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Dave Chappelle’s 10 Best Movie Roles

Catch Dave Chappelle in The Nutty Professor this month on IFC.

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As he proved with his stand-up and the brilliant sketch series Chappelle’s Show, Dave Chappelle is one of the funniest people on the planet. But he’s also popped up in a few movies, energizing the smallest cameo or carrying a whole comedy. With The Nutty Professor airing this month on IFC, we’re paying tribute to Dave Chappelle’s best big screen roles.

10. Rusty P. Hayes, Screwed

Screwed
Universal

In this dark Norm MacDonald comedy, Dave’s Rusty P. Hayes helps a bedraggled chauffeur kidnap his rich employer’s yappy dog to earn a million dollar ransom. Naturally, things go hilariously wrong. Dave is never funnier than when faced with the idiocy of others, even when he enabled them every step of the way.


9. Kevin, You’ve Got Mail

You've Got Mail
Warner Bros.

Yep, there was a time (the ’90s) when Dave Chappelle was in a Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan movie. Not the place you’d picture him, but his character Kevin Jackson is on hand to help Tom and Meg get on with their lives and realize the obvious love between them.


8. Tulley, Blue Streak

Blue Streak
Columbia Pictures

Chappelle crams comedy into Tulley, the movie’s most unfortunate character. Tulley can’t quite get away from a double-crossing criminal out for revenge, a diamond-thief-turned-fake-policeman, and quite a lot of very real policemen.


7. Disco Cabbie, 200 Cigarettes

200 Cigarettes
MTV Films

Set on New Year’s Eve of 1981 (but released in 1999), 200 Cigarettes features a “who’s who” of Clinton-era stars — everyone from Christina Ricci to Courtney Love — trying to make it in the big city. But Dave Chappelle’s Disco Cabbie isn’t struggling with anything. Disco Cabbie knows exactly who he is and where he’s going. With a character name like Disco Cabbie you don’t even need the rest of the script — just point the camera on Dave and let him go.


6. Pinball Parker, Con Air

Con Air
Touchstone Pictures

Pinball Parker proves that his powers extend to getting everyone’s attention and bringing the house down even when that house is a heavily guarded plane full of convicted felons. Dave improvised most of his lines in this Nic Cage action flick, and they’re some of the best ones in the movie.


5. Reggie Warrington, The Nutty Professor

The Nutty Professor
Universal

The first revenge taken by the jelly-Jekyll-to-high-fitness-Hyde transformation of Sherman Klump in The Nutty Professor is against Reggie Warrington, a brutal insult comic. And giving Chappelle cart blanche to be as evil as possible is comedy gold. Even his name is an insult, chosen to mock the director of an earlier movie Eddie Murphy had appeared in.


4. Ahchoo, Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Robin Hood
Brooksfilms

Chappelle’s first film appearance as Ahchoo in the Mel Brooks comedy Robin Hood: Men in Tights demonstrated his ability to steal a scene from the movie’s stars, and hinted to his future greatness to come.


3. Morris, Chi-raq

Chiraq
40 Acres and a Mule Productions

Dave’s most recent film role was in Spike Lee’s satire about gang violence in Chicago. When the women of Chicago withhold sex from men involved in gang violence, Dave’s strip club owner character is devastated by the loss.


2. Conspiracy Brother, Undercover Brother

Conspiracy Brother
Universal Pictures

Undercover Brother is an underrated spoof of blaxploitation films, and Dave’s “Conspiracy Brother” adds to the hilarity on display. People turn to him and ask “Conspiracy Brother, what do you think?,” and the result is always amazing.


1. Thurgood Jenkins/Sir Smoke-a-Lot, Half Baked

Half Baked
Universal Pictures

While Thurgood Jenkins gets plenty of good lines, it’s Dave’s rapper character Sir Smoke-a-Lot that really allows him to let his comedy freak flag fly. We suspect Sir Smoke-a-Lot and Rick James are related.

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Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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