Members of Queen, the Police, Rush to honor Taylor Hawkins
The London-based tribute concert for Foo Fighters’ late drummer Taylor Hawkins will include Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde, Oasis’ Liam Gallagher and comedian Dave Chappelle.
33 years later, Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall return to Zamunda
NEW YORK – When Eddie Murphy made the original “Coming to America,” he was, almost indisputably, the funniest man in America. “Now I take nothing for granted and appreciate everything.”Thirty-three years after “Coming to America,” Murphy and Hall have returned to Zamunda. At the barbershop, where Murphy and Hall also reprise their characters, the conversation bounces from Teslas to transgender people. Before making “Black Panther,” Murphy has said Ryan Coogler approached him about a “Coming to America” sequel. Ruth E. Carter designed the costumes of both “Black Panther” and “Coming 2 America.” Both were shot in Atlanta.
Dave Chappelle tests positive for COVID-19; shows canceled
FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2019, file photo, Dave Chappelle arrives at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 22nd Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor presented to Dave Chappelle, in Washington. Chappelle tested positive for the coronavirus just before his comedy show scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21, forcing his upcoming appearances to be canceled, a spokeswoman said. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)AUSTIN, Texas – Dave Chappelle tested positive for the coronavirus just before his comedy show scheduled for Thursday, forcing his upcoming appearances to be canceled, a spokeswoman said. Those shows have been canceled and Chappelle is quarantining, his representative Carla Sims said in a statement. He apologized on Instagram to followers for the canceled shows, saying they'd be rescheduled.
Dave Chappelle set to turn Ohio firehouse into comedy club
Chappelle is set to buy a former fire station near his Ohio hometown with plans to turn it into a comedy club. Fire Station in Yellow Springs will be sold to the 47-year-old actors company and turned into a club that will seat 140 people. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – Comedian Dave Chappelle is set to buy a former fire station near his Ohio hometown with plans to turn it into a comedy club. Chappelle's ties to Ohio go back to his father, who graduated from Antioch College, in Yellow Springs, and later was a professor there. In June, Chappelle held a private, outdoor stand-up and social commentary performance to a socially distant and masked audience in Yellow Springs.
Jim Carrey, as Biden, mocks Trump loss on 'SNL'
Jim Carrey played President-elect Joe Biden, taking the stage and poking fun at the five-day wait for results. He even offered a throwback to one of his infamous '90s-era lines, calling President Donald Trump a “Looooosseer!” to laughs and applause. Chappelle hosted “SNL” in November 2016 in its first episode after Trump’s election, pointedly critiquing the surprise over the result. “You know, I didn't know Donald Trump was going to win the election,” Chapelle said four years ago. “SNL” has regularly lampooned Trump and his presidency in recent years, enlisting Baldwin to play the commander in chief.
Dave Chappelle speaks on George Floyd in new Netflix special
NEW YORK An angry and emotional Dave Chappelle spoke on the killing of George Floyd in a surprise Netflix special, saying America was being punished for its mistreatment of black men. The special was released Thursday and is streaming free on Netflixs comedy YouTube channel. It was taken from a show at an outdoor pavilion in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with about 100 attendees on June 6. Chappelle called his special 8:46 in part after the length of time the officer was on top of the handcuffed Floyd. When I watched that tape, I understood this man knew he was going to die, said the comedian.
Dave Chappelle accepts Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Dave Chappelle accepted the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Sunday. The award is considered the highest accolade in comedy and recognizes individuals who have had an impact on American society in the vein of 19th-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens, or pseudonym, Mark Twain. Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy said in a video tribute Chappelle is the type of person who is "so much smarter than everyone." "Dave is one of the most, maybe the most, intellectual comedian ever," Murphy said. Previous recipients of the Mark Twain award include Richard Pryor, Jonathan Winters, Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, George Carlin, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Ellen DeGeneres, Carol Burnett, Bill Murray, David Letterman, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Boundary-pushing Dave Chappelle receives Mark Twain award
WASHINGTON, DC – Dave Chappelle has built a career on pushing boundaries and challenging social conventions. Rapper and actor Common praised Dave Chappelle's bravery and sociological influence. Musician John Legend paid tribute to Chappelle's passion for music and determination to use his influence to spotlight different artists. At the height of his fame, Chappelle organized "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" — a movie built around an all-star concert featuring Legend, the Roots and a reunion of The Fugees. Chappelle spoke with reverence about the Mark Twain prize and the "art form" of stand-up comedy.
Dave Chappelle to be honored with Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
(CNN) - Dave Chappelle is set to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday. In honor of Chappelle accepting the award, here are a few (almost impossible to chose) of his most classic bits and skits. (Strong language warning). (Strong language warning). (Strong language warning).
Is Comedy Dead? New Doc Warns of How PC Culture Is Ruining Comedy
Is comedy dead? We have to be modulated and Im a little worried about it, a little alarmed about things I cannot say. Dave Chappelle's most recent comedy special also came under fire for his controversial jokes. Comedian Shane Gillis was fired from SNL before he even started after his bigoted remarks from a podcast went public. How Jim Gaffigan and Wife Jeannie Found Comfort in Comedy After Her Tumor DiagnosisComedy Icon Carol Burnett Marks 50th Anniversary of Hit Show
Brad Pitt visited Kanye's Sunday Service
Brad Pitt was in attendance at Kanye West's Sunday Service and it's kind of a head-scratcher. The event was held over the weekend in Watts, California, which you ordinarily wouldn't think of as a stomping ground for ether of the superstars. And there, in the crowd of folks jamming in the parking lot of a church in Watts, was Pitt. Photos on social media show Pitt and West smiling and chatting it up. CNN has reached out to a rep for Pitt for comment.
Chappelle: Doing this for every victim
Comedian Dave Chappelle hosted a free benefit concert for Dayton, Ohio, on Sunday to honor people killed in this month's mass shooting and to benefit families and survivors. Distributed by LAKANA. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Dave Chappelle to host benefit concert for Dayton, Ohio
(CNN) - Comedian Dave Chappelle will host a free concert for Dayton, Ohio, on Sunday to honor people killed in this month's mass shooting and to benefit families and survivors. His wife, Kim Kardashian West, tweeted a link to the performance, writing, "In support of the victims and survivors of the Dayton mass shooting." Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley announced the event Wednesday, adding that people unable to attend can donate to the Oregon District Tragedy Fund. No more will be available, the event page said. Chappelle lives with his family in Yellow Springs, Ohio, about 20 miles east of Dayton.
TV's sketch comedy boom is hip, smart and inclusive
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - The new IFC sketch show "Sherman's Showcase" wasted little time in mocking preconceived notions about its expected audience. In reality, it's been four years since Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's Emmy-and-Peabody-winning Comedy Central show "Key & Peele" ended and TV's sketch market is growing increasingly racially diverse. He added that "I don't think any of these sketch shows coming out are going to look the same or even, or even deliver the same kind of jokes. While the name "A Black Lady Sketch Show" does emphasize the historical significance of this series, it was almost called the somewhat less inclusive "The Black Lady's Sketch Show." "Sherman's Showcase" is currently airing on IFC and "A Black Lady Sketch Show" airs on HBO.