Dear Dave Chappelle,
I know you needed some time off after your whole Chappelle’s Show/Comedy Central breakdown thing a few years ago. When you suddenly abandoned your own show and dropped off the face of the earth, I was stunned and disappointed – but I understood. You’re a comedy genius. You burned your brilliant candle of comedy at both ends, and required some “me time” to regain your sanity. That’s cool.
This has got to stop.
Don’t you need the creative outlet, though? The opportunity to share all those hilarious Dave Chappelle insights on race, politics and pop culture? The chance to let your bright light of humor shine on America, for all to enjoy?
As you may know (if you have any contact with the outside world), America’s been going through some tough times lately. And while I’m sure you’re thrilled to have Barack Obama as president, he isn’t magically making everything better like we hoped. There are so many people out of work, foreclosing on their homes, living from paycheck to paycheck. America needs to laugh. And nobody makes us laugh like you do, Dave. “I’m Rick James, Bitch!” “I Know Black People! (including Part 2)” “When Keepin’ It Real Goes Wrong.” “Ask a Black Dude .” So much great material – with so much more potential.
So I’m asking you. No, I’m BEGGING you. Please turn off your video games, put down your bong, get off your ass and start making comedy again. It’s tough love time. I don’t care if it’s another TV sketch show, a movie, a web series, a live comedy tour, whatever. Just get your funny stuff out there for us all to enjoy. We need you, Dave!
Your fan for life in Cincinnati,
This was originally posted back in April on the now-defunct Ohio Moms Blog.