Picks and Pans Review: Chappelle's Show
In last month's debut of this sketch-comedy series, Dave Chappelle introduced a satire of white supremacists by calling it "probably the wildest thing I've ever done in my career." On the third show he set up a vulgar bit by saying it "made me actually want to spit up." We get it, Dave: This is edgy stuff.
Chappelle's humor ranges from scathing (a fictional reality show called Zapped that takes irresponsibility to new heights) to sub-sophomoric (a parody of It's a Wonderful Life in which a woman sees how the world would be different if she didn't have big breasts). At its best, the show is outrageous and hilarious at once, as in the profile of a blind bigot who doesn't realize he's black. We're willing to tolerate some inconsistency if Chappelle can resist the temptation to congratulate himself on his controversial material.
BOTTOM LINE: Provocative but uneven