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SNL 40th Annniversary Special - Arrivals

Dave Chappelle and Elaine Chappelle - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Sunday 15th February 2015

SNL 40th Anniversary Special - 2015

Dave Chappelle - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Monday 16th February 2015

Dave Chappelle Explains Why He "Loves Television," And Opens Up About His "Self-Imposed Exile"


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Dave Chappelle's Long-awaited return to showbiz, after dropping out of sight nearly 10 years ago, his being triumphant as the comedian was recently named one of GQ's Men of the Year, along with Chris Pratt, Ansel Elgort, Steve Carrell and (a woman) Shailene Woodley.

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Chappelle has had a triumphant return to showbiz

But Chappelle isn't finished yet as he is determined to conquer the world of television once again, and revealed to the magazine's December issue his future career aspirations. "For one year, I want to do this thing where I guest-star on as many television shows as I possibly can. I love television," he admitted.

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Unlikely Pairings - When Comedians And Musicians Come Together


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Following surprising reports that Las Vegas rockers The Killers invited British comedian Jimmy Carr to join them onstage at V Festival, Contact Music looks at five of the most unlikely pairings from the worlds of comedy and music:

Jimmy CarrBritish comedian Jimmy Carr joined The Killers onstage at this year's V Festival

1) The Killers and Jimmy Carr

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Dave Chappelle spotted in the crowd during Little Mix's performance on 'Today'

Dave Chappelle - Little Mix perform live on the 'Today' show as part of NBC's Toyota Concert Series - NYC, New York, United States - Tuesday 17th June 2014

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Comedian Dave Chappelle Recalls Hilarious First Encounter Meeting Kanye West


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After several years of avoiding chat shows and interviews, Dave Chappelle is back on the circuit and is as hilarious as ever.

The 40 year-old comedian stopped by Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' on Friday (June 13th) mainly to promote his nine-show run at Radio City Music Hall.

But it is when he recalls meeting Kanye West for the first time that has garnered people's attention.

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Dave Chapelle Addresses Departure From Comedy Central: "I Never Quit"


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Dave Chapelle returned to David Letterman's 'Late Show' for the first time in ten years on Tuesday night (June 10th), and clarified a few misconceptions.

The 40 year-old was the star of his own comedy sketch program, 'Chappelle's Show,' which aired on Comedy Central.

Despite this being a success, he abruptly departed from the television network in 2006 without giving an explanation, so it was assumed he quit.

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Dave Chappelle Breaks Silence On Missing Out On $50M After Sudden 'Chappelle's Show' Ending


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So Dave Chappelle has finally addressed the ending of his hit Comedy Central show, Chappelle's Show, which came to an abrupt and unexplained ending in the mid-noughties. Well, we say that but the comedian dodged Letterman's questions regarding his sudden departure and even hinted that walking away from the project wasn't for good.

"I don't talk about it," Chappelle said on The Late Show with David Letterman. "Listen, here it is: Technically, I never quit. I'm seven years late for work."

What he did discuss was the money he reportedly lost out on: back in 2004, Chappelle was at the top of his game which translated into a $50 million contract. But by walking away from the show, Chappelle missed out on the mega paycheque.

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Late Show with David Letterman

Dave Chappelle - Celebrities outside the Ed Sullivan Theater for their taping on the Late Show with David Letterman - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 10th June 2014

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Dave Chappelle Leaving His Hotel

Dave Chappelle - Comedian Dave Chappelle leaving his hotel wearing a backpack - New York City, NY, United States - Monday 9th September 2013

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Hartford Mayor Tells Dave Chappelle To "Quit Whining" Following Heckling Incident


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Dave Chappelle stormed off stage during a recent performance in Hartford, Connecticut, after being subjected to a torrent of heckling and abuse from the crowd. Later in the week, the comic was on stage again in Chicago, where he went off on one against the town, calling them "young, white alcoholics." Now, the mayor of Hartford has hit back at Chappelle, telling him to "quit whining" and get on with his job.

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Chappelle has not impressed by the behaviour of his Hartford audience

"I don't want anything bad to happen to the United States," Chappelle said to his Chi-town crowd, "but if North Korea ever drops a nuclear bomb on this country, I swear to God I hope it lands in Hartford, Connecticut."

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"Dave Chappelle Should Quit Whining" Tweets Hartford's Mayor


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Dave Chappelle has not made friends in the Connecticut city of Hartford. The comedian was treated to an onslaught of heckles last week at his come-back gig and stormed off stage. The comedian performed in the Connecticut state capital on 29th August but only minutes into his performance was constantly interrupted by the crowd.

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Dave Chappelle taking a cigarette break while dining at The Ivy.

Chappelle's feelings towards the crowd were made perfectly clear when a video surfaced on YouTube. The 40-year-old, performing at another gig, described the crowd as "evil" and amid profanities, declared "I'll never go back." He then continued, evidently in a towering fury, to say "I don't want anything bad to happen to the United States, but if North Korea ever drops a nuclear bomb on this country, I swear to God I hope it lands in Hartford, Connecticut." He continued by describing the crowd as "young, white alcoholics", a comment which has not been taken kindly by many in the audiences and has been taken as a racial slur. 

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David Chappelle Tried a "Reverse Kramer" on Those "Young White Alcoholics"


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When Michael Richards went crazy on stage, calling people all kind of awful things, many – including himself – thought his career was over. For some reason, far be it from us to guess why, David Chappelle’s attempt at the reverse hasn’t been treated with the same vitriol.

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But by Chappelle’s own admission, he was "I wanted to pull a 'reverse Kramer' and call them all 'crackers' or something like that."

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Dave Chappelle Calls Heckling Hartford Crowd, "Young, White Alcoholics"


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Nobody's quite sure what prompted Dave Chappelle to totally lose it during his show in Hartford, Connecticut, last week, but the comedian has since attacked the city and its inhabitants, suggesting that if North Korea should ever drop a nuclear bomb on the United States, he would want it to land firmly in the centre of Hartford.

If you're unfamiliar with the story, Chappelle went off at hecklers in the crowd at a Connecticut show on Thursday (August 29, 2013) and refused to perform his material.

According to TMZ.com, he sat on a stool for several minutes with his mouth shut, eventually saying: "I f**ked up when I left my show, you know why? 'Cause my show only has to be 22 minutes of television. I could've went on television, I could've read the phone book for 22 minutes and I would've got $50 million dollars."

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Dave Chappelle Plans His Return With Summer Tour With Flight Of The Conchords


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Dave Chappelle is planning one of his most major projects since he left showbiz behind in 2005, as the comic is going on tour with New Zealand's fourth best folk-comedy duo Flight Of The Conchords. This is double good news because it spells the return of Chappelle on a pretty major scale and is also great because it means that Flight of the Conchords are still making wonderful music together even after tasting such glorious solo success.

Funny or Die are organising a 13-stop tour of North America that will feature the two comedy heavy-weights as well as Kristen Schaal, Hannibal Buress and Al Madrigal for the touring Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival. The festival will feature two separate stages, one for the more prominent comedians and another that will feature street performers, vendors, psychics, freaks and all manner of other tasty treats for comedy fans. The touring festival kicks off on 23 August in Austin, Texas (full dates below).

Chappelle abruptly left behind his showbiz past in 2005 during the filming of the third season of Chappelle's Show, when the comic became overwhelmed with the pressures of fame, the success of his show and the $50 million deal he had just signed for the show. The comic has since appeared on two editions of Inside the Actors Studio and appeared live sporadically for the past eight years - usually impromptu shows - and has since been making his gradual return to the comedy circuit.

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