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  • Starring: Paul Mooney, Mos Def, Sophina Brown
  • Summary: "Chappelle's Show" takes comedian Dave Chappelle's own personal joke book and brings it to life, with episodes consisting of sketches, man-on-the-street pieces, and pop culture parodies introduced by Dave in a stand-up format in front of a studio audience. Chappelle's unique point-of-view on the world provides a hilarious, defiant and sometimes dangerous look at American culture, including music, movies, television, advertising, current events, and everyday life situations. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Sep 27, 2013
    This show is genuinely ingenious, and hilariously outrageous - not to mention courageous. Plenty of people will find Chappelle's Show offensive - but then again, whenever you do something completely new, it's bound to offend somebody. In this case, it will offend a lot of somebodies. [22 Jan 2003, p.71]
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Sep 27, 2013
    A wild and funny thing. [22 Jan 2003]
  3. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    At its best, the show is outrageous and hilarious at once.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Sep 27, 2013
    If audiences get less misogyny and more of the clever, clear-eyed social observation he is capable of, they may come to understand why he has been forever on the brink of stardom. [22 Jan 2003, p.10]
  5. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Sep 27, 2013
    There are funny sketches and ones that go down in flames in comedian Dave Chappelle's erratic new series, which is interesting due to the unexplored territories it tills and the way it dares to offend sensitive types. [22 Jan 2003, p.53]
  6. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Sep 27, 2013
    Although some of the concepts in this premiere episode are clever - a blind white supremacist who doesn't know he's black, a training film at a Kinko's-type copying business that teaches how to alienate customers - the results aren't as sharp or funny as the ideas. [22 Jan 2003, p.74]
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  1. Nov 1, 2013
    Tis show is up there with the greatest. This show was very courageous and broke new ground in comedy with many sketches being very raw and being based on many controversial topics, like race. A truly hilarious show that always delivered, with shockingly brilliant writing and very talented musical performers. In my eyes, this show was a comedic gem that could be compared to Mr. Show or Kids in the Hall. Don't miss out on this one. Expand
  2. Jul 11, 2014
    Great Memories from this show back in the day, always looking late at night for some new Episodes on MTV and CC. Genius Comedy, unbelievable great Sketches Expand
  3. May 26, 2013
    Dave Chappelle received plenty of criticism during the two seasons of his self-titled TV show but never held back from saying what he thought. The show consists of a short stand-up segments from Chappelle that introduce sketches such as 'Ask a Black Dude' and 'Great Moments in Hook up History'.

    The sketches can be a little hit and miss and, being English, I didn't always understand the American cultural references but when he hits the mark Chappelle is painfully funny. For me the second season improved on this already fairly funny show, it is just shame contract and creative disputes but an early end to season 3 and eventually the show.