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Q: Dave Chapelle -- A concerned fan!!! ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Dave Chapelle -- A concerned fan!!!
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Celebrities
Asked by: slimbranicus-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 06 Apr 2005 08:32 PDT
Expires: 06 May 2005 08:32 PDT
Question ID: 505756
As you may have noticed, production on Dave Chapelle's third season
has been delayed.  Is there something wrong with Mr. Chapelle?  Is he
sick, in a rehabilitation center, etc.?  I would be grateful for any
and all stories re: same.  Thanks.
Subject: Re: Dave Chapelle -- A concerned fan!!!
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 06 Apr 2005 09:40 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Slimbranicus,

According to Da TV Source Chappelle's Show Season 3 will start
Tuesday, May 31st at 10 PM EST.

The  delays are due to Chappelle being laid up with a nasty flu bug,
the lack of written material and uncertainty whether the show would
continue at all for monetary reasons.

According to a Rolling Stone Magazine article transcribed on the Okay
Player Message Board:

The delay, sources say, started not with Chappelle's case of the flue
last December, as the network claims, but earlier, over uncertainty
whether the show would continue at all.

?The problems were caused by the unexpected success of the DVD, which
brought in nearly $60 million in sales, much of it going straight to
comedy central. The network's non-advertising revenue more than
doubled in 2004. "Virtually all of is from the Chappelle dvd," says
Derek Baine, a senior analyst for media-consulting firm Kagan
research, in Monterey, California.?

?But the dvd profits that trickled down to Chappelle and his
co-creator/ writing partner Neal Brennan were leaner than crackhead
Tyrone.?they felt a little screwed out of that," says a chappelle's
show staffer, "and they weren't sure that they were going to come
back, at least to comedy central." during renewal talks last April,
Chappelle was adamant about a more equitable future split.


?Along with the money, though, came twenty new episodes to write-- and
by all accounts, the process, already hampered by a late start, has
been a tough one. Chappelle and Brennan, responsible for most of the
show's material, have reportedly become obsessed with surpassing their
previous efforts. "They put a lot of pressure on themselves to be
totally original," says the chappelle staffer. "They felt they didn't
have all the ideas they wanted... with the deal they got, they didn't
want to half-assit. but they just weren't so inspired." and so, in
late december, after a couple of episodes' worth of material had been
taped, the show closed production and didn't resume again until
mid-february. (Comedy central attributes the shutdown to Chappelle's
flu and a holiday hiatus.)?


Excerpts form E! Online:

?Work on the hugely anticipated new season of Dave Chappelle's sketch
show is behind schedule due to its 31-year-old ringleader's illness
and lack of new material from his writing staff, according to the New
York Post.

The new season was supposed to premiere Feb. 16. It will now begin
airing sometime in late April or May, per the Post.

"Dave--and his entire production crew for that matter--got a bit of a
late start on writing season three," network spokeman Tony Fox told
the newspaper.

Chappelle has reportedly been laid up with a nasty flu bug, adding to
delays brought on by the lack of written material so far for season
three. The Emmy-nominated comedy is currently on hiatus for the
holidays and will resume production in January?

E! Online,1,15564,00.html


According to the New York Post, work on the new season of "Chappelle's
Show" has been delayed until late April or May of 2005. Season 3 was
previously scheduled to premiere on February 16, 2005.

"Dave--and his entire production crew for that matter--got a bit of a
late start on writing season three," network spokeman Tony Fox told
the newspaper.

Dave Chappelle is reportedly sick with a nasty flu bug, along with a
late start by the writing team is the apparent cause of the delay.


A copy of the article from the NY Post:,GGLD:2005-07,GGLD:en&


From the Gothamist:
Chappelle?s Show to be Delayed

Search criteria:

Chappelle?s OR Chappelle Show delayed OR delay
Chappelle Show Season 3 

I hope this is helpful.

Best regards,
slimbranicus-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Bobbie:  Perfect.  Thanks much!!  Did you see my Halle inquiry?

Subject: Re: Dave Chapelle -- A concerned fan!!!
From: bobbie7-ga on 06 Apr 2005 20:12 PDT
Dear Slimbranicus,

Thank you very much for the five stars and nice tip!

I just posted the answer to your other question about Halle Berry.

Thanks again, 

Subject: Re: Dave Chapelle -- A concerned fan!!!
From: bunz196-ga on 09 May 2005 08:31 PDT
Start Of Chappelle's Third Season On Hold 

POSTED: 10:19 am EDT May 9, 2005

NEW YORK -- Newsweek is hinting the third season of Dave Chappelle's
comedy sketch show is being delayed because of a combination of too
much money, too much pressure, partying and creative differences with
network Comedy Central.

Comedy Central
Dave Chappelle 
The newsmagazine quoted friends of Chappelle as saying the huge salary
he's getting to do "Chappelle's Show" has "freaked him."

Also worrying some of his pals: His reputation for partying. 

One music-industry friend said while he wouldn't characterize
Chappelle's partying as "out-of-control" -- he was going at it hard
enough to affect his work.

Chappelle's publicist denied that his client has a drug problem.

Other sources said the delay in production is due to the pressure of
trying to live up to the expectations that come with making a $50
million salary to do the show.
Stress KOs 'Chappelle' - mag 

Comedian Dave Chappelle is worn out from pressure, partying and a
creative rift with Comedy Central, it was reported yesterday.
Production of the red-hot "Chappelle's Show" was halted indefinitely
last week - for undisclosed reasons - delaying the third season from
its scheduled May 31 premiere. Newsweek claimed the delay was caused
in part because Chappelle just wasn't ready to handle the success of
his show.

A celebrity friend told the magazine Chappelle "freaked" after
realizing he was "the man" after the show's second season caught fire.

"And then came the pressure of living up to expectations for the third
season," the friend said. "He's never been there - where something's
so good and you got to come even stronger the next time. It was too

Chappelle's partying apparently didn't help, the magazine said.

"Everyone knows Dave likes to have fun," Newsweek quoted a
"music-industry pal" as saying. "I wouldn't say it's out of control
... but at some point that has to affect you if you've got a regular

Chappelle has also encountered friction with Comedy Central, Newsweek
reported. The comedian wants to top his previous material by delving
into even more controversial racial issues, and network executives are

"Dave is not compromising what he wants to do," Newsweek quoted a
source close to Chappelle as saying. "He's waited a long time for this
chance, and he's not trying to do anything that isn't 100% his

Comedy Central denied any conflict with Chappelle, as did an employee
in Chappelle's camp, the magazine said.

Originally published on May 9, 2005

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