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Dave Chappelle Gets Netflix to Remove Chappelle's Show

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Earlier this month, Chappelle hosted the SNL right after the 2020 election just like he did in 2016. In his 2020 SNL monologue, Dave Chappelle talked about his great-grandfather, who was a slave until he was 10 years old. “I wish I could see him now and I wish he could see me. I wonder what he would say. This week I flew to New York on a private jet to host Saturday Night Live. Netflix started streaming a show that bears his name, Chappelle’s Show, and HBO Max is streaming it. And I didn’t get paid for any of it,” Chappelle said. “If he could see me now, he’d probably be like, ‘This n—a got bought and sold more than I have.’”

The joke drew some gasps from the show’s live audience, but his most recent Instagram posting goes even further as condemns ViacomCBS for licensing his former series without allegedly compensating the comic for his work.

As Chappelle explained in the monologue, he initially signed a contract to host Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central as a “28-year-old expectant father that was broke.” “I was desperate, I needed a way out. It wasn’t good money, it wasn’t good circumstances, but what else am I going to do?” he asked.

According to the comic, he had previously approached HBO about the series but was turned down, Chappelle said in the video posted Tuesday, he was reminded of when HBO Max began streaming Chappelle’s Show this month through a licensing deal with ViacomCBS.

“Now, these are executives, all they have to do is say, ‘Yeah we’ll take it,’ or, ‘No, thank you, we won’t,’” Chappelle said of meeting with HBO years prior. “They didn’t say either of those things, they went too far. They said, literally, ‘What do we need you for?’ That’s what they told me as they kicked me out of the office, ‘What do we need you for?’ And here we are all these years later and they’re streaming the very show I was pitching to them. So I’m asking them, what do you need me for?”

Chappelle hosted his eponymous show for three seasons, but famously left after signing a huge $50 million extension with Comedy Central in 2005. After he exited Chappelle’s Show, however, Chappelle claimed he “never got paid.” “They didn’t have to pay me because I signed the contract. But is that right?” he asked. “I found out that these people were streaming my work and they never had to ask me or they never had to tell me. Perfectly legal because I signed the contract. But is that right?” As the crowd said it was not, Chappelle added, “I didn’t think so either.”

Chappelle signed a major deal with Netflix in 2016, and has worked almost exclusively with the streaming platform in the years since. But according to the star, when he found out Netflix had also licensed Chappelle’s Show for its platform, he was left “furious.”

So, you know what he did? Check out his Instagram video.

Obamas to Produce Netflix Anti-Trump Sketch Series

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The former president and first lady, Barack and Michelle Obama, acquired the rights to Michael Lewis' book “The Fifth Risk” back in 2018 as reported by Deadline. The show will be based on the book.

Barack and Michelle Obama will produce a Netflix sketch comedy series, “The G Word,” expected to be loosely based on an anti-Trump book that portrays the chaos that reportedly erupted after President Trump won the 2016 election.

Comedian Adam Conover, who will partner with the Obamas for the series, confirmed the news on Twitter.

“Very happy to finally be able to share this news: I’m creating a new comedy series for Netflix about the federal government. It’s called The G Word, and I can’t wait to share it with you,” Conover wrote, quote-tweeting the Deadline report. The series, which does not have a release date, will feature comedy “mixed with documentary elements,” according to Deadline.

The Obamas, under the name Higher Ground Productions, have a multimillion-dollar Netflix deal. Their first Netflix documentary “American Factory” hit the streaming service in 2019 and was widely considered an attack on Trump. The documentary focused on a Chinese billionaire who opens a factory “in the husk” of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring 2,000 blue-collar Americans.

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Dave Chapplle's SNL Monologue After Trump Is Denied 2nd Term

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Chappelle returns to SNL to again its first live show after a presidential election. In both of his 2016 and 2020 monologues, he managed to encapsulate how many (based on popular vote) really felt after each election.

Chappelle is a seasoned comedian who is not afraid to share his perspective on today’s sensitive topics and issues. He’s one of those few comedians who can be funny, smart and thought provoking simultaneously. He’s my favorite comedian today because of his unique talent to expertly communicate his unique perspective in a way that will resonate with people who would otherwise never cross paths with anyone like him.

In his 2016 SNL monologue, Chappelle ended his monologue by extending an olive branch to our friends on the other side of the political aisle. He said, “I’m wishing Donald Trump luck. I’m going to give him a chance, and we the historically disenfranchised demand that he gives us one too.”

In his 2020 monologue, the tone was not that different. Yes, he took some strong jabs at Trump and his administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Chappelle’s monologue was dark, but I believe better resonates with people regardless of their political affiliation. He urged Biden voters to consider the grievances of millions of voters on the other side and connected those feelings to the lived experiences of generations of Black Americans.

He ends his 16-minute set by suggesting that Americans to be more introspective and examine the root of their hate. It could be the hatred felt towards others of a different race or their own socio-economic status. He ends by confessing that’s what he hates. That feeling of not belonging or feeling hated by your own country because of the way you look or the way you’ve chosen to live your life. Chappelle said, “what I fight through; that’s what I suggest you fight through,” he said. “You gotta find a way to forgive each other. Gotta find joy in your existence in spite of that feeling.”

Check out his 2020 monologue when Trump loses.

Check out his 2016 monologue when Trump wins.

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SNL + Jim Carrey as Joe Biden

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Saturday Night Live will kicked off its 46th season on Oct 3rd, 2020 and has brought in Jim Carrey to play VP Joe Biden against Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump. In a Lorne Michaels interview with Vulture, Michaels revealed Jim Carrey signed on to play Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. “You’ll see the same people. I mean, Maya Rudolph is coming back, and Alec [Baldwin] will be back. And Jim Carrey is going to do Biden,” Michaels said, explaining that the casting started with Carrey expressing interest in the part and then “it came down to discussions of what his take was … He will give the part energy and strength, and [Laughs] hopefully it’s funny.”

Prior to Carrey stepping into the role, Biden has been portrayed by three different people throughout SNL’s 45th season. Woody Harrelson played Biden three times, starting with his hosting stint for the season premiere in September 2019. Jason Sudeikis, who played Biden on SNL during Barack Obama’s presidency, returned to play him during RuPaul’s episode in early February 2020, followed by a single appearance by John Mulaney during his episode later that same month.

Check out the season premiere opener

October 10, 2020 episode will feature comedian Bill Burr with muscial guest Jack White. Stay tuned.

Who is Bill Burr?

Other recent SNL news include Eddie Murphy winning his first Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series. Check out his acceptance speech below.

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Jamie Foxx: Dad Stop Embarrassing Me

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Jamie Foxx next Netflix project will be a father-daughter comedy starring and executive produced by Oscar winner Jamie Foxx. The series is inspired by Foxx’s relationship with his daughter, Corinne Foxx, who produces alongside Alex Avant.

Kyla-Drew (The Good Doctor, Jessie) will play Foxx’s daughter, with David Alan Grier (A Soldier’s Play, Sprinter) also joining this multi-camera comedy cast.

This marks Foxx’s return to multi-camera comedy. Following his breakout turn on Fox’s In Living Color, his successful family sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show ran for five seasons.

Jamie Foxx Impressions with Jimmy Fallon.

Jamie Foxx heckles a not funny comedian

Jamie Foxx vs. Jay Pharoah Impressions

Jamie Foxx: Wanda In Living Color - Stay To End For Scene Blooper

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Michelle Obama: Pro-Voting Comedy Special on ABC

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Michelle Obama has partnered with ATTN: to bring some pro-voting comedy content in the lead up to the 2020 election. ABC announced that Obama and ATTN: will team for its primetime comedy special VOMO: Vote or Miss Out, hosted by Kevin Hart.

The hour long special set to air Sept. 14, will urge viewers to practice their civic duty and vote in the upcoming presidential election in November.

Set to make appearances during the one-time comedy special are Tiffany Haddish, Scarlett Johansson, Will Ferrell, Jay Leno, Jaden Smith and Willow Smith. Also joining in are Tim Allen, Whitney Cummings, Kaia Gerber, Charlamagne tha God, Cristela Alonzo, 2 Chainz and Lil Baby.

While a slew of entertainment personalities are set to appear, political figures will also stop by. Joining for the Michelle Obama comedy special are former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor Larry Hogan, Ann Romney and Cindy McCain.

VOMO feature a lineup of comedy bits, stand-up acts and a musical performance. Between the performances, guests will inform viewers about their role in the 2020 election, share additional information on voting and highlight changes to voting procedures.

VOMO will air on ABC from 10pm to 11pm on Sept. 14.

Letterman & Chappelle Hanging in Ohio

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David Letterman was spotted hanging with Dave Chappelle in his hometown, Yellow Springs, OH, sipping coffee and talking. This sighting suggests Letterman will interview Chappelle for the next season of his Netflix series, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction”.

Chappelle and Letterman, who had a Chappelle-branded face mask hanging off his ear, sipping coffee in the middle of Yellow Springs with a production crew.

Chappelle has been making news by hosting a series of socially-distanced comedy shows – which he’s dubbed ‘Chappelle Summer Camp’ – and Letterman popped up to see the show and maybe did a little stand up.

Chris Rock’s already flown in for one of Chappelle’s shows, which have featured Jon Stewart, Jon Hamm, Tiffany Haddish, Michael Che, Jim Carrey, Louis CK, Donnell Rawlings, Sarah Silverman and Michelle Wolf.

We hope Chappelle is taping these shows and drop them on Netflix. Seems likely because fans have shared online that there is a sign displayed for fans waiting to enter the show. It warned: “This performance is being recorded for future telecasts and other exploitation at the producer’s discretion and may include pictures of the audience or individuals in the audience and backstage. Attendance at this performance shall be deemed your consent to appear in such telecasts without compensation.” Hmm, sure sounds like a taping!

In any event, whatever Chappelle and Letterman are cooking up, it’s sure to be funny!!!

Check out some of the tweets from those shows.

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What Is This Ellen Controversy?

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Ellen DeGeneres built her career on being nice. Now that’s in jeopardy.

If you’re like me you might be wondering what is the controversy with Ellen DeGeneres. Apparently, it has to do the working environment offstage at The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Many reports of a toxic work culture, discrimination, and sexual harassment is beginning to tarnish the 17-year-old, feel-good talk show’s reputation.

The cracks in this veneer started off thin and narrow. As the show became a daytime TV juggernaut over the past two decades, rumors simultaneously circulated, that DeGeneres was not as nice in person as the show portrayed her to be. But the cracks grew bigger over the past year, and became glaringly obvious during a memorable, uncomfortable interview on her show in November with Dakota Johnson and months later former employees began to speak up.

Here’s how the Today Show reported the Ellen controversy

DeGeneres acknowledged that the show had its faults.

“On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness — no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect,” DeGeneres wrote, apologizing in a letter to her staff about the reports’ allegations. “Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show.”

Clip of Ellen guest clap backs while appearing on her show.

Of all the guests featured in this clip, I’m most impressed with how Minhaj politely, respectfully and humorously taught Ellen the correct way to say his name. Great job, Hasan! Also, the next time I go to Starbucks I’ll tell them my name is Ansel Elgort!

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Comedy Albums: Joan Rivers & Bob Newhart

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New comedy albums featuring previously unreleased material from the late and great Joan River.

Comedy Dynamics will produce and distribute its acquisition of hundreds of hours of content from the Joan Rivers Estate. They plan to release a box set and digital albums. Rivers rose to prominence in the mid 1960s, best known for her quick wit and caustic style. She was truly a pioneer in the comedy world and influenced generations of comedians.

In 1986, Rivers made history by hosting her very own late night talk show, “The Late Show with Joan Rivers”. She won a Daytime Emmy for hosting “The Joan Rivers Show” and was also a bestselling author, playwright, screenwriter, film director, columnist, lecturer, and radio host.

“Joan is the icon of icons in every sense of the word,” said Brian Volk-Weiss, CEO of Comedy Dynamics. “Not only was she a comedic pioneer, she was an entrepreneur, author, actress, director and more. We’re excited to honor her career, and her life’s work for many years to come.”

To really appreciate Joan Rivers you need to watch her documentary, “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work”

Joan Rivers on the E!’s Red Carpet Fashion Show

Joan Rivers on Howard Stern

On the 60th Anniversary of Bob Newhart’s groundbreaking 1960 comedy album, Newhart discussed how it all came together.

Picture this: In early 1960, a 30-year-old unknown comedian with no stand-up experience walked onto the stage of a Houston nightclub to record an album which not only changed his life but also influenced generations of comedians and comedy fans.

On Aug. 1, “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart” reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, the first-ever comedy album to do so, launching Newhart’s storied 60-year career, including the iconic CBS sitcoms “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Newhart.”

Bob Newhart On The Comedian Who Stole His Material - CONAN on TBS

Bob Newhart Remembers His Friend Don Rickles - CONAN on TBS

The one thing that separates Newhart from all classic TV series is the most clever twist TV series finale endings. During the last two minutes of series finale of Bob’s 2nd TV series, Newhart had spent the previous eight seasons playing Vermont innkeeper Dick Loudon.

He wakes up in an oddly familiar bedroom. “Honey, wake up, you won’t believe the dream I just had,” he says, right before bedmate Suzanne Pleshette, who played his wife in his first series, Emily, on the popular 1970s sitcom “The Bob Newhart Show”, rolls over. Big reveal! The eight seasons of Newhart — and thus the very existence of Dick, his charming wife, Joanna (Mary Frann), and even dimwitted woodsmen trio Larry, his brother Darryl, and his other brother Darryl — had been nothing but a wacky, indigestion-fueled fantasy within the more realistic world of Newhart’s earlier comedy series. “To me, it was the ultimate wink-wink, nudge-nudge kind of thing,” said Newhart. He can thank his real-life wife, Ginnie, for this idea.
Check out the finale

This series ending was the most-discussed series enders ever. “People still come up to me and talk about it,” says Newhart. “It’s held up to other shows as the standard.”

Kanye Puts Chappelle on the Spot to Be Funny

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Rapper and 2020 presidential candidate, Kanye West tweeted a video showing “true friend,” Dave Chappelle pay him a visit in Wyoming.

In his Tweet video clip, West seemed to mellowed, and maybe even upbeat with a group of friends. At one point, he asked Chappelle to tell a joke: “Alright Dave, can you please make us smile? The world needs some — we need some joy, we need a smile.” “The brotherhood is real,” Chappelle replied. “Love is real.”

West asked Chapelle again to tell an uplifting joke, to which the comedian quipped, “Now you know I don’t write them.” That made the Yeezy designer laugh and he and Chappelle exchanged hugs with Chappelle looking to get the hell out of there.

What Happened At Kanye’s Presidential Rally?

For some reason West was wearing a bullet-proof vest and had “2020” shaved into his hair. West spoke incoherently at his rally this past Sunday without a microphone to a crowd that was not observing social distancing despite the escalating pandemic. In his presidential rally he ranted on a range of topics that seemed to be random thoughts similar to what we see from a Trump rally.

  • Abortion (he’s anti, but believes in giving women proper financial assistance as an alternative). “My mom saved my life,” West said while discussing the issue of abortion. “My dad wanted to abort me. My mom saved my life. There would’ve been no Kanye West because my dad was too busy … I almost killed my daughter.”
  • Addiction (he derided the availability of prescription painkillers),
  • Gun Control (he’s anti; “Shooting guns are fun,” he said)
  • Black Vote (“The most racist thing that’s ever been said out loud is the idea that if Kanye West runs for president, that I’m gonna split the black votes”). West spoke out negatively about abolitionist icon Harriet Tubman: “[She] never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people,” Audience groans.

Earlier this month, West withdrew his long-running support for President Donald Trump and expressed his intention to run for office. “[I’m] taking the red hat off,” he said in a lengthy interview with Forbes. “It looks like one big mess to me. I don’t like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker,” he said, referring to reports that Trump hid in a White House safe room during recent anti-police brutality protests in Washington, D.C.

Is Kanye running or not running for President? I still don’t know.

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