Dave Chappelle takes to Instagram to tell fans to say “NO” to his show.
I don’t think I’m offering up an insane opinion here, but Dave Chappelle is a genius.
He’s one of the best comedian’s of all time, for sure, but in my onion he’s become so much more than that. He’s a story teller, and he may the best story teller of his generation.
Sure he’s hilarious. That’s a given. But more and more he’s been using his humor to accent his poignant, thoughtful, and thought-provoking stories.
Of course, like most of us, my first real impressions of Dave Chappelle came with Chappelle’s Show. Sure, I saw Half Baked, and thought it was ok, and I remember seeing him years ago on Def Comedy Jam, but I didn’t truly become a fan until I watched him play a black white supremacist named Clayton Bigsby.
Upon watching Chappelle’s Show for the first time, the one with the aforementioned Clayton Bigsby character, had me rolling. However, when my laughter subsided, my first thought was, “There’s no fucking way they’re able to keep this on the air.”
In other words, I was hooked.
That show exposed me to the rest of Chappelle’s comedy, and when he abruptly left the show in 2005, I was disappointed. Not so much because the show was ending, but I was worried that my favorite comedian might be done for good, walking away from the spotlight before his time was up, like an extremely funny Barry Sanders.
Chappelle would return eventually, of course, and for me at least, it was refreshing to see a celebrity brittle at the thought of celebrity. It was a great example to see someone in the spotlight, say “woah”, step away and reset his himself. It’s something we all have to do from time to time, and it’s rare that a celebrity gets to do that, without being totally torn down by the fame machine.
Chappelle’s show would return as well, usually playing on Comedy Central from time to time, and then, earlier this month, finally landing on the streaming services Netflix and HBO Max.
Before I could stream a single episode of one of my favorite shows, however, Netflix had removed it. I was baffled.
Then Dave Chappelle shared an Instagram Reels post of himself on stage, titled Unforgiven. Then I understood.
The 18-minute clip shows Chappelle on stage telling a story of why he wants people to not watch the show that made him a household name. In short, Chappelle tells the story how he signed a shitty contract with Comedy Central and was never properly compensated for his work. He received no money from his show being licensed to the two streaming services, and he admits that he asked Netflix to pull the show, then applauds them for obliging.
Chappelle also states that he walked away from the show with nothing, not even the ability to give a new show, should he ever do one, his name. He also talks about HBO, whom he shopped the show to first, only to hear them ask, “What do we need you for?”. So now, he asks them the same question.
Of course, I can’t do the story justice by explaining it, so if you get a chance, please watch it. Chappelle asks the audience to not watch the show, and despite him always seeming to have this love/hate relationship with his show, this is the first time I remember that he’s actually asked people to not watch.
I’ll be sure to oblige, and hopefully this situation gets rectified so we can all enjoy Chappelle’s Show again. Maybe it will, because he’s Dave Chappelle and he has a voice so big, he doesn’t need a network like Habo or Comedy Central for people to hear it. Chappelle getting his due will be a huge win, but it won’t stop networks from doing the next big thing, just like they did Dave.
The New York Knicks are doing great things so far this offseason, by doing, well, nothing much.
After freeing up about 40 million in cap space, the Knicks signed Nerlens Noel, Elfrid Payton, and Austin Rivers all to smaller short term deals. They also added Myles Powell of Seton Hall, who averaged 23.1 points-per-game last season, as an undrafted free agent.
Of course, none of those moves scream championship, but what’s more impressive is the restraint the Knicks have shown this offseason. They didn’t trade for oft-injured 35 year-old point guard Chris Paul. They didn’t overpay for Gordon Hayward, who the Knicks targeted in the $20 million range, as they watched him sign for four years $120 million. They also have stayed away from trading for Russel Westbrook, who at 32, is not only on the down side of his career, but may be beginning to develop a bit of a “Marbury”-esque reputation as a guy who’s numbers don’t equate to wins…at a price tag of over $40 million per year.
It’s the second year in a row that the Knicks have shown restraint, and look willing to suffer in the short term to build the team the right way. It’s a stark contrast to teams of Knicks past, who loved those Westbrook-type players; aging veterans with bloated contracts that usually cost them draft picks.
I’d much rather see the Knicks continue to do things this way, than the old way. Of course, the offseason is still young, and there’s always the chance that Jim Dolan steps in and decides that he wants to trade his young core and future picks for Westbrook. But so far, so good at MSG.
This could be the first time in a long time where both my Knicks and my Mets have great offseason. If the Jets were any good at all, I’d swear we were in Bizarro World.
Quick Thoughts: If you haven’t listened to my podcast The Lou Cappetta Show this week, or at all, now is a great time to do so. This may be our best episode yet, and our guest this week, democratic political strategist Jessica DeLoach is terrific. We have some great future guests coming up soon too, so now is a great time to listen if you haven’t given us a try yet. You can find it on all podcast hosting platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and iHeartRadio.
I’m no genius, but with the rising numbers of covid-19 cases and death’s, the last thing we need are ‘Black Friday Door Busters”. I get it, businesses need Black Friday, especially this year, but if you want a sure fire way to keep crowds down this week, more so than even telling families not to gather on Thanksgiving, make every and all Black Friday deals online only. Seems like a simple idea to me.
Thanks for checking out this special Thanksgiving edition of the blog. I hope everyone has a great, safe holiday.