Comedy Moment: When Dave Chappelle Explained To Maya Angelou Why He Left Chappelle Show

May 28, 2014
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As news spreads on the passing of writer and poet Maya Angelou, we take time to highlight a moment in comedy which involved herself & Dave Chappelle. In 2006 the two traded stories on The Sundance Channel’s ‘Iconoclast’ in which Chappelle discussed his writing style and shared why he left his popular show on Comedy Central.

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  • M@!

    One of the most beautiful conversations i’ve ever heard.

    • Regis Bethencourt

      Mannnnn, I was just saying that. I feel a certain way after seeing this…. It was just beautiful.

      • Cam TexasBoy Perry

        this whole thing is just so awesome and I don’t even know why I am just now seeing this.

  • Ducyclegyrl

    All I can say is amazing!

  • Lou Anthony Courts

    Both voices resounding with truth.

  • shogun768

    werd.

  • Jeremiah Esparza

    amazing

  • Jesse Obscure

    Fucking dumb.

    • bigboi71

      yes. You are.

    • Lorenacha K’uychiy

      why even comment?

      • grgreene

        Because racism is real, that’s why. Because even here, we need to be reminded of that. As Dr.Angelou quoted Malcom X, “Not all whites are the devil” — and then there’s a coward hiding behind a mask and a pseudonym.

  • J Anthony Nino

    Thank you.
    And a thousand other things.
    But… thank you.

  • CBoogieSings

    This is an awesome conversation. So insightful. When you’re independent of the good opinion of other people you are that much more enlightened. I’m inspired.

    • Guest Attorney

      “When you’re independent of the good opinion of other people” Huh?

      • http://kilakitu.org/ Kila

        Meaning: other people’s opinions of you dont affect your opinion on yourself. You follow your goals without worrying about what others will think about them.

        • Guest Attorney

          She should have worded it better lol

          • Roxeh

            She worded it perfectly fine.

          • Guest Attorney

            Not really but whatever.

          • Grammar Police

            Considering the way in which you phrase your retort, it’s safe to say that you don’t get to judge anyone else’s grammatical abilities.

          • Guest Attorney

            Whats wrong with the way I phrased my retort? lol

          • artist_formally_known_as_cWj

            The statements of many people have been ruined by compartmentalization.

            Don’t consider a sentence, consider the entire arc of the point, and you will likely get it.

            Some things are of a certain legitimate depth, that it requires you to figure it out in order to understand – it can’t be told to you, it must be understood in you, That understanding is not necessarily immediate. It may take a significant part of one’s life before the requisite experience and perspective is available.

            At this point, she was around 80, so I’m venturing a guess that she had made the point before and did so as it occurred Mr. Chapelle needed to hear it.

            I personally take a similar point of view from the opposite perspective (“who am I to put my opinion of you on; it’s MY opinion”),

          • Guest Attorney

            I wasnt talking of Maya Angelou’s comment I was referring to the lady who commented above. In anyway, I think it’s a case where she used a phrase that I was simply unfamiliar with and have never heard before.

          • Guest Attorney

            Yes she did!

          • norsequeen

            I have found that communication break downs happen from both sides. You believe if she’d worded it better, you’d have understood her intention better; but what about this?…Perhaps she worded it in a perfect way in her mind. Because written words can get confused in translation, it’s always better to speak in person so that you can say, “I didn’t understand what you meant there.” But life ain’t perfect & she had no idea that you’d misunderstand what was perfectly clear to her. I have Asperger’s, which means that lots of things I say don’t process in other’s brains the way they process in mine. I understood what she was trying to say & Kila’s explanation made it more clear. So when there’s a communication break down, whose fault is it really? Anybody’s?? Or nobody’s?? Keep an open mind & keep trying to communicate with others & I believe you’ll understand & be happier.

          • wording

            I mean, she really was unclear. I have to agree with Guest Attorney.

          • Jen L

            “Be independent of the good opinion of other people” is a quote by Abraham Maslow. So, she actually didn’t word anything poorly.

          • Guest Attorney

            No problem. I hadnt heard the phrase before.

          • FauxRealFaux

            Ms. Maya worded it poetically and beautifully.

          • Guest Attorney

            You are late in the conversation lol This is like a game of telephone. My comment was in response to another female on THIS thread. NOT Maya Angelou lol

          • norsequeen

            LOL thanks for replying to me, because I got to read the other comments which showed how far afield the conversation got. Humans!!! Such odd creatures. :D

          • Guest Attorney

            You are welcome. People somehow thought I was dissing the late great Maya Angelou lol

          • Danielle Langton Ellingston

            I guess lawyers don’t do poetry :)

          • Guest Attorney

            What are you talking about?

    • Guest Attorney

      My mistake. I hadnt heard that phrasing before.

  • EJ99

    What a schmuck he is. It’s all about DAVE. No appreciation for the superwoman he’s sitting next to.

    • Dana

      Did she ask him why he left the show and he’s answering her? Then that’s exactly what he should have been doing. If I were a famous poet and author and was interviewing someone and they started fawning all over me I would freak out. That’s not “appreciation,” it’s nuts.

      • Duss

        She is not only a famous poet. She is a figurehead in the “black community” and when you grow up with a black mother from such understandings (such as myself and especially) you would be in awe of all sorts. It was the equivalent of sitting with Dr. King or Malcolm X outside of an entertainment aspect. Alice Walker is one of the last to have the same effect. You can’t simply capture or fathom the magnitude or importance of this meeting. She called him her grandson. That alone is far more deep than any genre of music, movie, or any form of art. It is a part of “black consciousness”, and I apologize it can’t be translated and that’s what you witnesses. Not just two “famous” people.

        • Duss

          *(especially he)

        • Duss

          *(especially he)

        • IMAROSE

          But she herself says the problem is we put these iconclast on too high of a pedestal thus making what they do seem impossible instead of realizing that they were regular people who were in a moment and prepared and able to handle those moments. TI am not trying to bring their accomplishments down because there is really no reason for anyone to take anything negative out of the conversation. Sometimes the proper response is just appreciation without a need to build up or break down. Just appreciate the moment because it’s awesome and it will never happen again.

        • Lorenacha K’uychiy

          oh settle down. she was making a valid point. good god…im sure they both would giggle at your description.

    • Listener

      You obviously don’t follow along very well.

      Watch the video again, and use your listening ears, not your judgmental ones.

    • Cee Bee

      oh give me a break. even if you paid no attention to his words, you can see his respect/reverence/appreciation for her in his eyes and body language. his interaction with her is quite honest.

    • Lorenacha K’uychiy

      this is only one part of the talk. in this part she questions him.

    • OrthoStice

      What a schmuck he is. It’s all about EJ99. He has no appreciation for the wisdom he is hearing.

    • OrthoStice

      What a schmuck he is. It’s all about EJ99. He has no appreciation for the wisdom he is hearing.

    • Houston A. Yarbrough III

      Dave didn’t cut the footage. Editors put what they want in, keep what they want out. This piece seemed to be more about Dave.

      Think a little before you speak.

  • Michelle Sarabia

    This is PROFOUND.

  • nerdix

    Those of you criticizing him. This is only a part of a much larger interview. Watch it all. It is a wonderful sharing between the two. He does show respect and awe for Dr. Maya. She asked him about his life and he did the same with her.

    • Lorenacha K’uychiy

      yes…this is the part where she interviews him

  • Guest Attorney

    Great discussion! Will have to catch the rest.

  • Tom-AZ

    WOW

  • csch231

    admire both of them!

  • csch231

    admire both of them!

  • tedtrent

    awesome.

  • Mags

    All I can say is WOW… I that discussion was amazing, candid, insightful and deep. I never knew why he left it all behind, but it makes sense. No matter what type of art you create, you must stay true to yourself!

  • howie86

    Excellent.

  • John Mooter

    Amazing.

  • Meelah

    Her comments on the difference between bitter and angry were so deep but simple to take in.

    • Mia Mama

      Absolutely!

  • OrthoStice

    Patton Oswalt tells a frighetning story about playing a casino in Washington in which the entire audience yells his career at him for a half hour/ He never tells a joke and people are ecstatic.

  • Jayne Martin

    Wow, that was golden!

  • Jayne Martin

    Wow, that was golden!

  • Dwayne Gresham

    “Not all whites are the devil” How about; Most whites aren’t the devil.

    • grgreene

      But what about Dwayne Gresham specifically? And excuse you for NOT living in Dixie, but if you notice that the American states with the blackest populations are the ones (except for Maryland) where Barack Obama did THE WORST, YOU WILL see that IN THOSE states, MOST white people STILL vote to keep black people inferior.
      So, I repeat, forget “all” — what about Dwayne Gresham, specifically??

      • Robert

        grgreene you need to relax. Racism is strong in this one….

    • Doug

      How about these words are coming from a black women who married white men?

      • norsequeen

        The words were quotes from Malcolm X, not Dr. Angelou’s words at all.

    • tipla

      She was speaking of Malcolm X’s point of view at the time, which given what he was going through was big leap for him to say this.

    • Guest Attorney

      How about we dont know most whites so we can’t speak on what most whites are or arent.

  • averygreenleaf

    great conversation. Maya shines, as always, with dignity and wisdom.

  • grgreene

    This is one of the best things I’ve ever seen on this channel.

  • samuelstorns

    Corporate America fucks with human beings like their products and investments…

    Believe that, (especially all you jerk off middle managers, you are getting screwed over like the rest of us).

  • Josh

    Very enlightening conversation between two very amazing people.

  • Sylvias Baby

    I was captivated by her reaction when he asked if she knew Malcolm X (5:13). Her expression suggested that it broke her heart that he didn’t already know of her connection to Malcolm. Yet at the same time, there was love and compassion in her eyes for Dave, presumably at the opportunity to teach him a little bit of her history, which, of course is all of our history. Her eyes seemed to drop in reaction to the grief that she still felt at the mere mention of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King

    • Mia Mama

      I caught that too.

  • Kevin Nelson

    Wisdom, dignity and beauty

  • sam tole

    The deepness…it’s too much! If there’s a longer version of this, I so need to see it. That last part about anger and bitterness…damn

  • Yoleine Tamari

    “Bigger than Life, and yet Humble like a Dove” I’ll be missing you for ever Ms Angelou.

  • Yoleine Tamari

    “WHat most People do best these days… Always Freaking Missing The Real Point”!!

  • Supa Mo

    This was amazing. I have a friend who is always talking about Malcolm X but always says he hates white people. I’m def gonna share with him.

  • truffle19

    That was dripping with wisdom from both sides. Amazing.

  • Funkmaster5000

    I liked him better when he was funny.

  • http://www.chilesadvertising.com Lawton Chiles

    Just incredible. A must watch. Find all 4 parts.

  • CR8VTOM

    I feel like I’ve been given new air, new vision…what an excellent conversation. Maya’s a Saint. Oh how we need more people like her in our world. And Dave Chappelle speaks the absolute truth about fame and the corporate machine. Being real is the answer. Being real will take you from where you are now to the grave. Money’s just a treat along the way to living a real life. Beautiful people! Thanks for sharing!

  • m

    her mastery of language makes me feel small. made note of this, Courage is the most important virtue; without courage you cannot consistently practice the other
    virtues.

  • Sun

    This is an amazing video! RIP Maya Angelou

  • Sun

    This is an amazing video! RIP Maya Angelou

  • Houston A. Yarbrough III

    The wisdom and truth that is shared is amazing. What also amazes me is simply “how” the conversation is had. I wish I was this good at simply talking to people… respectful, loving, without judgment, fully listening and fully engaged. If everyone communicated this way, we’d solve so many issues without anger and hate.

  • Evan

    This is the best convo ever!

  • ♪Ms_Izzy♪

    I’m so glad I took the time to listen to this….very deep inspiring.

  • Bobby Griffin

    Simply profounding