Last night, Dave Chappelle took the stage at the Comedy Cellar in NYC and performed solo for about 45 minutes. Chris Rock is then said to have jumped on stage and said one thing (that rings all types of truth): “Aw, you lucky motherfuckers.” Sadly, it’s looking like no one recorded the event so we’ll just have to rely on Sean McCarthy and his recap…
For the next hour, the two comedic icons just riffed. On the Oscars and Seth MacFarlane’s performance as host. On Kevin Hart showing up at the Cellar the other night, and his two sold-out concerts last fall at Madison Square Garden. On Prince, who’s supposed to be in the city this coming weekend. On Jay-Z and President Barack Obama, and the sights and sounds of a $20,000-per-plate Obama fund-raiser last year at Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club. On passing on the chance to open for Jay-Z during his sold-out concert run at Barclays Arena in Brooklyn. “I had no material!” Rock demurred. “Neither do I!” Chappelle countered. They joked about eating fast food. And on the prospect of calling up another famous friend for a late-late-night outing to eat spaghetti. Just because it’d be funny to Chappelle to have strangers see a group of famous men (married with children), out late together doing something completely normal and boring. Chappelle convinced Rock to text Jay-Z at around 1:30 a.m. After a lack of a reply, they called Arsenio Hall and left a voice-mail message; then later the same for Lenny Kravitz.
“This could be the show,” Chappelle said. “Fireside chats with Chris Rock.”
“I’m in,” Rock replied.
Make. This. Happen. PLEASE. UPDATE: Kevin Hart, Bill Bellamy and Marlon Wayons also took the stage and Questlove has a collection of pictures and recounts on his Instagram.
I’m going to see Kevin Hart live in a few weeks for the very first time, and I’d gladly trade my floor seats to see both Chris and Dave do stand-up at the same damn time. While on “Today” promoting Madagascar 3 hitting the DVD/Blue-Ray circuit, Chris makes a very brief remark about working with Dave Chappelle. Let this come true, Based God… SHAKE EDIT: Considering we heard the exact same thing back in January, I’m not holding my breath.
Remember those rumors back in October? Well, things may still be in motion. Inspired by The Throne, Chris Rock has hopes that he and Chappelle will make it happen. Check what he said to Vulture below.
I’ve been talking to Chappelle a lot. Been trying to get Chappelle to go on tour. You know I’m not the hard one [laughing]. But I’m trying to make that happen. After seeing Kanye and Jay-Z, I was like, ‘Me and Dave should do this.
When Chris Rock’s daughter, Lola, came up to him crying and asked, “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?” the bewildered comic committed himself to search the ends of the earth and the depths of black culture to find out who had put that question into his little girl’s head! Director Jeff Stilson’s camera followed the funnyman, and the result is Good Hair, a wonderfully insightful and entertaining, yet remarkably serious, documentary about African American hair culture. An exposé of comic proportions that only Chris Rock could pull off, Good Hair visits hair salons and styling battles, scientific laboratories, and Indian temples to explore the way black hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships, and self-esteem of black people. Celebrities such as Ice-T, Kerry Washington, Nia Long, Paul Mooney, Raven Symoné, Maya Angelou, and Reverend Al Sharpton all candidly offer their stories and observations to Rock while he struggles with the task of figuring out how to respond to his daughter’s question. What he discovers is that black hair is a big business that doesn’t always benefit the black community and little Lola’s question might well be bigger than his ability to convince her that the stuff on top of her head is nowhere near as important as what is inside.
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