By Maurice Bobb
The ever-elusive Dave Chappelle has been making the rounds at New York area comedy clubs during the past week and recently, while performing a 45-minute set at the Comedy Cellar, he was joined by another comic legend, Chris Rock.
For nearly an hour, the comedic icons riffed back and forth about the Oscars, Seth MacFarlane, Prince, Jay-Z and President Barack Obama via The Comic’s Comic. They even joked about the “Pootie Tang” actor passing on a chance to open for Jay when he did his historic performance at the Barclays.
“I had no material!” Rock proclaimed as his reason for passing on opening for the sold-out concert series. “Neither do I!” Chappelle added.
On the surface, comedy and hip-hop seem like strange bedfellows, but Russell Simmons knew otherwise. That’s why Def Comedy Jam was such a juggernaut in its heyday and why, after Chappelle’s work with rappers like Common, Lil Jon and Mos Def (Yasiin Bey) on his innovative and culture-shaping show, “Chappelle’s Show,” and Rock’s work on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’s “Blame Game,” a pair of “hip-hop comics” were privy to Jay-Z’s cell phone number to be able to text him at 1:30 a.m. while onstage.
Rock and Chappelle sent Hov a message asking if the God MC would like to get some spaghetti, but after the “Ni—as in Paris” MC didn’t respond, the pair phoned rocker Lenny Kravitz and talk-show veteran Arsenio Hall and left hilarious voicemails.
“This could be the show,” Chappelle said, suggesting the two hit the road with their zany, impromptu collaborative routine. “Fireside chats with Chris Rock.”
“I’m in,” Rock replied.
The fans lucky enough to witness the landmark performance, and anyone that likes to laugh, must be hoping the comedy giants can work out the proposed comedy tour because if it comes to fruition, it could eclipse the epic “Kings of Comedy” tour and reach stadium status. Now that would be a feat that would put the duo on par with Rock’s famous outro line from his collabo with ‘Ye. Yeezy taught him well. Yeezy taught them both well.