The Comedy of Dave Chappelle: Critical Essays

The Comedy of Dave Chappelle: Critical Essays

by K.A. Wisniewski (Editor)

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Overview

Perhaps best known for his highly acclaimed, short-lived Comedy Central program Chappelle’s Show, Dave Chappelle is widely regarded as one of today’s most culturally significant comedians. Through the sketch comedy show and his stand-up act, Chappelle has offered truly memorable commentary on racial and ethnic tensions in American society. This book assembles 13 essays that examine motifs common in Chappelle’s comedy, including technology and digital culture; race, gender, and ethnicity; economics and politics; music, television, film, and performance; and memory, language, and identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786441884
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/02/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 245
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

K.A. Wisniewski is an assistant professor of history at Stevenson University in Stevenson, Maryland. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of publications including journals Genre, The Mochila Review, Welter, and the Small Press Review.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments vii

Introduction

K.A. WISNIEWSKI 1



1. Exploring Niggerdom

Racial Inversion in Language Taboos

RICHARD J. GRAY II and MICHAEL PUTNAM 15

2. Comic Genius or Con Man?

Deconstructing the Comedy of Dave Chappelle

NOVOTNY LAWRENCE 31

3. The Comedian Is a “Man”

Gender Performance in the Comedy of Dave Chappelle

ANDREA CUMBO 47

4. Dave Chappelle, the Wu-Tang Clan and Afro-Asian America

GRAHAM CHIA-HUI PRESTON 60

5. Laughing Whiteness

Pixies, Parody, and Perspectives

BRIAN GOGAN 72

6. Impersonating Hollywood

The Conflicting Identity Discourses of Charlie Murphy’s True

Hollywood Stories

JULIA ROUND 86

7. The Artistry of Ethnography in Dave Chappelle’s Block Party

C. RILEY SNORTON 102

8. Gramsci, Selling Out, and the Politics of Race Loyalty

Exploring Chappelle’s No-Show

AMARNATH AMARASINGAM 115

9. “When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong”

Subversions of Racial Authenticity

KATHERINE LEE 127

10. When “Keeping It Real” Goes Right

KIMBERLEY A. YATES 139

11. “White People, Run for Cover”

Dave Chappelle’s Festival of Misrule

FRANCESCA GAMBER 156

12. Haunted

Dave Chappelle’s Radical Racial Politics in the Context of Co-opted

Blackness

CHIWEN BAO 167

Conclusion

Legacy and Dave Chappelle

K. A. WISNIEWSKI 184



Filmography 195

Chapter Notes 197

Bibliography 217

About the Contributors 229

Index 231

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