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Chappelle’s Show: Season Two Uncensored


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: B+     Program: A-



When I first heard about Dave Chappelle getting his own show I was ecstatic.  I had seen his standup comedy and found it hilarious and entertaining as well as his roles in a few films like Robin Hood: Men In Tights and Half Baked.  It seemed like a perfect match for him to do some sketch comedy and standup with his own show, but after watching the first few episodes I was rather disappointed.  That disappointment however, quickly changed once I watched all the episodes when the first season was made available on DVD, finally available uncut and uncensored.  I am not exactly sure why having no bleeps would suddenly cause me to become a fan, or perhaps it was just seeing the show all together and not spread across a whole season, but I became a big fan. 


One reason that the show works great is that Chappelle understands that there are differences between races and cultures and he identifies with those and also uses comedy as the common language to break down the barriers and indifferences between black and white, rich or poor, city or country.  He never claims to have the answers either for bringing people together, but rather just uses comedy to help bridge that gap and let people laugh with him.  These are precisely the types of shows though that can turn some people off become they take them too literally, but what other solution is there really?  How else can the war that rages between races be won? 


Season two is also the point where the show really became strong.  The first season was mostly experimental and was in it’s developmental stage, but by season two the show knew its formula well and was not taking any prisoners with its comedy and overtones.  Some might even argue that there are times when the show went perhaps a bit too far, or maybe was not nearly as sensitive as it should have been for making a particular point, but who really cares?  It’s not like the show ever really claims to be politically correct or claims to be sensitive to matters; rather the show is just what it is.  Very similar to what other shows on Comedy Central act upon and that is the very freedom of expression (i.e. South Park, The Daily Show, Mad TV, etc). 


Season Two is even raunchier, funnier, and more controversial than the first season, as if that was even possible.  Probably some of the best sketches are more Rick James, Charlie Murphy (Eddie Murphy’s older brother) True Hollywood Stories, P. Diddy and the making of the band, and the Racial Draft.  The first two discs contain the episodes in their uncut form with a few episodes also containing commentary from Dave Chappelle and the series creator Neal Brennen.  Some of the best episodes happen to be the ones with commentary so check those out for sure.  The third disc contains a fair amount of extras, which include some new standup material from Dave, for those that loved his Killing Them Softly material, and a full hour of deleted material and bloopers that are downright hilarious!  The Rick James sketch also has some extra footage at the end of the show and also on disc three and there are two Charlie Murphy stories that never made it to the air, which are must-see material. 


Quality is pretty simple with the full-frame 1.33 X 1 transfer looking good and keeping to the original broadcast form.  The picture may be a tad sharper than most people are used to watching it from home, and the 2.0 Dolby Stereo is good as well, although a 5.1 mix would be nice for some of the musical sections that Dave has on, like Snoop Dogg, Wyclef Jean, John Mayer, and a few others, but that might be asking a bit too much. 


Daring comedy?  Yes.  Controversial?  Quite.  Hard to turn off?  Incredibly.  Once you get into a groove you just can’t get enough of Dave going on and on about crack dealers, the ghetto, R. Kelly, and just a slew of things to rant and rave about, even politics.  Season two is just an awesome follow-up and the show at it’s best, hopefully there will be many more years to come.



-   Nate Goss


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