Before Prince made Dave Chappelle laugh, it seems he also nearly made him cry.
In a new interview with CBS, Chappelle talked with host Gayle King about a myriad of topics.
Chappelle had it all when he chucked it and fled to South Africa in 2005. He likened it to breaking up with a insane b*tch. But in your mind you're like, "That (expletive) is insane". I'm not going back, ' he said. At the end of the day ... you don't have that much control over it. "You just try to conduct yourself as best as you can". I've been all over the country touring all my life, but I never saw anything. And I think about that when I engage people.
The first Prince-themed episode of "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories" premiered on legendary comedy show Chappelle's Show on February 18, 2004, and saw Dave dressed in full Prince regalia as comedian (and brother of Eddie Murphy) Charlie Murphy recounted the freaky tale of partying and basketball that would soon become one of the most memorable comedy sketches of all time. And I fought the network very hard so that those conventions could come to fruition ... Chappelle affirmed that he was "a fan" of the sketch series, but later added that his feelings remain mixed: "When I see Key & Peele, and I see they're doing the format that I created, and at the end of the show it says 'created by Key & Peele, ' that hurts my feelings". And it's like, 'Well, that's 10 minutes long. He then recounted a time when Prince gave a guitar pick to Chappelle's sister in the front row of a concert. As an example, Chappelle references the legendary Clayton Bixby sketch, which he meant to be a ten-minute sketch, while the network insisted it run for only five.
Now, having returned from his self-imposed comedy exile to sign a three-special, $60m deal with Netflix, Chappelle has given an interview with The New Yorker discussing, among other things, his feelings on the artist with which he is so inexorably linked. "These types of conventions.I fought very hard". "I think there was a speculation that Dave doesn't like Key & Peele", King began (that would be putting it mildly - last October Chappelle said he's been "watching Key & Peele do my show the last five fucking years"). I didn't know him that well, but the times that we hung out were fun and very memorable and often amusing.