Chapelle's Show Season 2
Ever since the ingenious marketing decision was made by Comedy Central to release Dave Chappelle's debut season on DVD for a mere 20-odd dollars the cat has completely escaped the bag. Chappelle is a phenomenon. Here, as with Season one, he finds inspiration in the cartoonish racial stereotypes of his favourite ’70s sitcoms — Good Times, The Jeffersons, Diff’rent Strokes, The Facts of Life — and then pulls them inside out. He criticizes racism by being racist, an ironic racist, one that uses the symptom to uncover the sickness, like Banting and Best or shit. Season two is not kinder nor gentler. It remains harsh, critical, bigoted, immature and hilarious. Skits testing your continence include Eddie Murphy’s brother Charlie (his Rick James anecdote is worth the set alone), a recurring robot dancer and Chappelle’s unrelenting attack on R. Kelly’s troubles with minors and urination. And some of the most innovative hip-hop artists (Kanye West, Mos Def) fill out almost every episode with a performance. Buy a diaper, then buy the DVD.