Yesterday, the comedy world had its hopes raised and then quickly dashed. There was rumor, started by iPad publication The Daily that Dave Chappelle was thinking about creating another show– perhaps for an Internet outlet like Hulu or Netflix. But that idea was squashed by Chappelle’s rep.
Understanding that Chappelle left his juggernaut, Chappelle’s Show because the pressures of his $50 million contract with Comedy Central were too much for him, one has to wonder if now, Chappelle will ever make another show, especially if all eyes are watching him as they were yesterday. Never announcing where he’s going up to perform and only dropping in at comedy clubs around the West Coast, Chappelle seemingly wants to remain hidden in a way– but it also seems like he’s getting ready for something. What that “something” is, no one knows.
Last month prolific author and cultural voice Chuck Klosterman suggested that “spoiler culture” has changed the way movies are written. In the essay, Klosterman discusses the notion that scripts written with the mechanism of one big twist revealed at or near the end of the film are near impossible to market and subsequently create because of the nanosecond immediacy of social networking. Similarly, Chappelle is, perhaps, cognizant of this M.O. of the Internet and the general public’s use and abuse of it and because of it, avoids causing the faintest whiff of what he’s doing next.
Whatever Chappelle’s next project may be, everyone will undoubtedly be watching his every step, and though that may be a problem for Chappelle, having everyone’s undivided attention is a great problem to have.