In 2005, Dave Chappelle left show business at the height of his fame, giving up a small fortune and the hottest new television show in many years. In so doing, he transformed from being one of the greatest comics of his generation into one of the most enigmatic ever. In Searching for Dave Chappelle, Jason Zinoman, the first comedy critic in the history of The New York Times, sorts through the myriad theories and examines what happened to this singular artist. Through extensive reporting, this audiobook tells a compelling narrative that takes listeners behind the scenes of Comedy Central, the New York comedy scene and network television. This is not just a story about Dave Chappelle, but also about race, fame and the often blurry relationship between image and reality. Chappelle’s reputation has only grown over the years and he remains one of the most influential and admired comedians alive. Just as he tip-toes back into the spotlight with a high-profile national tour, this audiobook delivers the essential analysis of his life and work.
Very interesting take on Dave Chappelle. Like most people, I watched his stand up shows and was too busy laughing to realise there is a dark side to the stories he tells. For instance the sketch about the blind racist (Clayton Bigsby) is based on racial abuse his father experienced on a bus (though he was oblivious to it).
I loved The Dave Chappelle Show and was sad to see it come to and end BUT Chappelle walked away from 50 million for his principals and beliefs...Makes my respect him even more. I thought this was very insightful. Over the years we've heard so much of what happened. That, I think we'll never truly know but this book had great insight and I'm happy I listened to it.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Searching for Dave Chappelle to be better than the print version?
I am not sure, I wouldn't read the print version as I listen to audiobooks while I sew
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It's not very long, so it was easy to listen to all in one sitting.
Any additional comments?
I am a New Zealander who was living in the US around this time and I remember the news and speculation at the time, and it was really interesting to hear the background and get a better idea of what happened. I admire Dave for standing up for what he believed in, not many people would walk away from that kind of money for their principals.
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The story gives you a bit of perspective on the life and work of a comedy legend.