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Inside The Actors Studio: Dave Chappelle (1994)

James Lipton , Michael Crowe  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Lipton, Michael Crowe, Bradley Cooper, Ellen Burstyn, Arthur Penn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H6SY32
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,667 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Inside The Actors Studio: Dave Chappelle" on IMDb

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  • James Lipton: Flashbacks
  • Great Moments That Didn't Make the Cut

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For more than twelve years, James Lipton has sat down with over 200 of the world's most accomplished artists for penetrating, fascinating interviews. Lipton's studious research and enlightened curiosity has inspired his guests to open up and confess their deepest thoughts about their craft since the series premiere in 1994.

Dave Chappelle appeared as a guest on Inside The Actors Studio early this year - shortly after his dramatic exit from Chappelle's Show and his pilgrimage to Africa. Upon his return to America, he chose the freedom of this show to reveal why he was able to walk away from TV riches - and what was revealed to him in Africa. The sometimes hilarious, often touching and always intriguing answers to these questions are waiting here in this Emmy®-nominated episode.

SPECIAL FEATURES: "James Lipton: Flashbacks" (new introduction with James Lipton) "Great Moments That Didn't Make The Cut" (previously unseen portions of the original Chappelle interview)

Dave Chappelle's outstanding appearance on Inside the Actor's Studio is certainly one of the high points on that long-running interview series. Not long after his surprising exit from a hugely-successful show on Comedy Central, followed by a trip to Africa that became shrouded in media speculation about the comic's sanity, Chappelle agreed to talk to host James Lipton. Appearing before one of Lipton's typically educated crowds of acting students and others in the performing arts (a flight delay forced the guest to keep them all waiting four hours), Chappelle talks about his early life as a reluctant student yet inspired and daring son of progressive academics. His discovery at age 14 of his life's mission—comedy—is actually thrilling to hear described, as are subsequent anecdotes about feeling the joy of an audience's goodwill (and surviving their collective animosity at times). Chappelle talks about his early TV work and forays into film (he says cracking up Eddie Murphy on the set of The Nutty Professor meant more to him than awards ever could). He discusses his disappointment with the feature, Half-Baked, but how his partnership with co-writer Neal Brennan on that film eventually led to monster hit Chappelle's Show. Most powerful is Chappelle's serious cultural commentary about the extraordinary career and media pressures that can make even the strongest people in showbiz do the unexpected at times—and then be dismissed as crazy. And, yes, he does go into the poignant reasons that caused him to walk away from a $50 million third season on Chappelle's Show. A very funny, smart, and satisfying session. --Tom Keogh

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave talks about everything, must see DVD November 15, 2006
Like everyone else, I was wondering about what happened to Dave when he busted to Africa, all the rumors this one that one and all the others. Well here is all the scoop, he tells it like it is, after you see this you will go ohhhhhhhhh okay!

plus lots of funny stuff, as well as serious talk, as only Dave can say it.

This show was so in demand to keep playing after it aired, and calls and emails for a DVD were so many that here he go for the first time ever, over 200 guest, a DVD is released from one guest of this show. There is another DVD "Set" with Clint Eastwood, B.S. ( Barbara Streisand, Robert Redford, and someone else, but how about that, the biggest stars of the world, and they wont even give them there own dvd release, it's all together or nothing. Dave has is OWN release, that should tell you how compelling this particular show was, and is.

The only guest of James that was tops over this, was Robin Williams, off the hook make you pee and cry show, and that was on a couple years ago, and still no DVD from that one. hope they release that.

Dave or Daves peeps, if your reading this, please re release Killin Them Softly DVD with Closed Captioned. They play this on Comedy Channel, and its closed captioned, I would like to by the dvd as well as you would be suprised how many people out there have bad hearing, not just deaf. as we have in our family. since the comedy channel already has it captioned, maybe can look into using that over to the dvd, this way not much of a new incured cost, eh?

Also, Daves show season one and two, actually say closed captioned on the box, but its not. I emailed lots of people of this site and asked them to try there dvd out to see, everyone said the dvd they have also doesnt have it. please address, again on tv its closed captioned, maybe transfer it over to the dvd's? to lesson the cost. think of all the people that will now buy these dvds now that it has it, thanks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars real July 16, 2008
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i watch this episode everytime it comes on. dave just keeps it real about everything from how you get treated by friends, family, fans and hollywood. i appreciated his realness. i didn't know it was available on dvd, looks like this is one to add to my collection.
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This is a great docu on Dave Chapelle's life and career.
Definitely pick this up. Dave talks about life in DC, teenage years, breaking into comedy and the explosive success of the Dave Chapelle show.
A very introspective look at Dave.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave at its best May 9, 2010
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The man behind Dave Chappe-pelle. I have all the "Dave Chappelle Show" DVDs and yet I think that this 1-hour interview for Actor's Studio is almost as funny and touching sometimes.

What George Carlin was to English language, Dave is to racial relations. An acute observer with a genious for humour. Better watch before he comes back to Africa, folks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! June 30, 2014
By Tyler
If you are a fan of Dave Chappelle at all then this is a must buy! Fantastic interview and knowledge into his life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Piece of Work April 9, 2014
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Enjoy this man while we still have him on this earth. Enjoyed this piece because he does give glimpses without going into too much detail about how the industry really works. Respect this man for not selling out and being another pawn/puppet...we have enough of them already. $50 million is hard to turn down. Just glad he came back from Africa safely without contracting AIDS or being "Patrice Lumumba-ed"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great November 20, 2013
Very informative and terrific insight into his whole "breakdown." His leaving The Chappelle Show is flawlessly put into perspective and the reasons could not be better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie August 19, 2013
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Great price great movie huge fan of Dave Chappelle and it was very informative. Really shed light on many different things and was of course hilarious
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great dvd
Published 1 month ago by CB
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff!
Very good introspective look into David's life, family, social and comedic career. Plus his grandmother gives awesome advice as well!
Published 15 months ago by TayG2
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I'm a big fan of Dave Chappelle show and this is a nice interview clip that really show his true self.
Published 21 months ago by TNT
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
If you can't get enough of Dave Chappelle or are just curious about what kind of person he is in conversation this is an excellent interview. Highly entertaining.
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Speachless
I have not met a single person whom didnt believe this was just an amazing "inside the actors studio", you dont have to love Dave Chappelle the Comedian/actor, but you will... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Misc. Asian #1
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't even think about NOT buying this!
If you are any degree of Dave Chappelle fan, you need this. Who else can pull off being hilarious and serious at the same time so well? Read more
Published on March 30, 2011 by C. Gill
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
If you're a Dave Chappelle fan you will like this DVD it shows some of the serious side as well as the comedian side of this actor.
Published on February 5, 2011 by E. 333
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes. Absolutely. Yes.
Wow, to speak the truth about being vulnerable while being misunderstood and having misunderstandings, Dave Chappelle brings the flipside of what we did not know. Read more
Published on December 3, 2010 by ~K.I.S.S`E.S.S~don't lie~
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