Posts Tagged ‘Dave Chappelle’
It sounds more like stand-up comedian therapy than an art installation. As such, maybe recent Hartford heckle casualty Dave Chappelle can be compelled to stop by at some point for a photo opp.
Per DNAInfo’s Alan Neuhauser, Chashama art group is readying a ten-day October installation on West 37th Street that will encourage passers-by to come on in, jump on stage and tell a few jokes. Instead of two-drink minimum patrons, however, there will be an audience of 30 toy dolls, animated with occasional bursts of hot (laughter), medium (coos) or cold (wails) response:
“They’re a pretty giving audience,” said comedian Jo Firestone, who’s organizing the installation and will be working the controls for the babies’ responses. “They don’t like the inappropriate stuff, though. No rape jokes.”
AP writer Dave Collins has a solid recap of last night’s Funny or Die debacle at the Comcast Theatre in Hartford. The city was the latest stop for the website’s Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival tour, and we do mean stop.
Headliner Dave Chappelle chose to throw away a sizable portion of his allotted time, possibly in reaction to being heckled. Or it may just have been because he didn’t really feel like performing last night.
Among those in the audience was Massachusetts state representative Matthew Lesser:
“He basically stopped his routine and refused to go on and said he was contracted for 25 minutes and said he was just going to sit there,” Lesser said. “He was berating the audience and telling them they were a lousy audience. I think it was kind of sad and disappointing.”
On the front page of today’s Calendar section, Wesley Lowery pieces together some recent clues. Most notably comedian Dave Chappelle‘s recent three-day stint at the Comedy Cellar in New York and on-stage exchange with Chris Rock.
But it’s not easy to pin down Chappelle. Lowery got no response from Rock’s publicist, nor the two PR reps “known to work” with Chappelle. Other efforts were similarly unsuccessful:
Chappelle has spent much of the last seven years with his family in rural Yellow Springs, Ohio, tucked in the sparsely populated plains that lie between Dayton and Columbus. The sleepy, largely white town allows Chappelle to lead a peaceful life where he can shop for groceries, eat at restaurants and drop by the corner store for American Spirit cigarettes with relatively little attention.
There have been too many Dave Chappelle Twitter sightings in recent years to count. All turned out fake. Including the one who got into it with comedian Katt Williams last year. But now it looks like it’s official: Dave Chappelle is on Twitter. Even though his account remains officially unverified, Chappelle’s old writing partner Neal Brennan tweeted the news.
Momma’s boy Jonah Goldberg is touting the new “journalism” of his buddy Andrew Breitbart in his latest column. Since last week, Breitbart‘s name has become a synonym for bullshit cloaked as journalism (like “an OJ” means “a stabbing” or an anti-gay Republican means “gay”). In order to make the point about how lopsided malicious propaganda is “progress,” Goldberg tries to to slay Walter Cronkite’s legacy. Which is like saying a Megan Fox bearded drag queen is the best thing to ever happen to acting because Maryl Streep isn’t all that great.
Column is here.
Previously on FBLA:
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Comedian Dave Chappelle walked onstage unannounced at 10:43PM Sunday at West Hollywood’s Laugh Factory — where the infamous Michael Richards‘ n-word infused rant took place last fall — for an impromptu standup set.
It ended at 4:43AM Monday.
He took no breaks, and according to founder Jamie Masada, only about a dozen of the 150 people in the audience left.
Accordng to Variety, Chappelle covered “a multitude of topics during his megaset, tackling everything from President Bush‘s intelligence to Comedy Central’s decision to hype Carlos Mencia after Chappelle abandoned his show for the cabler.”
Chappelle’s record-setting set bested Dane Cook‘s April 10 set at the club, which lasted nearly four hours. (Cook was paying tribute to his father, who passed away the week before.) The previous record was a two-hour, 40 minute set by Richard Pryor in 1980.