Dave Chappelle Looks Back On His Decision To Return To Stand Up Comedy


Dave Chappelle is reflecting on his return to stand up.


The comedian and actor joined in on the latest episode of Joe Rogan’s podcast for a candid conversation about “Chappelle’s Show”, which recently returned to Netflix.


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Rogan asked the 47-year-old star to talk about what he did during the years after “Chappelle’s Show” stopped airing in 2006 and his return to stand up in 2013.


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“I learned a lot,” he said. “It was a humble existence. I had had young children and I was raising my kids. I was living a suburban life. And then every once in a while, I’d get this feeling like, I’m the funniest guy. I gotta get out there. And I would, like, fly to Denver and do a week in Denver or something. … I would perform like I was desperate for it.”


When Chappelle turned 40, he decided “I’m gonna have fun.”


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He also explained how the deaths of DMX and Black Rob have motivated him. 


“It’s not a midlife crisis,” he continued. “It’s the opposite of that. It’s like, look, I know I don’t get to stay here forever. My time is limited and precious and I don’t take any of these things for granted. I don’t take this money for granted, this platform. And I’m not talking about the fame platform. I’m talking about comedy, this genre. This genre has been so good for me.”