Dave Chappelle's revealing GQ interview: 16 things we learned
Dave Chappelle gave "his first in-depth interview in nearly a decade" to GQ this month, and in it he addresses his abrupt "Chappelle's Show" departure, TV binge-watching habits, impressive selfie collection and whatever the hell is going on with D'Angelo's answering machine, among other topics. Check out our full roundup below.
1. Despite all but turning his back on show business for almost ten years, he still clearly enjoys entertaining people.
In addition to playing ten sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall over the summer, GQ interviewer Mark Anthony Green notes that the comedian is driven to put on a show even outside a performance context: "He's also toting around a small, very loud portable speaker that is connected to his phone. And once in a while he'll just press play for a few seconds. The sudden blaring of A Tribe Called Quest makes the guests at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons—who are very Beverly Hills Four Seasons-y—instantly turn their heads to find Dave Chappelle's famous shit-eating grin."
2. D'Angelo's answering machine message is pretty much what you'd expect it to be.
"I haven't talked to him personally in a while, but the last time I called him, he had a long outgoing message on his machine. It was like a Malcolm X speech. And the last part was so intense. He was like, 'The price of freedom is death!' Beeeep! I didn't even leave that dude a message. I just hung up the phone. Like, just listening to D'Angelo's answering machine puts you on the no-fly list, it's so militant."
3. He wants to guest star on as many T.V. shows as possible.
"For one year, I want to do this thing where I guest-star on as many television shows as I possibly can. I love television. ...I'd be a zombie in 'The Walking Dead.' A corpse on 'CSI.' I'd be the first black guy to fuck Olivia Pope on 'Scandal'...."
4. He binge-watched "Breaking Bad" just like the rest of us.
"I started being the new television viewer, where I come in late to a series and just binge-watch it online. And I love it, because sometimes the anticipation, waiting from week to week, is too much. I binge-watched the first two seasons of 'The Walking Dead' that way. I probably didn't get into 'Breaking Bad' until, like, the third season. I watched 'The Wire' retroactively, too."
5. He's pretty sure he bought weed from professed former marijuana-peddler Idris Elba at some point.
"Oh, okay. So he used to work at [New York comedy club] Carolines. During that era of my life, there's a high possibility that I bought reefer from Idris."
6. His mom is a major Busta Rhymes fan.
"Busta Rhymes was onstage [at one of my Radio City shows]. He was like, 'You know, I've wanted to play here my whole life. I've never heard my music with an orchestra before.' My mother started crying. I got offstage, she goes, 'I really like that Busta Rhymes.' You know, she's 76. It was just funny to hear her say that."
7. He has an impressive selfie collection.
I have a pretty dope selfie gallery. ...Kanye, Kim, Jay and Beyoncé. Jessica Alba. There's a great picture from Radio City of me, Chris Rock, and Aziz. Selfies are my shit. I love taking selfies.... Rob Ford."
8. Yes, that Rob Ford.
"Seriously, you can Google it. I was in Toronto for a few shows, and they told me I couldn't smoke onstage. And I was like, 'Well, can't you just waive the rule tonight?' And they're like, 'It's a citywide ordinance.' So I got up the next morning and went to the mayor's office. This is before all that shit about him came out.
"I was like, 'Is the mayor in? Could you tell him Dave Chappelle is here to see him?' He was in a meeting. I said, 'I'll wait for a few minutes.' ...He walked in and was like, 'What can I do for you?' And I told him, 'These ordinances exist in the United States, but they're often waived in contexts of performance, because it's an integral part of what I do.' He replied, 'That's it?' 'That's it,' I said. Then he told me, 'I'm sorry, I can't help you. The laws of Toronto are the same for everybody. We appreciate you coming, we're glad you're here, but we can't change the law because it disagrees with you.' He really gave me this whole speech."