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.
So, do you think they owe him a thank you? Let us know in the comments below.
Chappelle’s two stand-up specials, The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas, hit Netflix March 21.
No Joke: Bill Cosby Is Back On Stage Doing Stand-Up
We are not trying to shame the elderly, but we are super confused why Bill Cosby is back on stage doing stand-up. He is after all 80-years old and going blind, but apparently that’s all apart of his routine.
Cosby did a set on Monday at LaRose Jazz Club in Philly and poked fun at his visual impairment amongst other personal anecdotes. He didn’t touch his pending trial, but many suspect his resurgence into the public eye is all a ploy to revitalize his image.
Just two weeks ago Cosby attended a dinner with friends and let reporters tag along to ask questions and take photos. This time around Cosby announced on his Facebook that he’d be doing a set a couple hours before. He wore a sweatshirt that said “hello friend” and also played the drums alongside the Tony Williams Jazz Quartet.
Folks in the audience are laughing … so maybe it’s working.
The disgraced comedian’s retrial on sexual assault charges is set to begin in April, and a new jury selection begins at the end of March. He averted a decision this past June when a jury couldn’t agree on a verdict … ending in a mistrial.
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