Dave Chappelle is an icon in comedy. Not just because of how funny he is, but because of how much he’s managed to accomplish. Particularly in the second phase of his career, where he’s managed to add massive Netflix deals, introduce his ground breaking Comedy Central show to a new audience and break viewing records on Saturday Night Live. According to fellow comedian Faison Love, Chappelle’s signature style and approach is not unique to him. He recently sat down with Vlad TV to talk about his top comedians and why he feels like Chappelle is not one of the best because of who he pulled his influence from.
Chappelle was recently in the news after it was revealed that his series Chappelle Show had gone to streaming platforms without his consent. More puzzling was the fact that Netflix was streaming it. Netflix and Chappelle currently have a partnership in place where they stream all his new stand-ups since his return to comedy so he was confused why they would not loop him in on the decision to stream his show. Even worst, Chappelle revealed he had not received any money from the series since it wrapped. After asking fans to boycott it, it was quickly pulled from the streaming platform only to return after business was settled with Chappelle behind the scenes.
“That’s why I like working for Netflix. I called them and I told them that this makes me feel bad. And you want to know what they did? They agreed that they would take it off their platform just so I could feel better. That’s why I f*ck with Netflix. Because they paid me my money, they do what they say they’re going to do, and they went above and beyond what you could expect from a businessman. They did something just because they thought that I might think that they were wrong. And I do — I think that if you are f*cking streaming that show you’re fencing stolen goods.”
While it seems like his legacy should be undebatable at this point, Faison was quick to point out that much of Chappelle’s style was borrowed from Chris Rock, including the format for his Comedy Central show. He pointed out that Chappelle took his comedic style from Tony Woods and Charlie Barnett before reminding Vlad that no previous comedian had a style quite like Chris Rock’s. He added that Chappelle comedy routine is very similar to Flip Wilson as well. Hear more of their conversation below.