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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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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

Frank and Lamar

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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