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The legendary comedian is smarter than his willfully ignorant gags about the LGBTQ+ community and trans people

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Contrary to his ongoing campaign against cancel culture, no one is cancelling Dave Chappelle. At this point he couldn’t be cancelled even if that were a real thing: he’s too rich, he’s built an independent production wall around himself, and he’s in complete control over the trajectory of his career…

After years of making us laugh at our pain, the most likable man in comedy focuses on the most painful thing of all: our jobs

Photo courtesy Roy Wood Jr.

Roy Wood Jr. is the kind of guy who makes everyone comfortable. He has a talent for making strangers feel as if they grew up with him on his street in Birmingham, Alabama. Even if you have dissimilar viewpoints and values, you’d still want to sit and have a beer…

The ‘Bad Trip’ duo talk chemistry, almost dying on set, and the magic of Tiffany Haddish

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“First of all, are you safe? It looks like somebody kidnapped you.”

Lil Rel Howery has just beaten me to the punch. Not to be outdone, Eric Andre quickly follows up with, “Blink twice if you’re in a hostage situation.”

We’re about 20 seconds into our conversation and we’re already…

Just Rankin’ Sh!t

Do the funky Charleston!

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5. ‘House Party: Tonight’s the Night’ (2013)

Listen, Hollywood: “Take the plot from the original but make it trash” has never worked. There’s no redeeming quality here, but at least give the producers some claps for having Kid ’n Play make a special appearance. In summary: The party’s over.

4. ‘House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute’ (2001)

The key art tells you all you need…

Just Rankin’ Sh!t

His new sitcom is fine, but ‘Saturday Night Live’ without him would be doomed. Doomed!

SNL cast member Kenan Thompson performing with the text “Just Rankin’ Shit” behind him in the background.
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5. Reese De’What

In a 2019 Washington Post profile of Thompson, SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels called the actor “a master in [the] studio,” adding that “he knows the best way to do just about everything.” Thompson’s glue-guy gifts are on full display as De’What, a terrible husband who sets up clips of…

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The LEVEL Man at 40

Daniel Baker developed his gifts. Desus Nice gave them to the world. Now it’s time to expand.

When your moniker is Desus Nice, you can’t afford to be mediocre. You’ve got to be quicker, wittier, more aware of and conversant with the surrounding world. You’ve got to be able to distill information, to disseminate your born knowledge to those not as learned or perceptive. You have to…

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Twenty-five years ago, Aaron McGruder introduced the world to the Freemans, and nothing would ever be the same

The Boondocks started out as a fallback plan.

Before creating the comic strip, Aaron McGruder was a semi-aimless University of Maryland student who didn’t expect to graduate; instead, he wanted to be a comic book artist for Marvel. After realizing that his drawing skills weren’t up to par and that…

A barrage of avoidable bad decisions has turned the comic from a legend to a laughingstock

Photo: Kevin Kwan/Netflix from the Netflix documentary ‘Don’t F**k This Up’

A few days after Kevin Hart released his latest Netflix special, Zero F**ks Given, he was back in front of the camera, this time with an Instagram video reminding the world exactly how many fucks he gave. …

In “America Taught Dave Chappelle That Millionaires Can Sharecrop Too,” Bonsu Thompson unpacks Chappelle’s most recent standup routine, in which the comic related his struggles with Comedy Central licensing Chappelle’s Show for streaming without giving him a cut of the revenue. “Whether the gap is money, notoriety, physical strength or civil rights,” Thompson writes, “in the United States especially, the lesser someone has the greater chance that they become prey.”

He convinced Netflix to pull his old sketch show from streaming by saying it made him feel bad. Funny how that works.

Dave Chappelle. Photo: NBC/Getty Images

In a vacuum, the story of Netflix pulling Chappelle’s Show from the platform at the request of its star and creator is a feel-good story. Of course it is. Dave Chappelle left Comedy Central when he felt he was creatively compromised. …

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