Day: May 1, 2008

Flashback: Dave Chappelle’s prophetic view on fame revealed in 1998 HBO special

The other day, I caught the final few minutes of Dave Chappelle’s HBO Comedy Half-Hour from 1998 (taped in San Francisco in 1997). After a routine on racism, Chappelle closes his set wondering what would happen if and when he ever became rich and famous. It rings with so much more truth years later, after seeing Chappelle react to the aftermath of his mega-million Comedy Central deal, and seeing him now. "I’m nervous. Not about this special. I hope this shit don’t make me famous. You dig? I don’t want to be famous famous. I want people to like me for who I am. Like, famous dude don’t ever know why people like him. That’s why if I ever make it, I’m going to have to like, have to test people…" Conveniently, HBO Comedy will be playing this half-hour of Chappelle’s several times in May. And here is a video clip of those final eight minutes I mentioned...

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Flight of the Conchords debut at #3 on Billboard charts

New Zealand’s favorite musical parody duo with an HBO show, Flight of the Conchords, debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts this week by selling 52,000 copies of their self-titled full-length. Take that, Dane Cook?! Cook, as you may recall, rocketed into the mainstream’s collective consciousness three years ago when he became the first comedian in three decades to reach the Top 5 on Billboard’s pop chart (he hit #4). So, really. Take that. Especially since the Kiwis released several of these songs before, just a few months ago in October, on their EP "The Distant Future" (Billboard reports that disc only reached #116 on the Billboard 200). So, take that! Of course, 52,000 discs gets you a lot higher up the charts these days in a sluggish record business. And if you’re going to make a comparison to Flight of the Conchords, Weird Al Yankovic might be more apples to apples than Dane Cook. Although Weird Al, despite a couple of hit songs, only peaked at #10 on the album charts. How do you like them apples, anyhow? Previously: Easy clicks to buy the record yourself, or get tickets for their tour, which kicks off May...

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Daily Show’s “Indecision 2008” to visit Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul for convention coverage

Comedy Central has announced that The Daily Show with Jon Stewart will hit the road this summer to cover both the Democratic and Republican national conventions as part of its Indecision 2008 coverage. Shows during Democratic National Convention will tape at The Byron Theatre in the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at The University of Denver (airing Aug. 26-Aug. 29). The following week, the shows will tape from The History Theatre at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minn. (airing Sept. 2-5). Ticket requests for Denver or for St. Paul. The show previously covered the national conventions in 2000 and...

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