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Dave Chappelle Hit With Peel

4/1/2015 9:32am EDT
Dave Chappelle Hit With Banana Peel On Stage, Man Arrested
A Santa Fe man was arrested Monday night following a stand-up performance by Dave Chappelle after he threw a banana peel at the comedian during his performance.

Police say 30-year-old Christian Englander was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and battery after striking Chappelle in the leg with the banana peel at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in northern New Mexico city.

Dobyns told police he threw the peel because he was offended by jokes Chappelle had made about his companion during the show. The L.A. Times reported that Dobyns friend was drawing sketches during...

The Morning Roundup: Katy Perry Roars To The Top Of The Charts, Hartford Mayor Blasts Dave Chapelle

9/6/2013 9:46am EDT
Katy Perry
The mayor of Hartford, Connecticut blasted Dave Chappelle over his performance walk-out last Thursday night, telling him to "quit whining" following a gig in Chicago, Illinois where he blasted the city. Some might say he got racist, and he also called for North Korea to nuke the city. (story)

Katy Perry's video for her latest single, 'Roar', has arrived, and the song has also knocked Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" from the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (story)

Naomi Watts stars as Princess Diana in the new movie biopic "Diana", and she dazzled on the red carpet for the film's L...

Dave Chappelle Wants North Korea To Nuke Hartford, CT; Calls Crowd 'Young, White Alcoholics'

9/5/2013 8:09pm EDT
Dave Chappelle
Comedian Dave Chappelle used his sour experience with a few hecklers during his Hartford, Conn. gig last week as material to get the crowd pumped up at the start of his Chicago, Ill. performance on Tuesday night.

The comedian lashed out at the city, calling the crowd "evil" and a bunch of "young, white alcoholics".

Last Thursday, Chappelle, who is headlining the "Funny or Die Presents The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival", walked out on the Hartford crowd shortly after taking the stage and telling few jokes. The comedian halted his performance because of a few of hecklers and an overal...

The Morning Roundup: Gwen Stefani Expecting Third Child, Lamar Odom Heads To Rehab, Miley Cyrus Gets Nasty

9/5/2013 10:00am EDT
Gwen Stefani
Scarlett Johansson is engaged. The actress reportedly said 'yes' to boyfriend Romain Dauriac a month ago, and she was spotted with her shiny new rock on the red carpet at the Venice International Film Festival on Tuesday. (story)

Lamar Odom has finally realized he has a problem and has checked into rehab. (story)

You stay classy, Miley Cyrus. (story)

Gwen Stefani is expecting her third child at 43. (story)

Contrary to reports, Jack Nicholson is not retiring from acting. A website that we won't name (and whose credibility we question) reported that the actor is suffering from memory loss...

Patton Oswalt Defends Dave Chappelle For Stage Walk Off

9/1/2013 4:10pm EDT
Patton Oswalt
Patton Oswalt has  jumped to defend Dave Chappelle after the fellow comedian walked off stage at a gig on Thursday night due to hecklers.

The stand-up cut short his set at the Comcast Theater in Hartford, Connecticut, after getting fed up with members of the audience shouting at him and quoting his older gags.
Oswalt has now taken to to urge those with tickets to Chappelle's ongoing comeback tour to let him do what he does best.
He writes, "Dear Dave Chappelle's fans: He's one of the best comedians working, & you're not letting him do what he loves. Stop being a**holes. ...

Dave Chappelle Cuts Stand-Up Routine Short Over Hecklers, 'Noisy' Crowd

8/30/2013 10:49pm EDT
Dave Chappelle
Comedian Dave Chappelle walked out on his stand-up gig at Hartford, Connecticut's Comcast Theater Thursday night.

Chappelle, the headlining act on the "Funny or Die Presents The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival", cut his set short and sat quietly for nearly 30 minutes on a stool because of some hecklers and a noisy crowd.

"He didn't do anything. He just stood there. ... He wanted quiet. He wanted everyone to be quiet while he performed," one audience member told Connecticut's NBC affiliate WVIT 30.

Chappelle reportedly told a few jokes but stopped when the crowd got too unruly for him...

Prince Uses Photo From Dave Chappelle's Infamous Sketch For Single Cover

8/19/2013 1:07pm EDT
Dave Chappelle as Prince
Prince thrilled fans on his new Twitter account by revealing a preview of his new song "Breakfast Can Wait" - and attached to it was a photo featuring Dave Chappelle.

Chappelle performed a sketch titled True Hollywood Stories on Chappelle's Show, one of which featured Prince. The singer challenged one of Dave's writers, Charlie Murphy, to a game of pick-up basketball and served them pancakes afterwards.

For his new single Prince took an image of Dave, who played Prince in the sketch, offering some pancakes.

The sudden embrace of social media is surprising considering Prince's history w...

Dave Chappelle, Flight Of The Conchords To Headline Funny Or Die Comedy Festival

6/18/2013 5:01pm EDT
Dave Chappelle
Comedian Dave Chappelle is set to return to the stage in a new comedy tour sponsored by website Funny or

The reclusive Chappelle's Show star has kept out of the spotlight for nearly a decade, after ending his show suddenly in 2005. The star has made a handful of appearances since, and will now be returning to the limelight for a 13-date tour with the likes of Brett McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, aka Flight of the Conchords, Demetri Martin, Kristen Schaal and Al Madrigal.

The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival is set to kick off on August 23 in Austin, Texas, and wrap up in Mounta...

Celebrities That Turn 40 In 2013

1/2/2013 1:37pm EST
Kate Beckinsale
What were you doing 40 years ago in 1973? Our guess is that many of you reading weren't even born yet? Taking a look back at history, here were a few things going on in the world that year.

The biggest story was then President Richard Nixon told the world he was "not a crook," as the Watergate hearings began. Also that year George Steinbrenner purchased the New York Yankees for a mere $12 million from CBS. Popular films included The Exorcist, The Sting, Live and Let Die and Bobby squealed like a pig in Deliverance. Top TV shows in 73' included The Odd Couple, The Partridge Family, Columbo,...

Charlie Sheen Blames Dave Chappelle & A Hernia For Loss Of 'Two And A Half Men' Job

6/20/2012 8:51am EDT
Charlie Sheen
What really caused Charlie Sheen to lose his job on "Two and a Half Men?" The actor blames comedian Dave Chappelle for a stomach hernia that eventually led to his 2011 meltdown.

Last year Sheen feuded with sitcom bosses and CBS executives after he was hospitalized following an all-night party. After a very public war of words, the actor was released from his contract.

Now Sheen has revealed the hospital visit that kickstarted the public meltdown had nothing to do with partying too hard, but was due to a hernia injury he suffered while watching a hilarious sketch featuring Chapelle.

He te...

Fans Want Billy Crystal Or The Muppets To Host The Oscars

11/10/2011 10:02am EST
The Muppet Movie
Billy Crystal has emerged as the clear favorite to replace Eddie Murphy as Oscars host in a new online poll. asked film fans to vote for the star they'd like to see on the Academy Awards stage in February as soon as the news about Murphy quitting the show hit the headlines on Wednesday morning.

Website editor Harry Medved tells WENN, "We put the poll up at 12 noon and we had over a thousand people voting in less than three hours."

Crystal is the early favorite in the ongoing poll with 16 percent of the vote, while The Muppets are ranking second with 14 percent and Tom Hanks ...

Dave Chappelle Apologizes For 'Bad Attitude' At Stand-Up Show

7/25/2011 7:50am EDT
Dave Chappelle
Comedian Dave Chappelle has apologized for his "bad attitude" after refusing to tell jokes at a stand-up show in Florida on Friday.

The funnyman stunned fans at the Summer Groove charity event in Miami when he declined to perform after complaining about members of the audience filming him. Chappelle was seen checking his cell phone texts and sighing audibly, prompting the crowd to boo him.

However, Chappelle was in good spirits when he returned to the stage for the second night of the gala on Saturday.

He apologized for his "bad attitude" the previous evening and even poked fun at him...

Kanye West Dedicates Coachella Set To His Late Mother

4/18/2011 8:30am EDT
Kanye West
Kanye West ended this weekend's Coachella music festival on a poignant note by dedicating his headline set to his late mother.

The rapper took to the stage on Sunday night to bring the Indio, California event to a close following three days of performances from bands including Arcade Fire and The Strokes. West began the show suspended high above the crowd on a futuristic crane, performing his first track, Power, as he was carried to the main stage, where he was greeted by 30 ballet dancers.

He went on to thrill spectators with hits including Gold Digger, Stronger and Love Lockdown, whil...

Hopes For 2010

1/5/2010 12:00pm EST
Hopes for 2010
It's a new year, and it's time to dump the Top Ten lists and look forward to the things we hope to see in the near future. What do we want to see more of? What do we want to see end? Who do we want to see naked? The questions are endless, so here goes:

I hope Megan Fox reconsiders her "no nudity on camera" stance. Halle Berry showed frontal in Swordfish, then did an explicit sex scene in Monster's Ball, and then she got an Oscar. Just saying.

I hope Lost doesn't fall into its disturbingly common habit of making absolutely no sense for episodes at a time. I also hope the finale is rev...

Nickelodeon Names Nick Cannon 'Chairman Of TeenNick'

9/25/2009 6:00pm EDT
Nickelodeon Nick Cannon Chairman Of TeenNick
Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, announced today that multi-talented, actor/comedian/artist/producer Nick Cannon, former Nickelodeon and MTV Networks star, returns to the Nickelodeon family as Chairman and development consultant for TeenNick, it was announced today by Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon /MTVN Kids and Family Group.

The network's groundbreaking two-year deal with Cannon, which begins immediately, positions him in front of the camera and behind the desk as Chairman of The N as it transforms into TeenNick. On Monday, Sept. 28, The N will rebrand ...

Celebrity Birthdays, August 24

8/24/2009 3:00am EDT
Rupert Grint
Happy Birthday to:

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" actor Rupert Grint (1988)

"One Tree Hill" actor Chad Michael Murray (1981)

Comedian Dave Chappelle (1973)

Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser (1968)

Actress Marlee Matlin (1965)

"Anchorman" star David Koechner (1962)

Talk show host Craig Kilborn (1962)

Baseball's 'Iron Man' Cal Ripken Jr. (1960)

"Police Academy" actor Steve Guttenberg (1958)

French composer Jean-Michel Jarre (1948)

Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi (1944)

Quicksilver Messenger Service bassist John Cipollina (1943; d. 1989)

Guitarist ...

Celebrity Birthdays, August 24

8/24/2008 3:00am EDT
Chad Michael Murray
Happy Birthday to "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" actor Rupert Grint (1988), "One Tree Hill" actor Chad Michael Murray (1981), comedian Dave Chappelle (1973), Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser (1968), actress Marlee Matlin (1965), "Anchorman" actor David Koechner (1962), talk show host Craig Kilborn (1962), baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. (1960), "Police Academy" actor Steve Guttenberg (1958), French composer Jean-Michel Jarre (1948), WWE owner Vince McMahon (1945), Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi (1944), Quicksilver Messenger Service bassist John Cipollina (1943; d. 1989), guitarist Maso...

'The Best of Crank Yankers: Uncensored' Hits Stores Dec. 4

11/17/2007 8:30am EST
Crank Yankers
The laughter. The tears. The vomit. Now over 50 of your favorite calls from Comedy Central's "Crank Yankers" are available in this glorious DVD collection.

Look back on all your favorite moments, from Hadassah's obnoxiously uncomfortable questions about poop to Spoonie Luv's liberal use of the word "badonkadonk," to the time Special Ed yelled "I got mail!" 48 different times in one call (we counted).

"The Best of Crank Yankers: Uncensored" DVD is one disc featuring over 50 of the top most outrageous calls from comedians such as Jack Black, Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook, Denis Leary,...

Celebrity Birthdays, August 24

8/24/2007 3:00am EDT
Rupert Grint
Happy Birthday to "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" actor Rupert Grint (1988), "One Tree Hill" actor Chad Michael Murray (1981), comedian Dave Chappelle (1973), Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser (1968), actress Marlee Matlin (1965), "Anchorman" actor David Koechner (1962), talk show host Craig Kilborn (1962), baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. (1960), "Police Academy" actor Steve Guttenberg (1958), French composer Jean-Michel Jarre (1948), WWE owner Vince McMahon (1945), Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi (1944), Quicksilver Messenger Service bassist John Cipollina (1943; d. 1989), guitarist Maso...

'The Best of Chappelle's Show Uncensored' DVD Hits Stores on Tuesday, June 5

5/28/2007 8:15am EDT
It was the water cooler show that had everyone talking and now, for the first time ever, the 25 most memorable moments from "Chappelle's Show" will be available on DVD. Released via Comedy Central Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment, "The Best of Chappelle's Show Uncensored" DVD arrives in stores nationwide on Tuesday, June 5.

"The Best of Chappelle's Show Uncensored" DVD is a one-disc gem featuring celebrated sketches such as "A Night with Wayne Brady," "Racial

Draft," "Making the Band 2," "The Mad Real World," "Samuel Jackson Beer," "Keeping It Real" and the unforge...

'RENO 911' & 'Chappelle's Show' To Be Syndicated

1/4/2007 1:32pm EST
MGM, New Line Television and Comedy Central announced today that two of the cable network's most popular shows, RENO 911! and Chappelle's Show, will be the first programs to be syndicated by MGM under the new strategic relationship with New Line.

"RENO 911!" is a half-hour comedy about cops patrolling Reno, Nevada. The series, now in its fourth season, is a hilarious take on the traditional cop drama with soap opera-like twists and turns.

The Emmy nominated "Chappelle's Show" takes comedian Dave Chappelle's own personal joke book and brings it to life, with episodes consisting o...

Katt Williams Releases "The Pimp Chronicles, Pt. 1" DVD

11/8/2006 11:54am EST
Katt Williams
Known just as much for his permed hair as he is for his animated performances and quick wit, comedian Katt Williams has been making his mark in Hollywood for over 10 years. Beginning his career at an age when most teenagers are seeking their drivers license, the young comic quickly discovered that he had a gift for making people laugh. Inspired by the likes of great humorists such as Richard Pryor, Don Knotts, Eddie Murphy, Bill Cosby, George Carlin, Thomas Marshall, Jeff Foxworthy, Whoopi Goldberg and Dave Chappelle, whom he calls the Malcolm X of comedy, Katt Williams entertaining standup...

Celebrity Birthdays, August 24

8/24/2006 3:00am EDT
Dave Chappelle
Happy Birthday to "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" actor Rupert Grint (1988), "One Tree Hill" actor Chad Michael Murray (1981), comedian Dave Chappelle (1973), Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser (1968), actress Marlee Matlin (1965), "Anchorman" actor David Koechner (1962), talk show host Craig Kilborn (1962), baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. (1960), "Police Academy" actor Steve Guttenberg (1958), French composer Jean-Michel Jarre (1948), WWE owner Vince McMahon (1945), Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi (1944), Quicksilver Messenger Service bassist John Cipollina (1943; d. 1989), guitarist Maso...

They Might Be Giants New DVD and Tour

4/26/2006 10:00pm EDT
They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants can write a song about anything -- just dare them! The new "Venue Songs" DVD started out as a way to pass the time on a tour bus. Instead of playing more cards or watching another Dave Chappelle rerun, They Might Be Giants challenged themselves to write an original song for every rock club they would be performing in: write it on the bus, rehearse it at sound check, and debut the song to the audience that night. As the tour rolled on, the effort seemed more than a little misguided--possibly disastrous--but happily the experiment paid off. The songs were consistently int...

'Project Runway,' Other Bravo Programs To Be Available on iTunes

2/23/2006 11:41am EST
Project Runway
Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 28, viewers will be able to download the entire current season-to-date episodes of Project Runway on iTunes. In addition, Inside the Actors Studio featuring this season's interview coups with Dave Chappelle and Angelina Jolie will also be available.

"iTunes gives our passionate 'Project Runway' viewers the first chance to watch premiere episodes on their iPod," said Lauren Zalaznick, President, Bravo. "Marrying the coolest technology to a really cool show lets our loyal viewers watch the best and buzziest Bravo shows in a completely new way."

They Said It: Quotes From Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Simpson & More

2/14/2006 10:18am EST
Penelope Cruz & Matthew McConaughey
"It can be a tough day, man. We've all been there... It's loaded, man. Expectations are high." Romantic Matthew McConaughey warns men to bring their best efforts to St. Valentine's Day.

"I'm dating all my girlfriends. Who needs boys! Maybe one day, but I'm not ready for that." Jessica Simpson plans a guy-free St Valentine's Day.

"Next year I will be the butt of all the jokes, so it's cyclical." George Clooney on having three Oscar nominations this year.

"Every black American is bi-lingual." Funnyman Dave Chappelle insists all African-Americans speak both American and "jive."...

Jay-Z & Linkin Park To Perform At Grammys

2/6/2006 2:18pm EST
Grammy winner/rapper/mogul Jay-Z will perform with Grammy-winning rockers Linkin Park — nominated for a Grammy for their groundbreaking collaboration of "Numb/Encore" from Collision Course. Newly announced presenters include Grammy nominee Alicia Keys and comedian/actor Dave Chappelle. Nominee Anoushka Shankar — up for Best Contemporary World Music Album (Rise) — will perform during the Grammy Pre-Telecast ceremony.

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'Inside The Actor's Studio' Honors Black History Month

1/27/2006 11:35am EST
Dave Chappelle
This February, Bravo salutes the careers of African American performers on "Inside the Actors Studio" in recognition of Black History Month. Dave Chappelle will join host James Lipton in his first taped interview since his departure from Chappelle's Show and the public eye, and interviews featuring Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence and Queen Latifah will continue throughout the month of February.

In "Inside the Actor's Studio," Lipton interviews various actors, directors and writers. The audience consists of students and famous alumni of the Actors Studio's master of ...

BET Salutes Richard Pryor

12/19/2005 12:02pm EST
Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor's ground-breaking, irreverent style of comedy created hysterical laughter laced with race, sex, drugs, adult language and controversy. Before his death last week at age 65, Pryor inspired multiple generations of comedians who have pushed the envelope of their art form in his image. BET will honor the memory of Pryor in a celebrity-filled BET News special "Richard Pryor: The Funniest Man Dead or Alive." Premiering Monday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT, BET News personality Jacque Reid hosts this poignant salute to the talented comedian and actor.

In a BET News exclusive, ...

Third Season of Chappelle Show Will be Shown at Last Laugh '05

12/5/2005 1:51pm EST
Dave Chappelle
At long last viewers will have a chance to see for themselves exactly what Dave Chappelle was working on just before his departure from production of the third season of the critically-acclaimed and Emmy-nominated hit series, "Chappelle's Show." Comedy Central will premiere the unaired third season episodes during 2Q 2006.

In advance of the 2006 premiere, Comedy Central will offer a sneak peek into the mind of the master by airing never-before-seen footage from third season sketches during the broadcast of "Comedy Central's Last Laugh '05" which premieres Sunday, December 11 at 9:00 p....