Down to Earth (2001 film)
Down to Earth is a 2001 American fantasy-comedy film directed by Chris and Paul Weitz and written by Chris Rock, Lance Crouther, Ali LeRoi and Louis C. K, it is the third film based on Harry Segall's stageplay Heaven Can Wait, preceded by Here Comes Mr. Jordan and Heaven Can Wait; the film stars Chris Rock as Lance Barton, a comedian, killed before his time on Earth is through. He is in the body of a rich middle-aged white man; the film was released on February 16, 2001, received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $71 million against its $49 million budget. Lance Barton is a struggling comedian, quite funny and confident in his personality, but is unable to bring his talent across in front of an audience. After being booed off stage one night he hears about an opportunity from his manager, Whitney Daniels, at the Apollo Theater, having a goodbye show due to its imminent closing, he is hoping to get a chance to prove himself in front of a real audience, when on his way home riding a bike Lance is distracted by Sontee Jenkins.
Not paying attention, he is hit by a semi truck and is killed. Because of this, Lance is brought up to Heaven where he meets the angels and Keyes who reveal that Lance has died before his time, can help Lance return to Earth. Lance and King start searching for a body. After sorting through many, they find Charles Wellington III, an rich businessman freshly drowned in his tub by his wife and assistant, Winston Sklar. Lance wants nothing to do with the body until he discovers that Sontee, the woman he saw when he was Lance, is protesting Charles by handcuffing herself to a coffee table in his penthouse, demanding Charles' presence. Lance sees this as a chance to get to know her. Accordingly, he makes a deal with King to loan Charles' body. Soon after, Charles returns with the witty soul of Lance Barton inside him. Only he and the angels can see him as Lance. Everybody else sees him as the middle-aged, white Charles. Unpopular in the past, the public and those closest to Charles start to notice a change in his personality.
He transforms from a snobbish billionaire into a philanthropist. Despite recent events he continues to follow his comedy dreams through Charles, contacting his old manager Whitney and convincing him that he is Lance reincarnated. Through many "humorous" moments and issues, he gets Sontee to fall in love with him. All too soon, Charles' wife and Sklar's plans to murder him succeed as he is shot and killed by a hired assassin. Fulfilling the deal Lance and King set up earlier and Keyes send Lance to return yet again to Earth as Joe Guy, a great comedian and more acceptable candidate who will die in a car accident. Joe returns from this accident unscathed, now with Lance's soul. After pulling off a successful performance at the Apollo and reconnecting with Whitney and Keyes re-emerge, they inform him that after their current conversation, he will not remember them, Charles or Sontee. As said, after the angels leave he no longer remembers his previous lives. Though he has lost his memory of Lance, he still has the characteristics of him.
As a result, he reconnects with Whitney again and proceeds in getting Sontee to fall in love with him all over again, after meeting her in the theater for the first time as Joe Guy. Chris Rock as Lance Barton Regina King as Sontee Jenkins Mark Addy as Cisco Eugene Levy as Keyes Frankie Faison as Whitney Daniels Greg Germann as Winston Sklar Jennifer Coolidge as Mrs. Wellington Chazz Palminteri as King Wanda Sykes as Wanda John Cho as Phil Quon Mario Joyner as Apollo M. C. Brian Rhodes as Charles Wellington III Saul Medina as Background Extra Down to Earth received mixed reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a score of 20% based on reviews from 96 critics, with the consensus: "A toned down Chris Rock fails to bring a limp script to life as the movie moves from one gag to the next." At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 34 based on 28 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". The film grossed $64,186,502 in the United States, plus $7,000,000 outside the US, for a combined gross of $71,186,502.
A soundtrack containing hip hop and R&B music was released on February 20, 2001 by Sony Music Entertainment. It peaked at 71 on the Billboard 64 on the Top R&B / Hip-Hop Albums. Down to Earth on IMDb
Prince Paul (producer)
Paul Edward Huston, better known by his stage name Prince Paul, is an American disc jockey, record producer and recording artist from Amityville, New York. Paul began his career as a DJ for Stetsasonic. Since he has worked on albums by Boogie Down Productions, MC Lyte, Big Daddy Kane and 3rd Bass, among others. Major recognition for Prince Paul came when he produced De La Soul's debut album 3 Feet High and Rising, in which he pioneered new approaches to hip hop production and sampling, as well as by adding comedy sketches, his first solo album, Psychoanalysis: What Is It?, came out in 1997, followed by a second album, A Prince Among Thieves, in 1999. Paul started collecting vinyl when he was five. According to his late mother, he tended to hang out with older friends; when he was in fifth grade he started DJing, using a makeshift setup of one Lafayette turntable hooked up to another turntable set and using the balance knob as a fader. In 1981, at age 14, Paul performed a DJ set at The Ace Center Amityville that helped him gain recognition.
He did a routine with Trouble Funk's "Pump Me Up" which he described as his "claim to fame." After The Ace Center performance Paul started doing parties and tapes with Biz Markie while he was in 8th grade. At the same time, Paul's middle school music teacher was Everett Collins, a drummer for The Isley Brothers. Collins introduced Paul to De La Soul member Maseo, he began performing with groups during his teenage years, first joining a group called Soul Brothers with his longtime friend Don Newkirk, who would re-join Paul as an official member of Brookzill! Paul was one of the original members of Stetsasonic, he joined the group in 1984 after impressing Daddy-O with his routine in the "Brevoit Day Celebration" DJ battle in Brooklyn. Daddy-O was struck by Paul's energy, saying that he performed his routine with Liquid Liquid's song "Cavern", "like he was mad at the turntables." Paul credits Grandmaster Flash's song "Flash To The Beat" as the reason he purchased his drum machine. Prince Paul produced "Brooklyn-Queens" on 3rd Bass' 1989 debut The Cactus Album.
The original version of "The Gas Face" was recorded on 4-track cassette tape and started out as mistake. Paul wanted to change the beat after he realized the pattern wasn't what he wanted but MC Search and Pete Nice convinced him to keep it; the song was recorded on the 4th of July. He worked on De La Soul's first three albums, 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul is Dead, Buhloone Mindstate. De La Soul is Dead received a five mic album review from The Source. According to Paul, 3 Feet High and Rising had a budget of about $20,000 dollars and took a month and a half to make. In Brian Coleman's book Check the Technique Paul reflected on his work with De La Soul by saying, "If there was a sign of the existence of God, De La Soul would be that proof to me. I’ve never had such a perfect fit in any other production situation."In 1990, Russell Simmons gave Prince Paul an imprint under his Def Jam label, however the only album, It Takes a Nation of Suckers to Let Us In by Resident Alien, was never released.
In 1992 Paul produced the songs "Drug Dealer", "Sex and Violence", "How Not To Get Jerked" for Boogie Down Productions' Sex and Violence album. Paul expressed frustration over the experience of working on that album because the group released the album before he had a chance to finalize and polish his songs. KRS-One apologized to Paul. In 1993 Paul co-produced De La Soul's Buhloone Mindstate. Successful comedian Chris Rock, who would work with Chris Rock on several of his albums, listed the album as #10 on his "Top 25 Albums" list, he credited album as helping to shape him as a comedian. Along with Frukwan of Stetsasonic, Too Poetic of Brothers Grimm, The RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Prince Paul formed the group Gravediggaz, they recorded a demo together in 1991 and released their first album Niggamortis/6 Feet Deep in 1994 on Gee Street records. Before signing a deal with Gee Street, Eazy-E wanted to release the album on Ruthless Records. Paul flew to Los Angeles to have a meeting with Eazy-E and Jerry Heller but felt the contract offered to him was one of the worst he had seen in his career and declined.
After the group signed to Gee Street, Paul estimated that it took them about six months to complete the album. In 1995, Prince Paul co-produced guitarist Vernon Reid's solo debut with Teo Macero, he produced an the Horror City album with Amityville rapper Superstar. After recording the demo, Paul unsuccessfully shopped it around to multiple labels. Paul used some of the same instrumentals on A Prince Among Thieves and had some of the same people rap on the album, but said he preferred the Horror City originals. In 2010, after holding on the demo for 15 years, Paul decided to offer it as a free download online. In 1996, he appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation CD, America is Dying Slowly, alongside Wu-Tang Clan and Fat Joe; the CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was called a masterpiece by The Source magazine. In 1996, during the early recording sessions for Stakes Is High, De La Soul and Prince Paul decided to part ways. Although Paul was not involved in the making of the album, he has praised it in several interviews, once saying, "I was going through a serious transition period in my life when that album dropped.
I was trying to figure out the next thing. There were a lot of things going on at the time and in a sense, that album pulled me through everything."After this he released two solo albums: Psych
Never Scared is a television special that premiered on HBO on April 17, 2004 starring comedian Chris Rock. It is the fourth special by Chris Rock recorded at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D. C. between March 24 and 26, 2004. In 2012, a quote from the special was sampled into the rap song "Fair Fight" performed by the group Strong Arm Steady, alongside a number of quotes from Eddie Griffin's DysFUNKtional Family comedy show; the CD version, released on February 15, 2005, includes several recorded segments including a rap song performed with Lil' Jon called "Get Lower", recurring themes of "Thug Radio" and "Tip Your Hat to Whitey". At the conclusion of the album, is a spoof movie trailer titled "Who Tha Fuck You Looking At"; the skit "The Morning After" is a parody of "Where Are My Panties" from the album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below by Outkast. "Thug Radio Intro" – 0:25 "Off the Pole" – 5:57 "Real People of Ignorance" – 1:02 "Smack Her With A Dick" – 9:25 "K-Rock" – 0:12 "Get Lower" – 2:38 "Jacksons Gone Wild" – 10:05 "Thug News" – 0:34 "Tip Your Hat to Whitey" – 1:19 "The War" – 3:01 "Black Poet" – 1:48 "Feed Other Countries" – 1:38 "Ballmart" – 0:38 "Drugs, Donuts, & Wealth" – 9:42 "Thug Radio ID" – 0:10 "Tip Your Hat to Whitey" – 1:33 "Affirmative Action" – 7:50 "Tip Your Hat to Whitey" – 1:27 "Don't Cheat" – 1:29 "The Morning After" – 0:21 "Real People of Ignorance" – 1:03 "Women Hate Women" – 2:42 "K-Rock ID #2" – 0:05 "Marriage" – 7:42 "Thug Radio Sign Off" – 2:40 Never Scared won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.
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Top Five is a 2014 American comedy film written and directed by Chris Rock. The film, which stars Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival; the movie follows New York City comedian and film star Andre Allen, who has to confront his past and comedic career while doing an interview with journalist Chelsea Brown. The film was released on December 12, 2014, by Paramount Pictures, grossing $26.1 million against a $12 million budget. New York Times reporter Chelsea Brown is spending a day interviewing comedian and recovering alcoholic Andre Allen, star of the hit film franchise Hammy The Bear, about a cop in a bear suit. Chelsea has forgotten her audio recorder, so they first go to her apartment. While there they discuss a magazine article about the Cinderella complex. Chelsea explains that Cinderella left something behind to let the prince know that she wanted to see him again. Andre is attempting a foray into serious films with Uprize, in which he portrays Haitian Revolution figure Dutty Boukman, is sensitive to criticism by Times critic James Nielson, whose previous reviews of Andre's work have been negative and insulting.
As the interview begins in his limousine, Andre recalls his lowest point, when he was in Houston in 2003 and met Jazzy Dee, who supplied him with drugs and women. When Jazzy refused to pay the women, they contended they were raped. After the limo gets hit by a cab and Chelsea wander the city. Andre stops at a jewelry store to pick up the rings for his wedding to reality-TV star Erica Long, they visit the apartment of his ex-girlfriend. Chelsea interviews each, learning that Andre wasn't funny when he started in stand-up comedy, they nominate their five favorite rappers, including a sixth in their lineups as well. Andre goes to radio shows such as Opie and Anthony to promote Uprize and attends a press conference with fellow stars including Taraji P. Henson and Gabourey Sidibe. To his chagrin, Andre is asked. At a hotel and Chelsea unexpectedly encounter her boyfriend, along with his friend Ryan, wearing Brad's shirt. Chelsea deduces Brad is cheating on her with Ryan, she and Andre, both recovering alcoholics, resist making a purchase.
Chelsea explains in graphic detail. Andre laughs, she becomes angry and insults his movie. Andre asks to borrow Chelsea's phone. While using it, he sees an email from her editor; the truth devastates Andre, who angrily tells Chelsea he felt he was never funny unless he was drunk or high, now is fearful for his career. Despondent and acting out at a supermarket, he is arrested by police. In jail, Andre calls Erica, who fumes over the arrest because of how it will look for her image, she tells Andre. Erica's manager Benny takes the phone and tells Andre to go to his bachelor party for good press and fly out for the wedding. Andre's bodyguard Silk bails out Andre, they go to a strip club for a bachelor party with a theme based on Hammy The Bear. There, Andre hangs out with Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, they give him different views on sex. Andre runs into Chelsea, who invites him to follow her. Andre and Silk go to the Comedy Cellar, where Andre gets up onstage and performs standup for the first time in years.
He turns out to still be funny, the crowd loves him. After the performance, he tells Chelsea he got inspired to return to standup after being in jail and talking to DMX, who told Andre he does not want to keep rapping and wants to sing instead, he sings "Smile", terribly. They drop Chelsea off at her place. Andre asks for her top five rappers. While driving away, Silk tells Andre. Andre goes through the gift bag from the party and finds items including a scented candle and a bottle of vodka, he pulls out a slipper, Silk smiles. After the credits begin rolling, the movie returns to the party, where Jerry Seinfeld shares his "top five" as Sugarhill Gang, Wale, Ice Cube, Sir-Mix-A-Lot. Principal photography began on June 2013, in New York City. In July 2014, the film's title was changed from Finally Famous to Top Five; the film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, 2014. On September 10, 2014, Paramount Pictures confirmed their acquisition of the film's worldwide distribution rights for $12.5 million and agreed to pay at least $20 million in promotion and marketing.
In November 2014, Paramount announced Top Five would receive a wide release on December 12, 2014. Top Five was released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 17, 2015. In an interview with Complex, Rock said he meets with producer Scott Rudin "every week now going over this next movie", that Rudin wants him "to work at a faster pace", he suggested that "a lot of the same cast" would be involved, mentioning "you might want to see see a little more of Leslie Jones or Tracy, once he gets better. I think Jerry Seinfeld showed us things we haven't seen." Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, gives the film an approval rating of 86%, based on 173 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "As smart and trenchant as writer-director-star Chris Rock's best standup work, Top Five is a career highlight for its creator—and one of t
El Oso, released in 1998, is the third and final studio album by the New York City band Soul Coughing. The disc is marked by a deep bass influence. Before starting work on the album, the band toured with Full Cycle DJs Krust and Die —and by a scattershot approach to production: Tchad Blake, Pat Dillett, British drum and bass DJ Optical. Artist Jim Woodring drew the cartoon "monkey-bear" on the disc's cover; the chorus of the song "$300" is a sample of a Chris Rock joke. Curious, Doughty recorded it into his ASR-10 sampler with the intention of reversing it and seeing what the joke was, wrote the song around what he found there; the song was used in the House episode "The Softer Side" in 2009. Without crediting it, Steinberg borrowed the bassline for the song "Maybe I'll Come Down" from the melody of the Jake Holmes song "Dazed and Confused,", covered by Led Zeppelin; the disc contained their biggest hit single, "Circles". Tchad Blake, who produced the tune, hated it, told them it would be a mistake to release it.
Cartoon Network gave it a music video in which a Flintstones cartoon was synched to the song as part of their Groovies interstitial. The music video featured Fred and other Hanna-Barbera characters walking in front of the same repeating background; the video for the song "Rolling" was produced, synced with a scene from a Betty Boop cartoon. The song was used in the 2004 remake of Walking Tall. El Oso made #1 on KTUH's charts on the week of January 25, 1999. All music by Soul Coughing. All lyrics written by Mike Doughty. "Rolling" – 3:36 "Misinformed" – 3:25 "Circles" – 3:07 "Blame" – 5:01 "St. Louise Is Listening" – 4:29 "Maybe I'll Come Down" – 4:32 "Houston" – 4:04 "$300" – 3:08 "Fully Retractable" – 3:26 "Monster Man" – 4:16 "Pensacola" – 4:16 "I Miss the Girl" – 4:03 "So Far I Have Not Found the Science" – 2:53 "The Incumbent" – 6:46 "212" "Rare Star Ball" "These are the Reasons" "Adolpha Zantziger" "16 Horses" "Freelancer" "Whole World" "Needle to the Bar" Mike Doughty – vocals, guitar Sebastian Steinberg – bass, upright bass, backing vocals Mark de Gli Antoni – keyboards, programming Yuval Gabay – drums, programming El Oso at MusicBrainz The Making of El Oso
Kenneth Brian Edmonds, known professionally as Babyface, is an American singer and record producer. He has written and produced over 26 number-one R&B hits throughout his career, has won 11 Grammy Awards, he was ranked number 20 on NME's 50 Of The Greatest Producers Ever list. Edmonds was born on April 10, 1959, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Barbara Edmonds. Barbara was a production operator at a pharmaceutical plant. Edmonds, the fifth of six brothers, attended North Central High School in Indianapolis, as a shy youth, wrote songs to express his emotions; when he was in eighth grade, Edmonds' father died of lung cancer, leaving his mother to raise her sons alone. At this stage, Edmonds became determined to have a career in music. Edmonds played with funk performer Bootsy Collins, who tagged him "Babyface" because of his youthful look, he performed in the group Manchild as a guitarist. He played keyboards in R&B group the Deele. One of his first major credits as a songwriter for outside artists came when he wrote the tune "Slow Jam" for the R&B band Midnight Star in 1983.
The tune was on Midnight Star's 1983 double-platinum No Parking on the Dance Floor album, while it never was a single, it received massive radio airplay and the song is still played on quiet storm radio stations. Babyface remained in the Deele until 1988, his album Playlist consists of two original works. It was released on September 18, 2007, it was the first album on the newly re-launched Mercury Records label. On February 4, 2014, he released a Grammy Award-winning duet album with Toni Braxton titled Love, Marriage & Divorce on Motown Records. In the late 1980s, he contributed to the creation of new jack swing and producing music for the likes of Bobby Brown, Karyn White, Paula Abdul, Michael Jackson and Sheena Easton. In 1989, Edmonds co-founded LaFace Records with Reid. Three of the label's early artists TLC, Toni Braxton were successful. TLC's second album CrazySexyCool, for which he wrote and produced some of the hits, became the best selling album of all time by an American girl group. Under his direction, TLC sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, a combined total of 75 million records.
Toni Braxton's first two albums, Toni Braxton and Secrets, for which he wrote the majority of the songs, went on to sell a combined total of over 10 million copies in America alone. Babyface helped form the popular late-1990s R&B group Az Yet. Edmonds helped to mold and work with some of his then-wife Tracey Edmonds' acts, such as Jon B and producer Jon-John Robinson. Edmonds has worked with many successful performers in contemporary music. “I’m Your Baby Tonight”, produced for Whitney Houston,this was the introduction of her to R&B music and was his first No. 1 Top 40 hit in the US. He wrote and produced Boyz II Men's 1992 "End of the Road" and 1994 "I'll Make Love to You", both of which established records for the longest stay at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He co-wrote, co-produced, provided backing vocals on Madonna's 1994 Bedtime Stories, which featured the seven-week No. 1 hit "Take a Bow", shared billing with Eric Clapton on the chart-topping Grammy winner "Change the World" from the Phenomenon soundtrack.
He wrote and produced the No. 1 hit "Exhale" for Houston as well as the rest of the critically acclaimed 10 million-selling Waiting to Exhale soundtrack in 1995, which spawned additional hits for Houston and Mary J. Blige. Additionally, Edmonds has produced and written music for many artists including Carole King, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson, Faith Evans, Al Green, Beyoncé, Diana Ross, Sheena Easton, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, Michael Bolton, Paula Abdul, Eric Clapton, Tevin Campbell, Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Shola Ama, 3T, Sisqó, Dru Hill, Fall Out Boy, Céline Dion, Samantha Jade, Backstreet Boys, Katharine McPhee, Mariah Carey, Vanessa L. Williams, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, Chanté Moore, En Vogue, Kenny G, Kristinia DeBarge, Lil Wayne, Japanese singer Ken Hirai, P!nk, Colbie Caillat, Marc Nelson, TLC, Ariana Grande, Ella Henderson, Jessica Mauboy, Xscape, K-Ci & JoJo, NSYNC, Jordin Sparks and Phil Collins among others. He received three consecutive Grammy Awards for Producer of the Year from 1995 to 1997.
Babyface was in the studio for about two years with Ashanti to produce her album The Declaration. He worked on the Lil Wayne album Tha Carter III, on the Kanye West-produced "Comfortable", he worked with R&B singer Monica for her sixth studio album Still Standing. In 2013, Babyface served as producer for Ariana Grande's debut album Yours Truly, producing the majority of her songs, including her second single, "Baby I". In September 2014, Babyface collaborated with Barbra Streisand on her album Partners, performing a duet on the track "Evergreen" and background vocals for other album tracks. Babyface collaborated with Foxes on her second album, All I Need, producing and co-writing "Scar". In July 2016, Babyface along with Bruce Roberts and Carole Bayer Sager helped write the song "Stronger Together" sung by Jessica Sanchez; the song was played after Hillary Clinton's speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The song's title is named after the slogan that the Clinton camp
David Khari Webber Chappelle is an American stand-up comedian, actor and producer. Chappelle is the recipient including two Emmy Awards and two Grammy Awards, he is most known for his acclaimed satirical comedy sketch series Chappelle's Show. The series was co-written by Neal Brennan, which ran until Chappelle's retirement from the show two years later. After leaving the show, Chappelle returned to performing stand-up comedy across the U. S. By 2006, Chappelle was called the "comic genius of America" by Esquire and, in 2013, "the best" by a Billboard writer. In 2017, Rolling Stone ranked him No. 9 in their "50 Best Stand Up Comics of All Time."Chappelle has appeared in several films including Mel Brooks's Robin Hood: Men in Tights, The Nutty Professor, Con Air, You've Got Mail, Blue Streak and Undercover Brother. His first lead role was in the 1998 comedy film Half Baked. Chappelle starred in the ABC TV series Buddies. In 2016, he signed a $20 million-per-release comedy-special deal with Netflix and in 2017, he has released four standup specials so far.
Chappelle received his first Emmy Award in 2017 for his guest appearance on Saturday Night Live. In 2018, he received a Grammy Award for his Netflix specials The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas. Equanimity, his Netflix special, was nominated in 2018 for three Emmys and received the award for Outstanding Variety Special. Dave Chappelle's father, William David Chappelle III, worked as a statistician before becoming a professor at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, his mother, Yvonne K. Chappelle Seon, was a professor at Howard University, Prince George's Community College, the University of Maryland. Seon worked for Congo Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, she is a Unitarian Universalist minister. Chappelle has a stepbrother, his great-grandfather, Bishop William D. Chappelle, served as a president of Allen University. Chappelle grew up in Silver Spring and attended Woodlin Elementary School, his parents were politically active, family house visitors included Pete Seeger and Johnny Hartman.
Hartman predicted Chappelle would be a comedian and, around this time, Chappelle's comic inspiration came from Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. After his parents separated, Chappelle stayed in Washington with his mother while spending summers with his father in Ohio. In 1991, he graduated from Washington's Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where he studied theatre arts. Dave Chappelle was featured in a montage of random people telling a joke in the first episode of ABC's America's Funniest People, airing on September 13 of 1990. Chappelle moved to New York City to pursue a career as a comedian, he performed at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater in front of the infamous "Amateur Night" audience, but he was booed off stage. Chappelle described the experience as the moment that gave him the courage to continue his show business aspirations, he made a name for himself on the New York comedy circuit performing in the city's parks. In 1992, he won critical and popular acclaim for his television appearance in Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam on HBO.
It was his appearance on this show that allowed his popularity to begin rising allowing him to become a regular guest on late-night television shows such as Politically Incorrect, The Late Show With David Letterman, The Howard Stern Show, Late Night With Conan O'Brien. Whoopi Goldberg nicknamed him "The Kid". At 19, he made his film debut as "Ahchoo" in Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights, he appeared on Star Search three times but lost over competing comedian Lester Barrie. The same year, Chappelle was offered the role of Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue in Forrest Gump. Concerned the character was demeaning and the movie would bomb, he turned down the part, he parodied the film in the 1997 short Bowl of Pork, where a dim-witted black man is responsible for the Rodney King beating, the LA riots and OJ Simpson being accused of murder. Chappelle played another supporting role in an early Doug Liman film, Getting In in 1994. At age 19, he was the opening act for R&B soul singer Aretha Franklin. Early in his career, Chappelle was called to perform after comedy vet Chris Thomas, so good that Dave, though he had been warned bombed.
He attracted the attention of TV network executives and developed numerous pilots but none were picked up for development into a series. In 1995, he made a guest appearance on an episode of ABC's popular sitcom Home Improvement; the storyline had Chappelle and real-life friend and comedian Jim Breuer ask Tim Taylor for advice on their girlfriends. The characters' single outing in the episode proved so popular that ABC decided to give them their own spin-off sitcom titled Buddies. However, after taping a pilot episode, Jim Breuer was fired and replaced with actor Christopher Gartin. Buddies premiered in March 1996 to disappointing ratings and the show was canceled after only five episodes out of 13, produced. After the failure of Buddies, Chappelle starred in another pilot. According to Chappelle, the network was uncomfortable with the African-American cast and wanted white actors added. Chappelle subsequently accused the network of racism. Shortly afterwards, Chappelle's father died and returning to Ohio, he considered leaving the entertainment business.
He appeared as a nightclub comedian in the 1996 comedy The Nutty Professor starring Eddie Murphy, one of his major comedic influences. The movie grossed nearly $129 million on a budget of $54 million, he had a minor role in 1997's Con Air which m