Dave Chappelle speaks! Comedian discusses 'reverse Kramer' in his first interview since '06
Dave Chappelle broke a long period of silence in the media to talk to a San Francisco radio station about leaving television, his recent non-performance in Florida and more.
It was the first interview he's done since 2006, shortly after he walked away from "Chappelle's Show" and a fat contract with Comedy Central. He's kept a pretty low profile since then, performing stand-up here and there. He was one of the headliners at a comedy concert Saturday (Aug. 13) sponsored by Wild 94.9-FM in San Francisco and chatted with the station's morning show on Friday. You can see the first part of the interview up above.
The primary topic was what happened when he played a charity gig at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel/Casino in July. Chappelle says he was heckled almost from the moment he took the stage. "I don't know what happened," he says, laughing. "... Someone said I melted down, had a nervous breakdown. I wasn't nervous at all. ... I feel like they wanted to get a reverse Kramer shot on me," he adds, referring to the caught-on-tape screed that former "Seinfeld" star Michael Richards delivered several years ago.
"This obviously wasn't the whole audience, but for the front, I could hear and see everything," he says. "So at a certain point, I was like, You can't possible expect me to do a show here. There's got to be a little cooperation."
Chappelle came back the next night -- "I didn't want to put a stink vibe on a charity," he says -- and had no issues with the crowd.
In the second part of the interview, which is below, Chappelle compares show business to drug addiction, discusses Kanye West and more. Take a listen:
Photo/Video credit: Wild 94.9
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