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    Post by Ned Braden on Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:41 pm



    Learning that every time Bill Hader’s Stefon broke character in SNL was due to this guy sneaking new lines onto the teleprompter was a very holy shit moment for me.
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    Post by Duff... on Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:47 pm

    Yeah, Hader's usually pretty professional about this stuff so that made the world make sense again.
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    Post by Ned Braden on Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:52 am

    I know this will probably come as a surprise to nobody, but that new Chapelle thing is great. Would barely even call it standup comedy - at one point he’s like “this isn’t funny at all” - but powerful and important. Still mad at the dude for his anti-trans garbage, but this feels historic.
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    Post by WP64 on Sat Jun 13, 2020 2:51 pm

    Lol. I don't know about historic, but it's very good. I never ever watch cable news but during the early stages of these protests I was watching CNN because there was no other way to get live coverage of the events happening all over the country. I was watching live when Don Lemon started begging American celebrities to please take a stand and come to the aid of the young demonstrators. He started calling them out by name. He literally said, "I want to know where Tyler Perry is right now." It was the funniest and most depressing shit ever because he was simultaneously ignoring the insights being offered by one of the co-chairs of the Poor People's Campaign, who Don Lemon was supposed to be interviewing at the time. I think I might have already made a post about this in another thread.

    Anyways, I am glad that Chappelle specifically pushed back against that toxic idea. We don't need celebrities right now. I do not give a fuck what Oprah or Beyonce thinks right now. Or Jane Fonda. Or even Spike Lee. They are besides the point. The difference between Chappelle and other celebrities is that he is not enamored by the spotlight of public adulation. He has literally just walked away from all of it before, which gives him a credibility that very few other public figures in this country have. It's good to have someone in that unique position who is willing to speak truth to power, but it is even more important to have someone like him recognize their position in the backseat of the car as cheerleaders of social justice and not as the engine itself.
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    Post by zappo on Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:54 pm

    Okay, but where is Ja, though?
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    Post by WP64 on Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:02 pm

    That was maybe the only funny part of the entire set but it fucking killed.
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    Post by Ned Braden on Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:21 pm



    Theres's plenty of good stuff in this interview...  but if you scroll to the 56 minute point, I think Norm is onto something...   re. "smiling" vs "gut busting comedy," Norm gets to something very real. Bob Hope vs Carlin or Pryor or whatever...
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    Post by BGwaves on Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:03 pm

    Eric Andre >>> Dave Chappelle
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    Post by WP64 on Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:22 am

    I can't stand the Eric Andre shtick. I recently re-watched the first classic Richard Pryor special from the early 80s. The shit is untouchable. The last twenty minutes when he is talking about his struggles with addiction is remarkably touching. The fact that he was willing to make himself that vulnerable, especially as a prominent black celebrity in the United States of America literally as the country is ramping up Nancy Reagan's War on Drugs, is truly awe-inspiring to me. Obviously a very complicated person who I think also physically abused several women in his life and would probably (and perhaps justifiably) just have been tossed in the garbage bin by our current pop culture climate, but I can't help feeling that it would have been a terrible shame.
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    Post by BGwaves on Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:21 am

    What does Richard Pryor have to do with Eric Andre being better then Dave Chappelle?

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