Chris Rock has been saying that he and Dave Chappelle were going on tour for a while now, and it just might happen. Chappelle hit up the Comedy Cellar in New York City on Tuesday night (Feb. 26), where talk of their joint comedy tour met with a public forum.
Rock reportedly jumped on stage and tried to persuade Chappelle to go on the road with him.
The Comic’s Comic Reports:
Early Wednesday morning, they performed together. Onstage. At the same time. This was not a dream. This was not a drill. This was real. Rock and Chappelle, onstage together. Riffing off of each other. It was the first episode of a podcast you may never hear. Or the first stop on a fantasy stand-up comedy tour — a tour that very well might happen sometime later in 2013, if the two comedians could put their business heads and their schedules together. Which they actually began to do onstage right in front of the unsuspecting audience last night at the Cellar.
“Come out to Oakland,” Chappelle told Rock.
“You should come down to West Palm,” Rock replied.
Chappelle: “After next Tuesday, I’m free for like 11 years.”
Rock said he has a new movie of his own he’s going to film later this spring, and would be cutting it over the summer. “I’ve got time between now and the movie,” Rock told Chappelle onstage. “By Halloween, I could do dates.”
This all took place over the course of a couple of hours after midnight. After the final scheduled act on Tuesday’s double bill at the Cellar, host William Stephenson beckoned for the audience to remain seated, apologizing briefly for having told them the show would be over, then quickly adding he had a good excuse to change course. Stephenson then introduced Chappelle, who performed solo for 40-45 minutes. Just as Chappelle was thanking the audience and preparing to leave, Rock hopped onstage, too, still clad in his hat and jacket.
“Aw, you lucky motherf–kers.” Rock told them.
The duo reportedly unleashed their comedic banter for a good hour, much to the delight (and awe) of the crowd. With Chappelle finally coming out and speaking the obvious. “This could be the show,” he said. “Fireside chats with Chris Rock.”
Rock reportedly replied “I’m in.”
So there it is, the existence of a Dave Chappelle/Chris Rock comedy tour isn’t as far fetched as it may seem.
Here’s hoping that it actually comes into fruition.
UPDATE: Last night (Feb. 27), Rock and Chappelle were joined by Kevin Hart, and Marlon Wayans for an off the cuff comedy session. The good Questlove was in the spot and provided a run down via his Instagram.
I once sat in on drums with Prince on bass, Sheila E on percussion, Frank Mcomb on keys, Rachelle Ferrell on vocals doing Stevie Wonder’s catalogue (who incidentally was also sitting in….with Joni Mitchell & Selma Hayek as our audience) and I *think* I might have felt as high as I did tonight. I was working on the other side of the world when suddenly I got a “get yo arse down here NOW!!!!!” text.
Sure enough I made it just in time to see the best night ever at the comedy cellar: Hannibal was on 1st, then Chapelle did an amazing off the top bit about what life will be like in a South African jail with prosthetic legs…and the pope quitting his career too. & then the floodgates opened: Hart riffed on Spilling drinks on Hov then everyone got in a cipher doing a mini roast/dozens/lovefest about each other. It was honest to god like watching the comic version of “scenario” or “the symphony” jokes and punchlines were flying fast. Stories of way back when was told. And I had the best seat in the house (Dave told me to play piano….but I took the bench just to get a good view) amazing night watching #themaster5
Check out some photos from yesterday’s epic night of comedy, which included Bill Bellamy and Marlon Wayans in attendance, in the gallery.
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