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Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Questlove + More Explain Their Night At The Comedy Cellar


(AllHipHop News) February 27th, 2013 was a regular day to the majority of America, but for a select few at New York City’s famous Comedy Cellar, it was the first night the comedic stars aligned. During a surprise stand up performance from Dave Chappelle, he was joined on stage by Kevin Hart, Questlove, Bill Bellamy, Chris Rock and Marlon Wayans to share stories and jokes. Those men recently spoke with GQ about how the one in a life time surprise event.

Every one of the men involved admitted that Dave’s appearance came at a complete surprise, but they all found a way to make it to 117 Macdougal St.  However, it was Questlove who had to use a bit of deception and possibly breaking the speed limit to make it to the event:

I lied to my date and said I’d been called into the studio. I can always blame it on D’Angelo, because he’s like the musical booty call. He’ll call and say, “Hey, what are you doing? I want to lay a track down. Come on over.” So once I call my date a car service, I get myself a cab. I tell my driver to “do 100! We’ve got fifteen minutes to get to the Comedy Cellar!” And I was not the only one pulling up to the curb and running inside like their life depended on it. The entire black comedy world was breaking their necks to get in.

During the interview Rock and Chappelle both alluded to the competitive nature of comedy, with Chappelle likening it to “being in the Karate Kid tournament every night.” Hart on the other hand revealed how even in the competitive realm of comedy, talent humbles you:

Me and Chris [Rock] were joking about how Dave was just so much better than us—the thought process behind his jokes. How he makes it look effortless. We were all doing the same thing—running material we were working on. We were pretty much all in the gym—basketball players getting our jump shots. And Dave’s way of doing it was just levels above. He’s in a different realm. He’s out of this world, man. Ridiculous.

Once on stage all of the comedians began speaking highly of the other. That previously mentioned competitive energy was not prominent, but a remark Rock remembers telling Hart clearly showed that it was far from being non-existent that night:

You’re not going to sit there and let other people be funnier than you. I mean, I like Kevin, but come on. I’m not conceding. Please. Kevin starred in Soul Plane. So, you tell him that you love him, but you got to remind him of Soul Plane.

On July 18th, Dave Chappelle begins a five-date stand-up engagement at Radio City Music Hall. To hear him tell it, the night at the Comedy Cellar was a once-in-a-lifetime experience:

I’ve known these guys for years and have always respected their talent, but on that night I got to experience it up close. That’s why it was special. But it made me laugh that Ahmir told his date he needed to go to the studio. Why didn’t he just bring her to the show?

Check out the full article here.

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  • Great to see so many black male celebs working together.

  • Gonja

    Dave Chappelle > Kings of Comedy

    • BigHomie337

      Never!! Chappelle show was funny because of skits that writers and him combined to come up with when Chapelle does stand up comedy he sucks, that’s why majority of his crowd would be white folks u too the Chappelle show started airing. His standup is still weak but ppl always look at how successful the Chappelle show was and use that as his place amongst the best. I liked the Chappelle show but his standup routines were corny and not funny. That’s why it always aired on Comedy Central.

      • Lord Saltsworth McGinty III

        WHAT!?! GTFOH. Dave Chappelle is one of the best stand ups of his generation. He is a thinking man’s comic. Dave is not for the Sucky Ducky Quack Quack crowd.

      • poview

        That’s exactly it.

      • black god

        nigga you trippin

      • Keith N.

        Dave Chapelle’s stand-ups are corny? LMAO. Look at the “baby on the corner” joke..that ALONE is smarter and funnier than most stand ups out now.

        CHILL..

      • John Q. Public

        Just saw Chappelle couple months ago. Best live standup show I ever went to… and ive seen Bill Cosby, Mike Epps, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, and DL Hughley all live

      • Rolando Mota

        what???? For What Its Worth is one of the funniest stand up shows i ever seen………and nobody mentioned Mike Epps….Inappropriate Behavior that was good too.

      • ccwaterbound32

        dude…. you know why you don’t like his stand up? because your intellegence isn’t high enough to comprehend the jokes….

      • soyhiphop

        What u smoking? U probably swear kevin harts funny..comedy central huh? Are you slow? All his specials came out on hbo lol just cause you can’t afford a better cable plan and you saw it on comedy central lol doesn’t mean that you saw a premier..do your research

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  • STFUUIgnants

    must be nice when its just brothas and no niggas there to ruin it

  • John Q. Public

    Chappelle & Rock the only 2 legends of comedy in that picture.

    Kevin Hart is funny especially his older specials but “Let Me Explain” sucked. Rock and Chappelle deliver every time. No hate to Kev but he aint legend status yet.

  • johnblacksad

    I love Chappelle of course… but Chris Rock will always be my favorite comedian ever!

    Miss Cedric too!
    (I miss Cedric The Entertainer)

  • Eli Pinilla

    Can’t hate on any of em. They done all put that work in. Marlon don’t get the love he deserves. He been around forever making hilarious movies, and horrible ones. But he’s still out there pushin. And if you want to see him in a “real” movie. Watch “Requiem for a dream” and tell me that shit ain’t serious. Bill Bellamy been doin his thing for a grip too. Not as big as any of the other ones. But he’s been in some good movies. Created a comedy show to help up and comers. Kevin hart is the comedian of the moment. And he’s been doin a bunch of movies and his tv show is funny to…Dave and Chris are legends. Ain’t nothing I can add to make them look any better than they already do…they all deserve to be standing next to each other. Just cuz you got kobe and Jordan standing there don’t mean Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing don’t deserve to be in the picture lol

  • Nehes Ba’a Rayay

    Chappelle is the ONLY Comedian in this picture I would PAY good money to see!!! and I watched ALL of these guys careers. #theblindinglightofmisinformationmustend

    • John Q. Public

      U are crazy. Chris Rock is on the Mt Rushmore of stand up comedians

      • you must not understand the significance of Mt.Rushmore. Chris Rock is significant but not a pioneer….you’ve got the Bob Hopes, milton Berle’s, Moms mabley’s, Dick Gregory, Don Rickles, Redd Foxx, Lenny Bruce, Cosby, Carlin, Pryor etc these are a few names of pioneers in the stand up game

      • John Q. Public

        I always viewed the Mt Rushmore ranking system as your personal top 4 of something from a certain category.

        So Chris Rock is on my Mt Rushmore… wit George Carlin, Chappelle, and Pryor

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