It’s been more than a decade since Dave Chappelle’s “Chappelle’s Show” first aired on Comedy Central, but many still wonder why the show, which aired for two successful seasons, suddenly came to a close.
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In the following found-footage documentary “Dave Chappelle: The 50 Million Dollar Question,” created by self-proclaimed amateur Brandon Farley, we get a detailed look at Chappelle’s departure from “Chappelle’s Show,” which struck many at the time as sudden and bizarre. After all, the comedian had abruptly decided to walk away from success, influence and a deal that could have been worth 50 million dollars.
What’s so fascinating about the documentary, which was first put up and later taken down on YouTube last year, is that none of it is made with new footage: The film, which goes over two hours, was created with video from a wide range of sources, including Chappelle’s well-known Oprah interview, a 2006 “Inside the Actors Studio” talk and an episode of comedian Joe Rogan’s podcast, in which Chappelle’s directing partner Neal Brennan discusses how corporate interests at Comedy Central encouraged the end of their professional relationship.
While the documentary doesn’t exactly provide answers, it’s an interesting look at one of the 21st century’s most brilliant comedic voices, compiled in a unique way. Check it out below (warning: contains NSFW language).