Besides, he's busy on the big screen. Chappelle's provided comic zing in The Nutty Professor, Con Air, Woo, You've Got Mail and Half Baked (which he co-wrote). This March, he'll be in the ensemble comedy 200 Cigarettes, with a cast (Ben Affleck, Christina Ricci, Janeane Garofalo) that reads like a who's hip of young actors. And then there are the upcoming projects with Norm Macdonald and Martin Lawrence.
But it's how people react to his standup that matters most to Chappelle. "As long as they take a warm feeling with them," he says. "One of them jokes that, like, you're doing your laundry, and it crossed your mind and made you laugh."
If that black Santa Claus bit doesn't make you chuckle again, something is wrong with you.
-- Craig D. Lindsey
Dave Chappelle performs at the Laff Stop, 1952-A West Gray, Friday and Saturday, February 12 and 13, at 8 and 10:30 p.m., and Sunday, February 14, at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Info: (713)524-2333. $18.50.