Comedian Dave Chappelle is back. At least, we think he finally is headed in that direction after being voted one of GQ’s Men of the Year. The comic, who walked away from a king’s ransom after his mega-hit sketch comedy program Chappelle’s Show was picked up by Comedy Central with a new and very lucrative contract, seems to finally be at ease with his past. It sounds like he may want to return to the medium that made him a comedic superstar. However this time, he wants to knock out his own personal TV bucket list.
"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. The fact that television ultimately made me famous was very gratifying for me. Chris Tucker did it in movies, and Chris Rock did it from his stand-up, which was very impressive. But you know, the thing that people most will remember me for is Chappelle's Show.”
Chappelle's fans would definitely get excited about the comic's possible return to TV. After all, it's where he got his start and throned himself as the new King of Comedy. Still he remains loyal to his television roots and what his original series taught him about the TV business. So what will it take for Chappelle to get back in front of the camera? Sounds like the comedic actor has some very specific plans as to just how he can appear on about as many shows as he can in one season.
“I'd be a zombie in The Walking Dead. A corpse on CSI. I'd be the first black guy to fuck Olivia Pope on Scandal….”
Dave Chappelle's show on Comedy Central set all sorts of records for DVD sales when it was released for the first time about a decade ago. He then seemed to fall off the map, on his own terms, despite the meteoric rise. Rumors swirled that Dave Chappelle was living in a small midwestern Ohio town and did not want to talk to the media. Recently though, the comic has discussed a variety of topics, and apparently, he would love to tackle the medium again.However, this time it would be on his own terms.
It was not until about three years ago that Chappelle began to drop in for sets at comedy clubs unannounced. Most in the crowd seemed to be surprised at his sudden resurgence. They may have expected an entirely different Dave Chappelle. After a few more years of honing his new act, Chappelle returned to the grandest of all stages: Radio City Music Hall for ten sold out engagements. Naturally, Dave was a smash and back on the map.
Chappelle still recognizes his days at Chappelle’s Show as what really put him in the stratosphere. It was TV, a medium he loves. Recently, he has binge watched shows like The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. Sounds like the comedian may have changed his mind from a few years ago. Here's hoping that Chappelle starts knocking off his new list of TV goals.