Dave Chappelle on Prince's Death: 'I Looked Up to Him Like Everybody Did'
Stand-up legend Dave Chappelle has returned to the comedy scene with live performances and a new deal after leaving Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central way back in 2005. On Tuesday, Netflix will release two of his specials, Deep in the Heart of Texas and The Age of Spin, from his stand-up shows in Austin and Los Angeles.
In a rare interview with The New York Times this week, Chappelle addressed a range of issues, including his reaction to Prince's untimely death.
“It’s a hard thing to talk about," Chappelle told NYT. "I looked up to him like everybody did. I didn’t know him that well, but the times that we hung out were fun and very memorable and often funny. He was very generous with his advice, and he was very generous with his access.”
In 2004, Chappelle parodied the music icon in an episode from the second season of his show. He told NYT that he remembers Prince for supporting creativity. “He let me see some of his process. He fostered a community among artists. He used to have these parties where we would go over to his house, and there would be all these musicians that I admired, and they’d just do these jam sessions in the basement. Everybody at the party was playing something,” Chappelle said. “I think when he died, there was the icon dying, but then there was this pillar in the community of people dying.”
Read the full interview here, including Chappelle’s thoughts on Bill Cosby and how Trump’s presidency has impacted comedy.