Five Reasons We Need Dave Chappelle Back in the Limelight

by Stacia L. Brown

It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since Chappelle’s Show left the air. Though the hit series ultimately proved to be too much pressure for comedian Dave Chappelle to sustain, its heyday afforded us some great satirical sketches and parodies of race and pop culture. Provided Chappelle’s mental health wouldn’t be jeopardized, wouldn’t it be cool if he made a TV show comeback? So much has happened politically and socially since he made his departure. He’s been gone for Obama’s entire presidency. He missed Oprah’s retirement. Wayne Brady’s hosting Let’s Make a Deal now. There’s so much old material to revisit and so many new occurrences to mine!

Here are a few things we’d love to see Chappelle return to tackle:

1. President Obama’s First Term

From his uber-cool saunter and laugh to his noted struggles to kick a decades-long smoking habit to his gorgeous, confident wife to his handling of opposition to the famed beer summit to what’s on his iPod to his varied accomplishments of the past four years, Chappelle would’ve had enough source material to last him two seasons.

2. Herman Cain

Much of Cain’s bid for a presidential nomination — and his subsequent fall in the face of infidelity allegations — played like an actual Chappelle Show skit. It would’ve been a breeze for him to adapt Cornbread’s 15 minutes of fame to a comedy sketch.

3. Real Housewives of Atlanta/Basketball Wives

The frequent, vicious catfights that now dominate these shows are just the kinds of ridiculous pop culture phenomena Chapelle was so great at skewering. Can you imagine his take on Nene Leakes or Tami Roman?

4. “Metrosexual Black Abe Lincoln”

Just today, some Super PAC attack ad decided to characterize the president as a “metrosexual, black Abraham Lincoln,” in what has instantly become an internet meme for the ages. Oh, the places Chappelle could go with this one.

5. T.O.’s Woes

It’s harsh to poke fun at a man while he’s down, but Terrell Owens seems to be on a one-man campaign to goad comedians into trading barbs at his expense. Between holding an athletic exhibition where no recruiters showed, talking frequently to the media about his financial straits, and taking to Dr. Phil to discuss his visitation and child support drama, it’d be hard for Chappelle not to joke at his expense.

What would you like to see Dave Chappelle come out of semi-retirement to address?

  • terri

    TOTALLY AGREE! He neeeeeds to come back comedy sucks these days.

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  • Felicia

    Two words: Money Team.

  • Lana M.

    This is a list for ALL comics! Love it!

    Come back Dave!

  • Aja

    I miss Dave too. He is funny as hell.

  • Wendy weedseed

    Just youtube him he has some recent comedy club stuff on there. Thats what hes doin now. I wish hed go on tour like Mike Epps and Kevin Hart. If i won the lottery today i would hook up a concert for these three and throw in Katt. Call it the Keeping it Real Comedy Tour.

  • Jai

    I agree, no one does comedy like Dave. Come back to us Dave!!!!!

  • African Mami

    I NEVER found Chappelle funny at all.

  • Reason

    While I did find Chappelle Show show skits to be funny in general (not to be confused w/ Dave Chappelle the comic), I still think his output and that of another lauded black satirist, Aaron McGruder (unlike Chappelle Show, I still can’t get into the Boondocks) to be wanting especially when it pertains to (racial) gender issues. Just like w/ rap and hip hop, when black men are given a chance to give voice to ALL black people and not just a subset of black male culture they close ranks. I’m ready for a sharp black female voice. Black comics “get no respect.”

  • pink

    Dave needs to come back because we all need some humor. Laughter is good for the HEART & SOUL. Where are you Dave?!?

  • Beanie

    Not a week goes by that I don’t catch a Dave skit still. My and my friends still quote alot of his stuff in funny situations. LOL!

  • SurveySays

    WTF is Juice?
    I want some Grape Drink, Baby!

    Love me some Jesus, but the resurrection I’d like to see is Dave Chappelle’s!!!
    Come back, Dave!

  • iQgraphics

    #6. -Tyler Perry

  • Kanyade

    I miss Dave.

  • Patti

    I second this also!

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