Chappelle’s four hours at the Cellar

Someone told Radar magazine that Dave Chappelle dropped in at the end of Sunday night’s show at the Comedy Cellar to extend the night another four hours. I didn’t make it this time to see for myself.

Two problems (man, oh, man, I’m full of cantankerousness recently)…

1) Why again with the super-long stand-up sets? I’m all for hanging with Chappelle nonstop and enjoying his hilarious riffs on anything and everything, but in a club setting?

2) This one digs at me even more. Radar’s Neel Shah must not know much about comedy because he starts his report this way: "Patrons of New York’s Comedy Cellar who waited out a bunch of amateur yucksters…" Really? Amateur yucksters?!?! Do you have that much disdain for stand-up comedy, Mr. Shah (here I channel my inner Shecky Magazine), that anyone who’s not Dave Chappelle is an amateur? And yuckster? Nice double dig, there. Yuck, indeed. FYI, you don’t get on the bill at the Comedy Cellar if you’re an amateur. It’s all pros. And mostly national headliners with massive TV credits. Is Saturday Night Live‘s Darrell Hammond an amateur yuckster? Dave Attell? Nick DiPaolo? Jim Norton? Argh. Head hurts from reading drivel such as this.

Tonight’s so-called "amateur" lineup at the Comedy Cellar includes Darrell Hammond, Kevin Brennan, Elon Gold, Robert Kelly, Marina Franklin, Dan Naturman, Sherrod Small, James Smith, Dave Attell, Greer Barnes and Godfrey. Go see them. And tell them Neel Shah thinks they’re "amateur yucksters."

UPDATED: Upon further reflection of the Radar post, the photo of Chappelle isn’t from the Comedy Cellar at all. If anything, it looks more like Comedy Village. In which case, then maybe the Sunday night crowd did sit through more than a few amateurs. I need to know more.

Sean L. McCarthy

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