Nearly 10 years ago, Dave Chappelle had a contract offer of $50 million from Comedy Central to renew his hit show, “Chappelle Show”, but declined the money and suddenly broke away from the public eye. Chappelle has made his way around the U.S. in recent months selling out shows, and took stage in front of a sell-out Milwaukee crowd at the Pabst Theater Tuesday evening.
The 41-year-old comedian rarely makes any sort of appearance in the state of Wisconsin, but returned as he performed shows in Madison over the weekend, followed by a doing six more in three days here in Milwaukee starting Monday and ending Wednesday. When I first scrolled down my Twitter timeline at 6:00 a.m. about a month ago, I was ecstatic but yet shocked that the man behind the iconic Comedy Central hit show was finally making his way to my home turf. I wasn’t going to miss this opportunity.
Before Chappelle got his turn on stage, two other local comedians – one being from Milwaukee, while the other coming from Chicago – opened up the show. It took a bit for me to get warmed up on the Milwaukee guy, but he made progression and got better through the act. The second guy was good from start to finish, as most of his act was about the trials and tribulations he goes through as a Muslim. Together, they weren’t knock-your-socks-off funny, but they did well considering they were opening for a worldwide name such as Chappelle.
It took a whole lot of listening to old school hip-hop and fist pumping because of the night’s DJ, but Chappelle took the stage about 30-45 minutes after the 10 p.m. scheduled time (note: due to restrictions on electronic devices, I’m giving you an estimated time). The show was certainly worth the $72 and stress from websites crashing, and his set went for about an hour. He ventured off and described his weekend in Madison (he attended Saturday’s game against the Maryland Terrapins, the university located near his hometown of Washington, D.C.), his family – including his dog named Baba – and also revealed his life-long fetish, feet [expletive].
His performance didn’t feel like one to me, I got the sense that it was more of a conversation. The quality of the show itself didn’t even matter honestly. Just knowing I was in the same area as the man who made masturbating on a city bus funny, and Prince the greatest unknown basketball player of all-time was more than I could ever ask for.
- Regarding the University of Wisconsin having a badger as a mascot: “I didn't even know what a badger was until two days ago. I'd never seen these creatures. Back in Maryland, a badger is something that prosecutors do to black people."
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