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Chappelle's Show - The Complete Second Season Uncensored Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 May 2005

Chappelle's Show - Season 2 Uncensored
Paramount Home Entertainment/Comedy Central
MPAA rating: NR
starring: David Chappelle, Paul Mooney, Charlie Murphy
TV broadcast year: 2004
DVD release year: 2005
film rating: Five Stars
sound/picture rating: Four Stars
reviewed by: Bryan Dailey

What was so funny that it prompted Comedy Central to give Dave Chappelle a $50 million dollar contract? The answer can be summed up in four words. “I’m Rick James’ bitch!!!!!!” It was this catch phrase from the segment “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” that launched the already successful “Chappelle’s Show” into the pop culture stratosphere. Basketball players would yell this catch-phrase behind their teammates doing national TV interviews during warm-ups. The guys from System of a Down were guests on the nationally syndicated radio show Loveline and couldn’t stop saying it during the show. Chappelle had officially kicked Chris Rock out the top spot when discussions of “funniest man in the world” came up in casual conversation and he had Charlie Murphy to thank for it.

Beating out his own Season 1 DVD and the “Family Guy” series, “Chappelle’s Show” Season 2 has become the highest-selling television show DVD of all time and for good reason. Not only are there a nice amount of immature fart and poop jokes in Chappelle’s humor, but he also has a great talent for doing some social commentary on topics like the dangers of drug abuse and racism in a way that is funny and educational but not preachy. In one particularly funny skit, Chappelle enlists the talents of Snoop Dogg and a bunch of Muppetlike puppets to teach kids about the dangers of STDs. Chappelle and his writers dreamed up some really gross-looking puppets for syphilis, herpes and gonorrhea. The result is like watching “Sesame Street” while on acid; it’s funny and disgusting yet ultimately very educational.

Although Dave Chappelle is not a truly great impressionist, the few impressions of famous people on season two of his show are pretty darn accurate. One of the best skits ever is his spoof of Samuel Adams beer in the commercial for Samuel L. Jackson beer. He delivers the lines in this commercial dressed like a Civil War general but wearing the jheri curls that in “Pulp Fiction.” At one point in the skit, one of the patrons in the restaurant who is ordering the beer asks Chappelle as Jackson to stop yelling, to which Jackson replies loudly; “This is how I talk! Haven’t you seen any of my movies!!???”

On a classic episode of Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories, Charlie tells the tale of how Prince, yes, the five-foot-two purple king of ‘80s pop music, challenged Charlie, Eddie and his pals at a club to a game of street basketball. In the sketch, Chappelle plays the part of Prince and when it’s time to hit the courts, Charlie and the gang have changed into their gym clothes but Prince’s team is still sporting the same frilly duds they were wearing in the nightclub. Charlie dishes out the line, “Okay, I guess it’s shirts vs. blouses,” thinking this is going to be a walk in the park looking at Prince’s motley gang of gender benders. Little does Charlie know that Prince has some serious game. As Prince leaps into the air for a final reverse tomahawk slam-dunk, he hangs on the rim and looks into the camera with that famous Prince stare and says, “Game … blouses.” As a sign of goodwill, Prince then invites the crew inside his home to make them pancakes, asking in a low sexy voice, “Do you want some pancakes, Charlie Murphy?” Charlie swears it’s all true and, when you think about it, who could ever make something like that up? It has to be one of the funniest skits ever done on any comedy show.

Even if you have seen all of the episodes of “Chappelle’s Show” Season 2, don’t feel like you don’t owe it to yourself to see this disc. The commentary by Chappelle and series co-creator and writer Neil Brennan is quite amusing, as are the over 30 minutes of outtakes and additional stand-up comedy. You get to see how loose things are on the set as Chappelle sets up the little segments before each skit. One particularly funny outtake involves Chappelle trying to figure out which hat he is going to wear for one shot. He improvs and has the crowd in stitches as he argues, in a lighthearted way, with the show’s director and wardrobe person. Some people can do anything and make it funny and Chappelle is one of them.

The only problem with the roaring success of Season 2 of the show is that it has put an extreme amount of pressure on Chappelle to come up with funny material for Season 3. His show was slated to air on Comedy Central this spring, but reportedly the pressure to come through with another laugh-packed season drove Chappelle into hiding. Was he really in Africa in a mental institution, or was he just setting us all up for what is to be a super funny skit when Season 3 finally hits the air, hopefully some time this season? I can’t wait to find out but, in the meantime, I get to relive all of last season with this amazingly funny DVD set.

more details
sound format:
Dolby Digial 5.1, Dolby Pro Logic 2.0
aspect ratio(s):
4:3 (Full Screen)
special features: Extra Dave Chappelle stand-up; extended interview with Rick James; additional Charlie Murphy memories of Rick James; two unaired Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories; commentary by Chappelle and series co-creator Neil Brennan
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reference system
DVD player: Kenwood DV-403
receiver: Kenwood VR-407
main speakers: Paradigm Atom
center speaker: Paradigm CC-170
rear speakers: Paradigm ADP-70
subwoofer: Paradigm PDR-10
monitor: 27-inch Toshiba

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