Watch Dave Chappelle’s first real interview in five years

By | August 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm | 5 comments | Audio/Video, News | Tags: , , ,

“Comedy is a very approval oriented field,” says comedian Dave Chappelle in his first interview in five years. Currently, the world’s population is just under seven billion people. Having everyone liking a single person is a statistical impossibility, much less thinking they’re funny. And Chappelle pointed out this fact out while chatting with the morning radio crew at San Francisco’s Wild 94.9 FM about the incident Chappelle had at a charity benefit in Florida where Chappelle opted to not tell jokes.

Chappelle was performing for over a thousand people, but the front row engaged in a “YouTube extravaganza” having their phones out to record him. In addition to taping without permission, many of those seated in the front were also talking, engaging with and even heckling Chappelle, but security at the event did nothing, as they were at an Indian casino and apparently the people in the front were of Seminole descent. Though they are a small fraction of the audience, the hecklers taping Chappelle ruined the show for everyone else. Dave commented that they were trying to catch him in a “reverse Kramer” situation where he would racially attack the crowd like Michael Richards did a few years ago at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory.

In case any of you were wondering, those are incredibly difficult circumstances in which to try make people laugh. Certainly, someone of the stature and ability of Chappelle deserves a little more cooperation on the behalf of the event staff and the venue. Still, even under those terrible conditions, Chappelle’s decision to not tell jokes further emphasizes the implicit truth that everyone will not find the same thing funny. Chappelle made it clear, “If I put forth a legitimate effort, then I feel like, you know, if it doesn’t work out, there’s nothing I can really do about it.”

Even in the interview while Dave is trying to explain what happened and what’s going on with him living in Ohio, the DJs ask vulgar, non-sequitur questions about Nicki Minaj and Alicia Keys’ butts. Their banter is quite annoying and really stifles Chappelle’s sincere explanation, but then again, that’s what 94.9 FM listeners and their DJs are into and they’re free to find that funny. And Chappelle doesn’t need the explicit approval of a front row who are just trying to get a few million YouTube views out of him.

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Jake Kroeger

Jake Kroeger has dedicated his life, for better or probably worse, to comedy. Starting and continually running the Comedy Bureau, a voice for LA comedy, by himself, he also writes and performs stand-up comedy in LA and watches more live comedy than is probably humanly tolerable. He's been a daily contributor to Punchline Magazine, now because he loves and believes in comedy so much. Said of Kroeger, "...without his dangerously insane, unhealthy work ethic, certain comics would not have any press at all."

  • mike n

    that one dude on the right is an annoying unfunny idiot, which explains why he’s on the radio. i was actually just in yellow springs at a park down the street from where dave lives and i guarantee even the dumbest person in yellow springs is smarter than that moron and definitely more talented than him.

  • yesh

    “What’s Round On The Ends: High in the middle? OH-HI-OH!


  • V7robins

    He must of ran out of weed lol

  • Shane Hedmond

    I understand they were joking, but, seriously, do you really not know anything about Ohio culture? It’s still in America and there are several professional sports teams here (albeit bad ones), we’re not a bunch of third world farmers.

    Good to see some info on what Chappelle’s been up to, though.

    • KCMatt

      What do you expect, they’re from San Francisco.

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