Chappelle's Show

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Chappelle's Show
Chappelle's Show
Premiere January 22, 2003
Finale July 23, 2006
Creator Dave Chappelle,
Neal Brennan
Network Comedy Central
Style 30-minute sketch comedy
Company Pilot Boy Productions,
Marobru Productions
Seasons 3
Episodes 28 + 5 specials
Origin USA

Chappelle's Show is a breakout sketch comedy series written by and starring comedian Dave Chappelle. The show debuted to a huge positive response from both critics and viewers, resulting in it becoming the second highest rated show on Comedy Central, only coming second to South Park.

The format of the show is standard for sketch comedy. The sketches (or skits as Dave would refer to them with disdain) are separated by in studio bits in front of a live audience. At the end of each episode, a musical guest would perform. More often than not, the guest was a rapper, but on occasion someone like Erikah Badu or Wyclef Jean would perform.

In late 2004, production of the third season of the series was pushed off and inevitably halted for various reasons. Dave fell ill with the flu and eventually grew uncomfortable with fame and the pressures of stardom. He retreated to a psychiatric facility in South Africa during May 2005. Production of the third series was formally halted during this time, although Comedy Central president Doug Herzog announced that Chappelle was allowed whenever he felt ready to return to the show.

In December 2005, during Comedy Central's Last Laugh 05, it was announced that the series would return for a third season. However, because Chappelle hasn't decided to return to the series, the "third season" is comprised of a little over an hour of filmed sketches. The broadcast of these episodes was apparently initially nixed by Chappelle, but some kind of agreement may have been made later because the "lost episodes" were later scheduled to begin airing on July 9th, 2006 at 9PM. Longtime Chappelle collaborators and show contributors Charlie Murphy and Donnell Rawlings hosted three episodes in this compilation season, which was made up from early filming before Chappelle abandoned production. This third season was received poorly by fans and critics, who recognized it as an unpolished work.

Contents

Cast

Actor   Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3
Dave Chappelle   * * *
Anthony Berry   * * *
Bill Burr   * * *
Yoshio Mita   * * *
Paul Mooney   * * *
Charlie Murphy   * * *
Donnell Rawlings   * * *
Rudy Rush   * * *

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
Comedy Central
Season One January 22, 2003 July 16, 2003 12 + 2
Season Two January 21, 2004 May 3, 2004 13 + 3
Season Three July 9, 2006 July 23, 2006 3

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region 1)
The Series Collection November 20, 2007 purchase 6
Season Sets  (Region 1)
Season 1 Uncensored February 24, 2004 purchase 2
Season 2 Uncensored May 24, 2005 purchase 3
The Lost Episodes
Season Three
July 25, 2006 purchase 1
Segment Collection  (Region 1)
The Best of Chappelle's Show June 5, 2007 purchase 1
Episode Collections - Various Series  (Region 1)
Comedy Central's Home Grown June 10, 2008 purchase 1