They say imitiation is the sincerest form of flattery, but Dave Chappelle isn’t feeling it. Instead, the groundbreaking comedian would prefer if comics Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele would run him his credit for making their Comedy Central show Key & Peele a success.
Speaking to Gayle King during an interview on CBS This Morning to coincide with the release of Chappelle’s new Netflix comedy specials, Chappelle discussed the tension he feels with the fellow comics and their series, which aired on Comedy Central years after Chappelle’s Chappelle’s Show went off the air.
“When I did Chappelle’s Show, there were certain conventions of the show that the network resisted. I fought the network very hard so that those conventions could come to fruition,” Chappelle told King. “So like the first episode, I do that black white supremacist sketch. And it’s like, ‘Well, that’s 10 minutes long. It should be five minutes long.’ Why should it be five minutes long? Like, these types of conventions. I fought very hard. … So when I watch Key & Peele and I see they’re doing a format that I created, and at the end of the show, it says, ‘Created by Key & Peele,’ that hurts my feelings.”
Chappelle also blasted the duo for copying his show, during the Roots Picnic festival in New York last summer saying, “I’ve watched Key and Peele do my show the last five f*cking years.”
Despite not being so fond of his de facto successors, Chappelle said he’s a fan of their work. “No. I’m a fan of their show,” he quipped.
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Chappelle’s two stand-up specials, The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas, hit Netflix March 21.