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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

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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

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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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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.