Listen: Dave Chapelle, Chapelle, Bishop William De Chapelle Auditorium discussed on 830 WCCO 24 Hour News
"This is our American story. And now we return to the story of Dave Chapelle when we left off. Dave's father had died. So we decided to get his family out of LA and move to a farm in Ohio. Here's jesse. So Dave and his family, moved to yellow springs, Ohio, where his father lived buying a sixty five acre farm, the allusion of fame and fortune in Hollywood was shattered forever. If something so real in contrast to what Hollywood is very powerful. Allusion. They had to kinda just broke the spell like this. Look, I've been spent so much time doing. What about my family? What about my friends way? Whatever happened to my friend. They don't even have any friends. So. New Year's Eve nineteen ninety nine. Our move into that far. And that was it as concern was done with show business, but his career in show business was just beginning in two thousand three debuted his own weekly sketch comedy show on comedy central called Chapelle show after just two seasons was a massive success due to the show's popularity comedy. Central's new parent company, Viacom offered. Chapelle fifty million dollar contract to continue production of Chapelle show. Two more years season. Three was scheduled to begin airing on may thirty first two thousand five Chapelle stunned fans and the industry when he abruptly left during production for South Africa. Doc. Immediately following his departure tabloids quickly and repeatedly speculated that Chapelle exit was driven by drug addiction, or mental, health issue freaked out man with the fame thing it being cold crazy and drug addict Nolte's things. Scared me. Me and treated bit way. Like I'm not a person anymore. And then I got make some real choices man. Is that what I want for myself? Did I get too? Big. Because I like people like entertaining and higher by go. So reason less happy on it. You know, is going to get to the point. What I'm doing a strip tease on TRL waving a gun on the street. Sign it trying to kill me. No, I'm not gonna let it get to that point. I'm going to go to Africa. We'll find a way to I'm gonna find a way to be myself, man. I got in Africa is a small community of people that don't know anything about the work I do. And they just treat me like a regular do. So I knew that Africa had heaven plays asleep. That I wouldn't have to feel strange when they were, calm me, crackhead, and all these things and the country while fromm in Africa. No anything feed me to take me to the mall and just regular stuff. And maybe feel good reminding me that I was person, you know, it would be some time before, Dave Chapelle went back to the United States from Africa and ten years before he would return to the stage with his stand up comedy. I don't even know it was saying those things about then I called home like, oh my God. Are you? All right. Sheila. Going on. And then I got a call from a journalist have been working on a story, and it was like going on. But you want to clear things up what's going on? Okay. Smoke crack I say what he smoked Craig did you graduate from high school. I mean, it was all these crazy questions about never coming back said, this, this place is crazy. Like, I'm I'm that dude. I just thought about all the things that celebrities go through what celebrities become becoming our culture, you know, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston marriages breaking up. That's awful thing, but a seat that speculation and people got to sting a little bit. And then I realized, oh my God. I'm one of those people. That's a small club minutes. We're place the be it really. No. Going back. You can't. You can't get unfavorable. You can get infamous. So I got scared. I'm not gonna I I was scared to death. And that at and touched might be cool man. The first time I went back out and this was in Cincinnati. Not far from the farm. I say, if I gotta run I can get home faith. And clubs sold out. Real fast. I played a comedy clip. When I walked out on this stage and people were screaming. I get teary eyed just thinking about it. Because this industry can say whatever they want. But man people will hold you up. Kreil spill was so low when they was just hold me up. And I, I hadn't told jokes. But this just coming back like crowded. Can't again you're the best over. Around. August. Twenty thirteen Dave Chapelle return to full time touring. Stand up comedy as a headliner in twenty seventeen net flix released to never before seen specials which would hail directly from Chapelle, personal comedy vault. The specials were immediate success. Has Netflix announced a month later that they were the most viewed comedy specials, and Netflix history, also in twenty seventeen Dave Chapelle walked into the newly renovated Chapelle auditorium at Allen university in Columbia, South Carolina Chapelle. Stop to admire the work of Bishop William de Chapelle auditorium is named after he was a pastor businessman Elon university president and more importantly, Dave Chapelle great-grandfather after being awarded the key to the city by the mayor Dave Chapelle stopped by the auditorium to speak to an audience filled with students about the decisions. He's made in his own life and the importance staying true to yourself, all the things that have done. Most renowned for what I didn't do. I've made decisions in my career that a lot of people have called insane. Two thousand four at fifty million dollar deal on the table. And they crisis of conscience, flip the table over and walked away. What South Africa? Was I was running away from the money that is not true. In fact, I still wanted money. That."