Watching the first 5 minutes of this – specifically the segment during which he’s in conversation with Oprah Winfrey, after he returned from his, shall we say, self-imposed “African exile,” as she questions his disappearance, walking away from a $50 million contract, I found myself frustrated with Oprah’s line of questioning, especially when she refers to him as crazy, and out of his mind, which was rather reductive, dismissive and unnecessary. You can sense Dave’s bewilderment, as he tries to explain exactly just that to her, but seemingly can’t quite find the words, if only out of respect for her, and maybe being caught off guard with that line and tone of inquiry.
Maybe perfectly-timed with his ongoing Radio City Music Hall event, which runs through the 26th of this month, a 2-hour-long found footage documentary on Dave Chappelle has surfaced, made by Neal Brennan, close friend of Dave’s, as well as the co-creator and co-writer of “Chappelle’s Show.”
It’s a solid amalgamation of interviews and clips that traces the duo’s (Chappelle’s and Brennan’s) journey pre-“Chapelle’s Show,” while the show was on the air, and finally, how it eventually all came to an end.
Apparently, the documentary was released online a year ago, according to our friends at Vulture, was pulled, and, a year later, has been released again – like I said, probably in light of the fact that Chappelle is currently mounting a comeback or sorts, as it would appear.
This is the first time I’ve seen it, so I assume that will be the case for many of you as well.
Watch the 2-hour piece below: