Though Dave Chappelle has performed a number of stand-up dates over the last few years, compared your usual attention-hungry star he’s been astoundingly quiet for the 6 years since he quit Chappelle’s Show in 2006. It looks like the man may be finally ready to return to the limelight, though—The Daily says he’s hard at work on a new show, though he’ll be avoiding the usual channels. “Dave Chappelle’s going back to TV,” says their source. “It’s not for a network. It’s for Netflix or Crackle or some other subscription service.”
It’s a logical move for a guy focused on creative control—compared to networks, subscription services are so hungry for new content that they’ll likely let him do anything he wants as long as he does it for them. So far Chappelle hasn’t given a clue as to what the show would be—maybe a cross between his old show and Louis CK‘s Louie? But you don’t have to be running a streaming service to be curious. Cross your fingers the buzz won’t make him run back to Ohio again.
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Very sad news to report. TMZ is reporting that Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, or Nate Dogg as he was better known, has passed away. The hip-hop star was only 41 years old, and our condolences go out to his family and friends. Nate had a lot of serious health concerns in the last couple of years which included strokes in 2007 and 2008.
Considering he collaborated with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Warren G, this is going to hit a lot of entertainers hard. Celebrities have already started reacting to the news. Dave Chappelle just tweeted, “Moment of silence for a hip-hop legend; RIP Nate Dogg. You will be missed, G Funk Era forever.”
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Believe it or not, the last time Chris Tucker made a movie without Jackie Chan was Jackie Brown. Variety says that Tucker, who has only made the three Rush Hour movies since 1998, may star in The Rabbit, an upcoming action flick about a Vegas magician hired by the CIA to find a Russian counterfeit artist. Keeping away from more obscene movies (like the Friday sequels) after becoming a born-again Christian in the late ’90s, Tucker’s previously been in talks to make Agent Double-O Soul (basically an Undercover Brother before Undercover Brother) in the late ’90s, and a movie about Frank Sinatra‘s valet in 2007. But aside from appearing in Michael Jackson‘s “You Rock My World” video, Tucker’s only role has been Det. James Carter of the LAPD. We’d love to see him play Ruby Rhod again, though—any market for The Sixth Element?
Between his charity work and TV appearances (who could forget his face after Kanye West slammed Bush at the Katrina benefit?), a lot of you probably never realized Chris was just barely keeping up his career as a movie star. See what’s up with four other comedy semi-recluses in the gallery below. Can you think of any other funny people you’d like to see get out of their mansions more?
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Sometimes that midnight text you get isn’t a drunk dial or a booty call at all, as fans of comedian Dave Chappelle found out this week. Chappelle spread the word that he would be having a secret show in Portland, Oregon, and thousands of people showed up to the Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland at 1am on Wednesday morning to see him. Chappelle said he expected about 200. Never underestimate people who want a free show, Dave – especially people who text message and Twitter.
The stunt is reminiscent of the outdoor party Chappelle hosted in 2004 in Brooklyn (which became the film Dave Chappelle’s Block Party), free tickets were handed out and people traveled hundreds of miles for that event. Chappelle was a one man show this time around, no house bands, music acts or entourage at the late show, and the peaceful crowd dispersed after an hour. [Photo: GettyImages]
If the entertainment biz was high school back in 2005, Dave Chappelle was the Big Man On Campus. The comedian rose quickly in the New York stand-up circuit, and broke into film at the age of twenty, starring in Mel Brooks‘ Robin Hood: Men in Tights. After a few failed TV shows, a film flop (Half Baked), and the disastrous decision to turn down the role of Bubba in Forrest Gump, he scored a serious hit on Comedy Central with Chappelle’s Show.
Dave combined comedy sketches (which often commented on pop culture, race, and class issues) with stand-up and live hip-hop acts, and the formula worked. In just two seasons the show had legions of fans, earned two Emmy nods, and the Season One discs became the bestselling TV-series DVD of all time–surpassing the 3 million mark. TV execs freaked and forked over a $55 million contract to try and snag the star for two more seasons. Instead, in May 2005, Chappelle ran out during production of season three, hopping a plane to Africa and ending the show for good.
Dave later returned to the States, though not to the small screen. In his first interview since his bizarre meltdown, he told Oprah Winfrey, “I wasn’t crazy but it is incredibly stressful … I felt in a lot of instances I was deliberately being put through stress because when you’re a guy who generates money, people have a vested interest in controlling you.”