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Chappelle's ShowChappelle logo.jpgCreated byDave Chappelle
Neal BrennanStarringDave Chappelle
Charlie Murphy
Donnell RawlingsCountry of originUnited StatesOriginal language(s)EnglishNo. of seasons3No. of episodes28 (list of episodes)ProductionRunning time22minutesProduction company(s)Pilot Boy Productions
Marobu Productions
Comedy Central ProductionsReleaseOriginal networkComedy CentralOriginal releaseJanuary 22, 2003
July 23, 2006External linksWebsite

Chappelle's Show is an American sketch comedy television series created by comedians Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan, with Chappelle hosting the show and starring in the majority of its sketches. Chappelle, Brennan, and Michele Armour were the show's executive producers. The series premiered on January 22, 2003, on the American cable television network Comedy Central. The show ran for two complete seasons and a third, truncated season (dubbed "The Lost Episodes").

After numerous delays, production of the third season of the show was abruptly ended when Chappelle left the show. Three episodes were compiled from the completed work and these episodes aired from July 9 to 23, 2006. Reruns have frequently aired on Comedy Central and around the world, with episodes airing on MTV in Germany, Comedy Central in Brazil, The Comedy Network and MuchMusic in Canada, The Comedy Channel and 7mate in Australia, and FX in the United Kingdom.

Chappelle's Show was also shown on WGN America and was syndicated to various television stations across the US, including MyNetworkTV. TV Guide ranked it number 31 on their list of "TV's Top 100 Shows" and it also was placed at number 26 on Entertainment Weekly's "New TV Classics" list.[1] Throughout its run, the show was critically acclaimed.


The show opens with Chappelle being introduced over the instrumental from the song "Hip-Hop", from the album Let's Get Free by Dead Prez. Chappelle performs a short stand up in front of a live audience, which serves to introduce the upcoming sketch. The focus then shifts to a prerecorded sketch that appears on a screen that is to Chappelle's left (or right for the first episode). The show is notorious for its handling of the topic of sexuality and Chappelle's casual usage of racial epithets. Chappelle performed sketches that premiered intricate cultural topics, such as prostitution, the entertainment industry, gun violence, numerous drug references (particularly marijuana, alcohol, PCP, crystal meth and crack cocaine) and music, all performed in a comedic fashion with a touch of antagonism. The show ends with a musical performance by a hip hop or soul artist.[2]

Notable sketches

Rather than acting out sketches in front of a live studio audience, the sketches were prerecorded with the audience reaction usually used in lieu of a laugh track. According to Neal Brennan in the season-two DVD commentary, the production team never edits in prerecorded laughs, with the exception of the "Dude's Night Out" sketch due to the lack of reaction from the audience.[3]

  • A Moment in the Life of Lil Jon Chappelle plays rapper/producer Lil Jon doing normal, everyday tasks, with a vocabulary consisting of almost nothing but the words 'Yeah!', 'HWHAT?!', and 'O-kay!' The real Lil Jon appeared in one sketch opposite Chappelle's character, with Lil Jon speaking in an excessively dignified accent. The rapper credited the sketch with increasing his visibility.[4] Entertainment Weekly put it on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list, saying, " We could have filled this list with 100 reasons we miss Chappelle's Show, but the biggest one would have to be his riotous celebrity impressions."[5]
  • Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories Charlie Murphy (who also wrote the sketches) retells his encounters with 1980s celebrities, the most popular being the Rick James story. The sketch features Murphy as himself and Chappelle as James, including incidents such as James slapping Murphy, interspersed with cuts from an interview with the actual present-day Rick James, trying to cover up for his past behavior, saying, "Cocaine's a hell of a drug."[6] The sketch spawned one of the show's popular catchphrases, "I'm Rick James, bitch!", which Chappelle, as James, repeatedly declares. The sketch attained even greater public attention when, in 2005, a candidate for city council in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, also named Rick James but unrelated to the singer, had many of his "Vote Rick James" campaign signs defaced by writing "Vote Rick James bitch!" or stolen by fans of the sketch.[7][8] The other "True Hollywood Story" depicted Murphy and his crew losing a pickup game of basketball against Prince. Both James and Prince confirmed the stories were true, with James's admission coming in unreleased interview footage produced for the skit. Prince's confirmation came in an interview with MTV, in which he stated "The whupping is true".[9] Prince later used an image of Chappelle dressed as Prince as the cover of his single "Breakfast Can Wait".
  • Frontline A spoof of the PBS series Frontline, it was hosted by Kent Wallace (played by William Bogert). The first Frontline sketch, "Blind Supremacy", featured the life of Clayton Bigsby (played by Chappelle), a biography of a blind white supremacist who is not aware that he is actually a black man. writer Rembert Brown deemed this sketch the winner of his "Best Chappelle Sketch Ever", beating out the Wayne Brady sketch in his 64-sketch, NCAA Tournament style bracket. This sketch was part of the first episode and garnered attention for its extensive use of the word "nigger" (mostly spoken by Chappelle's character).[10] The sketch has been compared to the iconic "word association" Saturday Night Live sketch from 1975 featuring Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor[11] which received similar reactions for its use of the word. Charlie Sheen stated that he was hospitalized in 2010 as a result of developing a hernia from laughing so hard upon viewing the sketch.[12][13] Other Frontline sketches featured stories of racist animal actors and gay versions of everything from the DMV to the KKK.
  • Racial Draft A spoof of the NFL Draft, MLB Draft, NBA Draft, and NHL Draft, it had various multiracial celebrities such as Tiger Woods (Chappelle) and the Wu-Tang Clan (playing themselves) being "drafted" into various "races" such as white, black, Jewish, Hispanic, and Asian, based on their perceived ethnicity or cultural leanings. Chappelle also played the white representative, while rapper Mos Def played the black representative, and radio personality Angie Martinez played the Hispanic representative.
  • WacArnold's Chappelle gets a job as a young man at a fast-food restaurant that portrays itself as providing a community service by offering jobs to disenfranchised, poor youth. A scene-by-scene mock of a 1990 McDonald's commercial is followed by Chappelle slowly realizing the job is embarrassing and he does not make enough money to support his family. He gets robbed and harassed on his way to work. During one encounter in the last scene of the sketch, a thug (played by Donnell Rawlings) quips, "Hey Calvin! It's a fine line between fries and shakes!" before he breaks into song, "The leanest burger in the world, could be the meanest burger in the world, if you cook it that way!". He follows by stating he has to "stop smoking this shit here" as his friends break out in laughter. The song is a remake of a 1971 song by The Persuaders (also covered by The Pretenders in 1983 and H-Town in 1996) "Thin Line Between Love and Hate".
  • Wayne Brady's Show After Dave Chappelle quits the show in an opening segment that coincidentally mirrored the contract negotiations for the aborted third season, Wayne Brady (portraying himself) takes over as host and is asked to emcee the remaining episodes of the series since Chappelle had already filmed the remaining sketches. Regretting the decision to leave the show, Chappelle returns and confronts Brady. The ensuing confrontation leads to the airing of a flashback to a night of misadventures involving the two that portrays Brady (contrary to his friendly public image) as a murderous, pimping, and seriously disturbed psychopath in the mold of Denzel Washington's character Alonzo Harris from the film Training Day.[14] Brady had trouble filming the sketch, finding it difficult to say the line, "Is Wayne Brady gonna have to choke a bitch?".[15]
  • When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong A documentary style sketch, it serves as a cautionary tale about when not to "keep it real" (be completely honest). The sketch depicts events in which a character is just minding his business until someone else says or does something that the first character does not like. The character is given a choice: ignore the alleged provocation, or "keep it real" (get confrontational and be antagonistic with whoever provoked him), with the character going with the latter, all the while boasting about how they "keep it real". Eventually, the character's decision backfires severely on him, thus ruining his life, while the person who provoked him is having the time of his life, and the character's friends shun the character's choice to "keep it real".
  • Player Hater's Ball Guest starring Ice-T, the sketch featured Chappelle and several other regulars attending a convention of "haters", i.e. people who make hurtful and deprecating comments towards others. The characters all dressed and acted in the manner of flamboyant 1970s pimps. The convention featured an award for "hater of the year" and an ad-libbed segment where the attendees were shown pictures of celebrities such as Rosie O'Donnell and Kelly Osbourne and delivered put downs. This later spawned a sequel called "Haters in Time" where the haters went back in time to when the Africans were slaves and end up killing one of the slave masters.
  • Samuel L. Jackson Beer Filmed as a long-form ad, the sketch featured a parody of Samuel Adams Beer sponsored by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Chappelle appeared as Jackson, wearing a wig reminiscent of the actor's hair style in the 1994 movie Pulp Fiction and dressed in Revolutionary War-era garb similar to the spokesman who had recently appeared in Samuel Adams Beer ads. Chappelle's performance played heavily on Jackson's propensity for roles which involve angry shouting and copious profanity. At one point when asked to stop yelling by Bill Burr, Chappelle, as Jackson, yells "No, I can't stop yelling, 'cause that's how I talk! You ain't never seen my movies?"

Recurring characters

  • Tron Carter (played by Chappelle) a cocaine dealer, he is originally shown in a sketch where he has received reparations for slavery and due to a "hot hand in a dice game" becomes the richest man in America. When asked about the infant he carts around in a stroller, Tron says, "I just bought this baby, cash." He is also one of the roommates in The Mad Real World. Later in a spoof of Law & Order, Tron gets the same lenient treatment as those involved in white-collar crime, invoking the "fif" in response to every question. Tron also appeared in the first episode of season three in a sketch in which he described an altercation with Method Man and was tortured by the methods described in the song "Method Man" from Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). In the reparations episode, he is shown gambling in Brooklyn and described as a Harlem resident, but in another episode, he is shown in his house on "Everglade Boulevard" bagging up cocaine and watching the fictitious R. Kelly music video "Piss on You", and he receives a phone call from the Dade County Police Department, suggesting he lives in Miami.
  • Negrodamus Paul Mooney plays a black prophet and fortune teller (a satire of Nostradamus). In the sketch, people (mostly white) ask him various questions such as "Negrodamus, why do white people love Wayne Brady so much?" to which he replies "White people love Wayne Brady because he makes...Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X." (This clip was later shown as a drug hallucination in the Wayne Brady sketch.)[15]
  • Tyrone Biggums Chappelle plays a squeaky-voiced crack addict recognized by his white, blistered lips and constant scratching. His first appearance was in the second episode of season one. He is often heard saying, "I smoke rocks" and "SHAZAM!" Tyrone enjoys eating peanut butter and crack sandwiches, and was the spokesman for "Red Balls", an energy drink made from cocaine. He also made an appearance in a Fear Factor spoof sketch on the "Wayne Brady's Show" episode, wherein he was exceptionally willing to do gross challenges, and was nonreactive to the hot coals underneath his feet, which lit his big toenail on fire (the same fire from which he would later light a cigarette). Tyrone Biggums was featured in "The World's Greatest Wars" segment where he was a cellmate of River Terrace Crew leader General Cornrow Wallace (Mos Def).
  • "Silky" Johnson (played by Chappelle) A notorious player hater, he won the fictitious "Hater of the Year" award twice (one of which was for calling a bomb threat on the Special Olympics), and who later traveled back in time to "hate" in the past.
  • Chuck Taylor (played by Chappelle) The lead "white" anchor on the fictitious "News 3", he is played by Chappelle in whiteface makeup and a blonde wig. Taylor has appeared in a few sketches, the first of which was the "Reparations" sketch from season one.
  • Leonard Washington (played by Chappelle) Washington first appeared in the first-season sketch "Trading Spouses", wherein he acted as the patriarch of a white family for a month. Notably, when entering rooms unfamiliar to him, Washington looks out the windows to see if he is being followed. He also expressed his displeasure that many white families do not use washcloths when taking a shower or bath. One of the only things that can make Leonard Washington back down is being shot. When asked for his hometown in the "World Series of Dice" sketch, Washington replied, "Where I'm from? A little town called none ya goddamn bidness." He has a wife and a son, T-Mart. He is seemingly unaware of white culture, unknowing of Renee Zellweger (as he stated in "Trading Spouses" after reading White People Magazine).
  • Ashy Larry (played by Donnell Rawlings) A shirtless black man with flaky-white skin and chapped lips, he is always seen wearing a pair of white boxer shorts. He appeared in the "World Series of Dice" sketch, in one of Chappelle's daydreams during a boring dinner conversation, and was seen holding Dave Chappelle's $50million check in one of the lost episodes. Ashy Larry is also one of the names Wayne Brady calls the PCP he gives to Dave in the Wayne Brady sketch. Rawlings briefly reprised his role as Ashy Larry in the sketch comedy show, In The Flow with Affion Crockett, encountering Chappelle (played by Crockett).
  • Robot Dancing Man Set designer Karl Lake did the robot dance in random places, including a barbershop, club, and a courtroom (in a deleted scene). In the sketches, he is generally not acknowledged, despite the out-of-place behavior, nor does he acknowledge anyone. A few exceptions to this rule have occurred. One of them is during the "Slow-Motion" sketch, in the club, when Dave acknowledges him by saying "The Robot", and emulating him. Another is when Wayne Brady "takes over" the show, during one of the commercial break introductions; Wayne is looking at Robot Man's moves, and proceeds to dance with him. Also, in the opening theme for season three, Charlie Murphy and Donnell Rawlings have hogtied and taken the place of the two men who start off the show. Robot Man is seen in the background doing his dance and the harmonica player yells out "Robot, help us!", but to no avail.

Frequent or notable guest stars

Many guest stars have appeared on the show, including Half Baked co-stars Guillermo Diaz, Jim Breuer and Snoop Dogg; RZA, GZA and Method Man of the Wu-Tang Clan, Rick James, Damon Dash, Redman, Ice-T, Arsenio Hall, Wayne Brady (the only guest to appear on stage), Mos Def (who was also a musical guest), Eddie Griffin, Susan Sarandon, Q-Tip, Rashida Jones, Jamie Foxx, Carson Daly, Ron Jeremy, Star, Bill Burr, Spike Lee, Michael Rapaport and Joe Rogan.

Musical guests include De La Soul, Ludacris, Robert Petkoff, Talib Kweli, Fat Joe, Wyclef Jean, Killer Mike, Big Boi of OutKast, Anthony Hamilton, Kanye West, Common, DMX, Busta Rhymes, Slum Village, John Mayer, Questlove, Cee-Lo Green, Vida Guerra, Erykah Badu and Lil Jon.


Main article: List of Chappelle's Show episodes Season Episodes Originally aired First aired Last aired 1 12 January22,2003 April9,2003 2 13 January21,2004 April14,2004 3 3 July9,2006 July23,2006

Third-season delays


During a June 2004 stand-up performance in Sacramento, California, Chappelle left the stage due to audience members interrupting the show by shouting, "I'm Rick James, bitch!," which became a catchphrase from the popular "Rick James" sketch. After a few minutes, Chappelle returned and continued by saying, "The show is ruining my life." He stated that he disliked working "20 hours a day" and that the popularity of the show was making it difficult for him to continue his stand-up career which was "the most important thing" to him. He also told the audience:

You know why my show is good? Because the network officials say you're not smart enough to get what I'm doing, and every day I fight for you. I tell them how smart you are. Turns out, I was wrong. You people are stupid.[16]


The third season of Chappelle's Show was scheduled to premiere in February 2005. This date was pushed back to May 31, 2005, when production fell behind schedule in December 2004 because, according to Comedy Central, Chappelle had fallen ill with the flu (Chappelle later told Oprah Winfrey that this was untrue and that stress had caused him to leave).[17] On May 4, 2005, just weeks before the anticipated premiere, Comedy Central announced that Chappelle's Show would not be ready by the announced date and that production had been suspended "until further notice". No reason for the delay or suspension was given and no response was given by Chappelle.[18] One week later, it was reported (most notably by The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly) that Chappelle had flown to South Africa on April 28 to stay in an undisclosed psychiatric facility.

On May 14, Time announced that one of their reporters, Christopher John Farley, had interviewed Chappelle in South Africa, and that no psychiatric treatments were occurring or necessary. Chappelle returned shortly thereafter and quelled rumors of psychiatric or substance-abuse problems, and emphasized that his trip was a "spiritual retreat" intended to keep his sense of reality outside the bubble of intense pressure and fame and to keep his humor fresh.

On July 14, Comedy Central president Doug Herzog announced that Chappelle was welcome back any time, but that the comedian had said he was still not ready to return. Herzog put a positive spin on negotiations, but conceded that he did not expect Chappelle's Show to return in 2005. The New York Times also reported that Chappelle explained to Herzog, over dinner, that his success was getting to him and that "he wanted to be wrong again sometimes, instead of always being right."

In August, with Herzog and Chappelle having reportedly not spoken since their June 3 meeting, TV Guide featured an interview with Charlie Murphy, in which he stated, "Chappelle's Show is over, man. Done... It took me a long time to be able to say those words, but I can say it pretty easy now because it's the truth." Around the same time came confirmation from Comedy Central that co-creator Neal Brennan had left the show.

Nonetheless, on December 11, during Comedy Central's Last Laugh '05, a promotion for the third season of the show was aired.


On January 24, 2006, the program premiered uncensored on the UK's FX, starting with the second season. The first episode featured the "Slow Motion" sketch, one of the most famous in the United Kingdom, popularized by the Internet. It was well received by critics, with outspoken TV critic Gary Naysmith declaring it, "The finest piece of television I've seen all year."

On February 3, 2006, Chappelle made his first television interview since production ceased on season three, on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He stated that burnout, losing his creative control, and a work environment that was uncomfortable, were some of the reasons he left the show. He also stated that he would be open to producing the remainder of season three (and perhaps a season four) only if his demands were met, one of which was to ensure that half of the proceeds of future Chappelle's Show DVD sales would go to charity. Chappelle claimed that if Comedy Central aired the unaired episodes, the show would be finished. After that announcement, Comedy Central stopped advertising the release of the third season for a period of time.

The "Lost Episodes"

In April, the network wrapped up production of the third season, taping the live studio audience segments for three episodes. In place of Chappelle, the last episodes were cohosted by regular cast members Charlie Murphy and Donnell Rawlings. Advertised as the "lost episodes", they began airing on July 9, 2006. The third and final episode aired on July 23, 2006. The DVD collection of the lost episodes was released on July 25, 2006.

When asked if he felt guilty about carrying on with the lost episodes without Chappelle, Rawlings replied:

I'm a loyal person, but I know that as a professional, I've got to keep my career going, and I felt it was an opportunity for me, for people [to] see what I do as funny ... without knowing what Dave Chappelle's agenda is, the reasons why he left, with no communication saying, 'Hey guys, I feel this way. I would much rather you not be a part of this process.' Had I had a conversation with Dave like that then there's a possibility that I would reconsider me hosting it.[19]


  • Dave Chappelle
  • Anthony Berry
  • Neal Brennan
  • Bill Burr
  • Brian Dykstra
  • Drake Hill
  • Sophina Brown
  • William Bogert
  • Yoshio Mita
  • Paul Mooney
  • Charlie Murphy
  • Randy Pearlstein
  • Nick Wyman
  • Donnell Rawlings
  • Mos Def
  • Max Herman
  • Allen Levy
  • Guillermo Diaz
  • Drago Ruschinsky
  • Amanda Rowan

Home media

The DVD sets for seasons one and two of Chappelle's Show have sold extremely well since their release. As of 2005, the first-season DVD was the best-selling TV series set of all time,[20] beating out other popular shows such as The Simpsons (the first season of which held the record beforehand), American Dad!, Family Guy, Friends, and Seinfeld.

The episode "Music Jump-Off" which featured Chappelle visiting his old high school, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, intercut with previously unaired sketches and musical performances, did not make either DVD set.

On October 11, 2005, the first half of the first season was released on UMD.

On May 23, 2006, the first uncensored season was made available for purchase on the iTunes Music Store, and on June 20, the second uncensored season was also made available on iTunes.

On June 5, 2007, Comedy Central released a compilation DVD titled The Best of Chappelle's Show which highlights 25 of the most popular sketches in all seasons.

On November 20, 2007, Comedy Central released a boxset with season one, season two, and "the Lost Episodes" titled Chappelle's Show The Series Collection.

All box sets were released by Paramount Home Entertainment (under the Comedy Central banner).

Season releases

DVD Name Release Date # of Eps Additional Information Season 1 Uncensored February 24, 2004 12 This 2 disc box set includes 12 episodes from Season 1. Bonus features include Deleted scene/Gag reel, 20Minute Featurette Ask A Black Dude with Paul Mooney, Audio commentary on 5 Episodes and on the Deleted scenes/Gag reel. Season 2 Uncensored May 24, 2005 13 This 3 disc box set includes 13 episodes from Season 2. Bonus features include New Stand Up Material From Chappelle, Uncut Rick James interview, Gag reel and Deleted scenes.

Special releases

DVD Name Release Date # of Eps Additional Information The Lost Episodes Uncensored July 25, 2006 3 This single disc box set includes the 3 episodes from the unfinished third season. Bonus features include unaired sketches, Fabulous Making of Chappelle's Show Documentary, Audio commentary by Charlie Murphy, Donnell Rawlings and Neal Brennan, Blooper reel and Deleted scenes. The Best of Chappelle's Show Uncensored June 5, 2007 Compilation This compilation highlights 25 of the most popular sketches in all seasons in an uncensored format. The Series Collection November 20, 2007[21] 28 All episodes from Season One, Season Two, and "The Lost Episodes".


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Last Call with Carson Daly
Jump to navigation Jump to search Last Call with Carson DalyLastCall.pngShow's former logoWritten byBrett WebsterDirected byRich Bond
Michael A. Hammeke
Joe LaMattinaPresented byCarson DalyCountry of originUnited StatesOriginal language(s)EnglishNo. of seasons18No. of episodes2,000[1]ProductionExecutive producer(s)Stewart Bailey
Carson Daly
Rich BondProduction location(s)Los AngelesEditor(s)Samantha Babcock
Karen Erickson
Josh Gohlke
Steve Gutierrez
Joe LaMattina
Chris Otwell
Ken Peters
Jack Wallis
Marty WattsRunning time29 minutesProduction company(s)NBC Studios (200204)
NBC Universal Television Studio (200407)
Universal Media Studios (20072011)
Universal Television (20112019)
Carson Daly ProductionsReleaseOriginal networkNBCPicture format480i (4:3 SDTV) (200208)
480i (4:3 letterboxing of 16:9 image) (200811)
1080i (16:9 HDTV) (20112019)Original releaseJanuary 8, 2002[2]
May 24, 2019ChronologyPreceded byLaterFollowed byA Little Late with Lilly SinghExternal linksOfficial website

Last Call with Carson Daly is an American entertainment program that was broadcast by NBC from 2002 to 2019 as part of its late-night lineup.

Hosted by former MTV personality Carson Daly, the series was initially formatted as a studio-based late-night talk show similar to its lead-ins The Tonight Show and Late Night (although not as strongly-focused on comedy). In 2009, the series shifted to a new format consisting of entirely of segments filmed on-location, including music performances, and interviews with musicians, comedians, actors, filmmakers, and other artists. Unlike other programs in NBC's late night lineup, Last Call typically recorded only 24 weeks of original shows a year with the rest of the year being taken up by reruns.[3]

In 2013, NBC announced that Daly would leave Last Call to become a correspondent for its morning show Today. Despite this, the show continued with Daly in a reduced capacity, serving solely as a studio-based presenter for the segments (with interviews conducted by production staff off-screen rather than Daly). In February 2019, NBC announced that the show would conclude after its 2,000th and final episode, which aired on May 25, 2019. Reruns continued until mid-September, with its replacementA Little Late with Lilly Singhpremiering in its timeslot on September 16, 2019.



Last Call premiered on January 8, 2002 as the successor to Later. Last Call initially aired Monday through Thursday until the cancellation of Late Friday in late May 2002; it was aired five nights a week since. Its premiere was delayed one day at the last minute due to a contract dispute.[4]

Last Call was originally taped in Studio 8H of the GE Building in New York City, which was also the home studio of Saturday Night Live. However, this required the producers to work around the schedule of Saturday Night Live. During this phase, Last Call had no house band and no jokes or monologue, going straight to the first guest at the beginning of the show. The stage was set up in an empty black box theater style, save for two low-slung chairs and a small table. Each week, a different unsigned band was brought in to do the music, in addition to any musical act at the end. Gradually, the set acquired more furnishings and decor, much of which was influenced by the occasional week-long trips to Las Vegas. In 2003 and 2004, Last Call was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for "Choice TV Show Late Night".

Last Call was originally planned to broadcast in high-definition when Studio 8H was retrofitted for Saturday Night Live; however, instead, the show was relocated to Los Angeles in September 2005, and continued to air in standard-definition. After the move, Last Call began to resemble its counterparts, with a more traditional set, permanent house band led by Joe Firstman, short monologue and occasional comedy bits.

In November 2005, Joe Firstman became the official house band leader for Last Call. Notable members of his band include Kamasi Washington, Thundercat (musician), Kenny Aronoff, Mike Miley (Rival Sons), Brian Wright (musician), Zane Musa, Zane Carney, Mark Bryan, Marc Ford, and Ryan Porter.[5] Firstman wrote the majority of the material the band performed.


Production of new Last Call episodes was suspended for a month due to the Writers Guild of America strike, but on December 4, 2007, Last Call became the first late night talk show to resume production during the strike. On air, Daly explained that the only reason the show resumed production was that he was given the option to either return or have the show's 75 non-striking staff members fired. The shows were not scripted and did not include monologues. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) was critical of Daly, accusing him of crossing picket lines and labeling him a scab. Daly is not a member of the WGA.[6][7]

On November 27, 2007, he was accused by the WGA of soliciting jokes for his show through a telephone hotline.[7][8]

On December 11, 2007, an organized group of WGA writers attended a taping of Last Call. First, one heckled during an interview with Jerry Rice. After security removed the first writer, another spoke up disruptively, expressing sympathy with striking writers. A producer asked anyone planning to disrupt the show to leave or face prosecution; between five and twenty left.[9]


As the end of Late Night with Conan O'Brien was approaching, Daly made it public that he was interested in moving to the Late Night time slot.[10] Jimmy Fallon was chosen to replace O'Brien, a choice that executive producer Lorne Michaels had in mind dating back to the day that Fallon left Saturday Night Live in 2004.[11]

In February 2009, network executive Rick Ludwin told TV Week that the company was currently "going through the budgetary process with all of our shows. There are new budgetary realities... It's tough. We want to keep [Carson] going as long as we can make the budget work."[10] Soon after that interview, NBC announced plans for Last Call to go on a one-week "tour" of California, with taped segments of up-and-coming musical acts at various clubs, such as The Roxy, The Viper Room, and Hotel Cafe.[12] As the show's 1000th episode approached in April, NBC's summary of the show made it clear that the change in format would continue:

"Currently in its eighth season, NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly utilizes a new style by introducing a documentary style format. Host Carson Daly gets out of the studio and takes the show on location each night. Recent highlights include Dalys motorcycle trip across the historic Route 66, a visit to comedian Tom Green's house in the Hollywood Hills, and a scene at the Whiskey Bar with the Grammy Award-winning band Kings of Leon."[13]

With the change, the usual late-night talk show trappings of a house band, studio audience, and comedy were abandoned. In May, NBC announced that Last Call had been renewed for a ninth season, which debuted on September 21, 2009.[14]


On January 8, 2010, it was reported by multiple media outlets that The Jay Leno Show was moving to 11:35p.m., the Conan O'Brien-hosted Tonight Show to 12:05a.m., and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to 1:05, which would have resulted in Last Call losing its time slot (as NBC did not include plans to move Poker After Dark, at the time the show which followed Last Call in some markets, to a later slot). NBC confirmed the move, along with the possible end of Last Call. NBC had repeatedly emphasized that its focus is retaining the lineup of Leno, Tonight and Fallon.[15] NBC chairman Jeff Gaspin told ABC News he expected Daly to stay with the network "in some fashion", but did not elaborate.[16]

On January 9, after the lineup changes were first rumored in the press, Daly made an unannounced stop on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, appearing from the crowd during an audience Q&A session with Kimmel. Daly jokingly asked, "What will happen to my show?" Referencing the contestant elimination process on the show Survivor, Kimmel responded, "As long as you have your immunity idol, I think you're safe." Daly then asked, "Can I have your show?" Kimmel responded, "No."[17]

After O'Brien was effectively forced to leave NBC and Leno was subsequently re-installed as host of The Tonight Show, Daly remained at his spot and received a 4% surge in ratings.

On August 19, 2010, NBC and Daly confirmed that Last Call with Carson Daly would be renewed for its tenth season.[18]


Carson Daly

In the May sweeps, Last Call received a 5% increase in viewership compared to the previous year.[19] In the same month, next day encores of the series began to air as part of Fuse's early primetime schedule.

Despite the program being produced in a 16:9 frame since at least 2008, Last Call was still presented in a 4:3 letterbox mode until September 19, 2011, when it became the last program (outside of the network's outside-controlled Saturday morning Qubo block at the time) on NBC's schedule to make the full conversion to high definition broadcast. This also made it the last of the major late night talk programs on broadcast and cable to make the switch.


On April 3, 2013, NBC officially announced that Jimmy Fallon would succeed Jay Leno as the host of The Tonight Show following the 2014 Winter Olympics.[20][21] Daly was again passed over for host of Late Night when Seth Meyers was announced as Fallon's successor on May 12, 2013.[22]

In September 2013, NBC announced that Daly would be moving to Today and leaving Last Call; it was not revealed if the program would continue without him.[23] It was eventually decided that Daly would limit his role on Last Call to the opening and closing segments as of the 13th season. All other segments are either interviews done by producers who rarely comment on-camera (their presence is limited to asking questions with the boom mic picking up their voice), or straight musical performances with only Daly's continuity introducing them.[24]

Last Call was originally to resume production for its thirteenth season in April 2013 but this was delayed and production did not begin until fall. The thirteenth season premiered in late October 2013. The show's future was uncertain, with speculation that the show may continue with another host, format, or end entirely and an initial announcement by NBC in September 2013 that Daly was leaving Last Call entirely in order to take up his new role on Today. A full season of 24 original week's worth of episodes was announced, however, with Daly as host but he now only tapes opening and closing segments; interviews are now conducted by the show's producers with only the interviewee appearing on camera.[3][24]

Though there was originally talk of expanding Fallon's Tonight Show to 90-minutes which would have bumped Last Call to 2 am or possibly have resulted in its cancellation, the change of late night time slots did not come to pass and the show's start time remained unchanged.[25] Its seventeenth season was its final season and at the time it was the longest-living late night weeknight show on American television with the same host.[26] As part of the final season, Jameela Jamil hosted a recurring segment called Wide Awake with Jameela Jamil.[27]


On February 12, 2019, NBC announced the series would end near the official end of the 201819 television season, with Daly citing his workload with Today, The Voice, and a new project with Golf Channel in wanting to depart the series.[28] The last episode of the series (its 2,000th) aired on May 25, 2019, with repeats continuing until September 12, 2019.[29] On March 14, 2019, NBC announced that Canadian YouTube personality Lilly Singh would host a new talk show to replace Last Call, A Little Late with Lilly Singh.[30]


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Episode 1-11/Episode 1-12

Here we are at the end of the first season of Chappelles Show. While the penultimate episode features two all-time classic sketches, the season finale itself is more of a muted affair. Most of the material in that final half-hour is good, but little of it is transcendent comedy. Is that a problem? Not especially. Theres still plenty of good material to discuss this week: hearing-impaired rappers, mystical camcorders, puerile choral singing, and an ahead-of-its-time reality show parody are all on tap as we say goodbye to season one and get ready for season two.


Episode 1-11 (season 1, episode 11; originally aired 4/2/2003)

Fisticuffs: Owing to the recent success of 50 Cent, Dave Chappelle tells the studio audience that the mix-tape culture from which the rapper ascended has grown out of control. As an example, he airs the promotional DVD for rapper Fisticuffs, introduced by legendary DJ/radio personality Funkmaster Flex. (Theres some confusion over the name of this fictional artist, as everyone in-sketch seems to call him Fisticuff, but the onscreen name at the end reads Fisticuffs. Im going with the onscreen name, as seen above in the screencap.) In any case, the actual name is less important than the central joke on display: Fisticuffs inability to actually launch into any verse of his supposedly awesome song.


The problem stems from his inability to hear correctly out of his studio headphones, thus giving rise to the epic joint Turn My Headphones Up. While Chappelles Show often gets high marks for its writing and performances, this sketch really boils down to the superb editing on display. Everything funny about Fisticuffs continual mess-up comes down to the skill with which this entire segment was assembled in post-production. Everything onscreen is funny in and of itself, but a sloppy job behind-the-scenes would have destroyed the truly hilarious material. The inventive ways Fisticuffs keeps flubbing his takes are matched by the inventive ways in which the music (itself pretty damn catchy) keeps modulating and thus perplexing the hearing-impaired rapper. Flex eventually explains that Fisticuffs was shot in the ear eight times one night, but that almost seems less like an actual explanation and more of a way to cover up Fisticuffs ineptitude behind the mic. Either way, this is one of my all-time favorite sketches the show ever did: Its simple in concept, and fairly breathtaking in execution.

Make A Wish: This sketch walks such a fine line that its impressive that the show actually tip-toed across it start to finish. I can understand why Comedy Central agreed to air it in its final form, but I cant even imagine the flop sweat executives must have produced upon hearing that Chappelles Show would do a sketch in which Chappelle taunts a child with cancer. The old adage that nothing is comedically off-limits is true. But too few people know how to avoid the problems inherent in certain serious situations. But by making the sketch all about Chappelles arrogance, Make A Wish works like gangbusters.


Chappelle visits Billy, a Half Baked fan who cant believe his luck at meeting one of his idols. Dave notes a Playstation controller on Billys desk, and the two start playing the game Street Hoops. What starts off as a friendly game turns soon bitter as Chappelles competitive streak kicks in, causing him to kick Billys ass in-game and verbally taunt him inside the hospital room. You cant deny me! Its too real for you! Chappelle screams, among other things. Billy soon grows tired and weak, but Chappelle keeps up the intensity until Billy begs for a nurse to come. Chappelle calls in the nurse, only to ask her to serve as witness to the Street Hoops massacre in progress.

Eventually, Billy appears to die mid-game, which prompts Chappelle to call for help and then use defibrillators to bring Billy back to life. At this point, you expect Chappelle to learn his lesson. Nope. He puts the controller right back in Billys hands so Chappelle can win the game. Even the one to grow on speech gets a vicious twist, as Chappelle tells Billy hes too weak-willed to actually beat his disease. Chappelles actions in this sketch are morally reprehensible, but they go so over-the-top that our sympathies effortlessly side with Billy. This might be Chappelles Show, but Dave Chappelle was never afraid to make himself look awful in order to produce laughter. It doesnt get much more awful than what he does to Billy, and thats why its such a standout sketch.


Crazy Camera: Whereas the last two sketches work because of content as well as relative brevity, heres one that overstays its welcome and thus gets weighed down by the end. Its a concept-heavy sketch that works well on paper, but the final product flops.

Chappelle wanders into a store to answer an ad for a camera that he saw in the paper. Its not just any camera, however: Its a magic camera that can reveal a persons true self, record their inner thoughts, reveal the last person they had sex with, and also show where they end up in 10 years. Its the stuff of philosophical sci-fi, and had this sketch eschewed laughs for some more introspective analysis, maybe the laborious setup in this first scene would pay off by the end. As such, it just feels like a lot of heavy lifting to get at what is a series of standalone jokes loosely held together by Daves long days journey into night.


The initial camera joke, involving an overweight, frustrated Carson Daly, is perhaps the best of the bunch. Daly was at the height of his TRL popularity, five years into his run on one of the signature pop-culture show of that time. Having him mock his own squeaky-clean persona isnt as shocking as Wayne Bradys deconstruction in the second season, but its pretty great all the same. Sadly, Daves trip to a friends birthday party that night falls flat. Each in-camera joke takes too long to establish, and thus theres little momentum to the proceedings. Rather than build up to a crescendo of reveals, the pace feels stop-and-start, reflecting the way that the story serves the gags rather than the other way around.

After viewing others all night, Chappelle turns the gaze upon himself in the mirror. While his inner self is a straight-up stud, we also learn that he last slept with a woman old enough to be his grandmother. Worse than that, he learns that hell be in the TRL crowd alongside Daly in 10 years, desperately trying to get Justin Timberlakes attention. In this shows version of the future, Chappelle is a has-been. The real-life 10-year anniversary wont show that to be true. Chappelles potency hasnt diminished in the last decade, even if his presence had. Its hard to imagine Dave having to scrape for publicity should he choose to return to the spotlight. As it turns out, he left pop culture, not the other way around.


Episode 1-12 (season 1, episode 12; originally aired 4/9/2003)

ODweeds: Its like ODouls but for weed! Thats how Chappelles in-sketch wife explains the subject of this commercial parody, and it pretty much sounds like the pitch that undoubtedly landed this on-air in the first place. Chappelle blows smoke from this non-intoxicating brand of THC-free marijuana into his new infants face, elderly ladies fight over it in the nursing home, and a Rastafarian escapes jail time by pulling a bait-and-switch on a local cop. Its a trifling opening for the show, but it gets out before overstaying its welcome.


AND1 Videos: Maybe Chappelle would have been best served by mentioning, not showing, the real-deal clips from the AND1 Mixtape Tour. While the show is definitely parodying that stunt-based iteration of sport, the stunts on display during the first few clips are seriously impressive. Or, maybe, its just that the stunts that Chappelle performs in the realms of baseball, tennis, and bowling simply arent funny in the first place. Its a great concept for a sketch, but fails in actual execution. Its two funny parts are Donnell Rawlings reactions to the less-than-inspiring actions and the appearance of a random dancer who will get more screen time in season twos John Mayer sketch. (Hes the one seemingly having a seizure in front of the boisterous crowd.) Chappelles certainly having a ton of fun in these parodies, but the energy on location never really translates through the screen.

NBA Players: In the studio, Chappelle notes how hes one of many that enjoys calling out the name of his favorite basketball player when he does something cool in a pick-up game. Even in the pre-Twitter, pre-TMZ days, fans knew a lot about their favorite stars, which leads to a series of people attributing their actions to their favorite pro athletes. For example: The guy having sex with multiple partners screams out, Wilt Chamberlain! while the man in drag amongst his conquests shouts, Dennis Rodman! The sketch reminded me of the Paul Pierce stabbing incident, which occurred in 2000 and Id apparently blocked from my memory. Or maybe its because I hung out with RASHEED WALLACE! Lord, Charlie Murphys reading of that name is always fall down funny. I wont get into every iteration on display here, but this is a rapid-fire sketch in which the hits greatly outweigh the misses.


Diarrhea Choir: Answering a critic from People who called his show sub-sophomoric, Chappelle once again invokes classically trained singers to help out with his comedy musings. After having on a young woman in the second episode to sing out his thoughts, here he employs an entire chorus of female singers to warble about diarrhea. Closed-captioning helpfully provides the lyrics, with the bouncing ball leading us down the path of an increasingly elaborate ways to describe how the songs topic might come up in everyday life. Selling the whole piece is Chappelles fuck you conducting dance, which can barely contain the glee hes experiencing onstage. So far, weve had four sketches, and were not even halfway through the show. Pretty impressive output thus far, even if the results have been hit or miss.

Chappelles Show Trading Spouses: So here we are, at the final sketch of the first season. Its definitely one thats ahead of its time. Literally. While this sketch is going above and beyond the boundaries of reality television at that time, the real Trading Spouses would debut on Fox a year later, as an answer to ABCs Wife Swap. (Recent internetwork sniping about stolen reality show concepts isnt a new thing by a long stretch.) While Chappelles Show pushed the limits of good taste with its Real World parody earlier this season, this foray into fake reality television is solid but somewhat safer.


However, safe doesnt seem like an appropriate word for a sketch about two couples swapping husbands between a Caucasian family and a black one. But the differences drawn between the two families arent exactly drawn with a lethal pen. The Washingtons patriarch, Leonard, has a more forceful personality and is less likely to do work around the house. Todd, the father in the Jacobson household, is more likely to enforce time out then dropping his kid off in the ghetto after his son claimed to be part of 50 Cents G-Unit. Neither wife makes a particular impact, as both serve Chappelles dual role as the dad in both families.

What really makes this sketch stand out above the shows more middling fare is Chappelles performance as Leonard. It stands in the shadow of his Silky Johnson, but Leonards laid-back masculine aura really lifts scenes with him to a higher level. Theres almost a Paul Mooney-esque vibe to the character, a man who never feels the need to raise his voice to make his meaning felt. And yet, Leonard still thinks that his new wifes vibrator is a light saber. Still, can you blame this woman for having a marital aide? She is married to Todd, who apparently likes to have sex with his pajama bottoms still on. That lack of sexual adventurousness doesnt stop him from stealing underwear from his temporary wife, however.


Its a good sketch, if not a standout one. While Chappelle managed to predict a future subset of reality television, the actual shows managed to make this fake production seem tame by comparison. Its lengthy running time feels appropriate, unlike the overlong Crazy Camera sketch from last episode. But it marks a solid note upon which the season can end. When next we meet in this space, well embark on our journey through one of the seminal seasons of televised comedy in this century.

Stray observations:

  • According to the informational screen at the end of the sketch, pictured atop this review, you can buy the Fisticuffs record on CD for $29.99 or the CD for $29.99. I dont know whats more amusing: that this costs nearly $30, or that they have CD listed redundantly.
  • Street Hoops was a real game, albeit one I never played. I do remember playing a lot of Dr. J And Larry Bird Go One On One and Double Dribble back in my youth. Which, as you can tell, was a long time ago.
  • Leonard Washington telling his son, Anybody try and touch your mother, punch him in his dick! is somehow oddly romantic.
  • Next week: Samuel Jackson debuts his new beer, The Racial Draft is held, and we meet a family with an unusual last name.
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Carson Jones Daly (born June 22, 1973)[1] is an American television host, radio personality, producer, and television personality. Prior to 2002, Daly was a VJ on MTV's Total Request Live,[2] and a DJ for the Southern California-based radio station 106.7 KROQ-FM. In 2002, Daly joined NBC, where he began hosting and producing the late night talk show Last Call with Carson Daly, and occasionally hosting special event programming for NBC, such as the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show, and executive producing New Year's Eve with Carson Daly from Times Square beginning in 2003.

Daly has since been involved in more prominent roles at NBC, such as becoming host for its reality music competition The Voice in 2011, and joining NBC's morning show Today as a social media correspondent in 2013, with his role increasing in subsequent years becoming a co-host.

Daly has also served as a radio DJ. He was formerly a nighttime host on the Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM and beginning in 2010, began hosting Mornings with Carson Daly on its sister station KAMP-FM.[3] Daly also hosts a weekly top 30 countdown show The Daly Download with Carson Daly which is produced by Entercom (formerly CBS Radio and is the parent of KAMP-FM) and syndicated though Westwood One.[4]The program airs on Saturday and Sunday mornings in a 3-4 hour edition on CHR/AC radio stations.

Early life

Daly was born in Santa Monica, California,[1] the son of Coachella Valley TV personality Pattie Daly Caruso, and car salesman Jim "J.D." Daly.[5][6] His mother is from Fayetteville, North Carolina.[7] His father died from bladder cancer when Carson was a boy, and his mother married Richard Caruso.[7]

Daly attended Santa Monica High School and was a member of the school's golf team before graduating in 1991. He attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and dropped out to pursue a pro golf career.[1] He is of Irish descent[8] and has worked with Guinness on local "Proposition 3-17" to make Saint Patrick's Day an official holiday.[8] Daly served as an intern to Jimmy Kimmel in radio.[9] He began his radio career at College of the Desert and as an intern at the former KCMJ FM (now KKUU) under the name "Kid Carson".[10]


Daly began his broadcasting career at the radio station KOME in San Jose, California.[11] Daly was then given the 6-10 PM time slot at KOME's sister station KROQ in Los Angeles.[11] It was during Daly's time at KROQ that MTV recruited Daly to serve as a VJ during MTV's summer beach house programming called "Motel California."[11] At the end of the summer, MTV hired Daly as a permanent VJ, a position which required Daly to relocate to New York.[11] Once in New York, Daly began hosting MTV Live.[11]

Daly hosted MTV'S TRL from 1998 to 2003.[12] TRL was born out of two shows, "Total Request" and "MTV Live" both hosted by Daly.[13] Daly's role as host of the popular live program included introducing the top 10 videos of the day and interviewing celebrity guests.[13] In 2002, Last Call with Carson Daly debuted. The show was shot on the same set as Saturday Night Live until 2005 when it moved to Los Angeles.[14] Beginning in 2003-2004, Daly began hosting a New Year's Eve special for NBC, New Year's Eve with Carson Daly.[15]

In 2011, Daly began hosting and executive-producing NBC's reality music competition The Voice. Daly's duties as host include watching blind auditions alongside contestant's family members.[16] As a producer of The Voice, Daly has won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, first in 2013 and again from 2015, 2016, and 2017.[17][18] When social media correspondent Christina Millian departed the show, Daly became the sole host.[19]

Carson Daly appears in a brief but pivotal role in the first episode of My Name Is Earl. While in the hospital after being hit by a car, Earl learns about karma from watching an episode of Last Call with Carson Daly where Daly claims that his success is a direct result of doing good things for other people. Earl is thus inspired by Carson Daly to turn his own life around, and sets out to make up for his many past wrongs.[20] Carson Daly also had a small role on Dave Chappelle's show Chappelle's Show.

In September 2013, Daly became the orange room anchor (social media reporter) on the Today show and also serves as a fill-in anchor for Willie Geist and the show's weekend edition (Weekend Today).

Daly is a founding partner with Jonathan Rifkind, Jonathan B. Davis and Bam Margera of an independent record label,[21] 456 Enterprise & Entertainment, which released the "Viva La Bands" compilations.

Personal life

In March 2000, Tara Reid met Daly on the set of Total Request Live, and they began dating.[22] They shared an apartment in New York City and Daly proposed on October 29.[22] In June 2001, Reid and Daly broke off their engagement.[23]

Daly became engaged to Siri Pinter, a food blogger,[24] in 2013.[25] Her father is actor Mark Pinter. The couple married on December 23, 2015, in a small ceremony.[25] They have three children: a son, Jackson James Daly, born March 2009,[26] and daughters Etta Jones Daly, born in September 2012,[24] and London Rose Daly, born on August 20, 2014.[27]

Daly is Catholic.[28]

Daly has opened up about his struggle with generalized anxiety disorder.[29]

Radio shows

  • Most Requested, syndicated daily show (2001-2006)
  • Mornings with Carson Daly, KAMP-FM, Los Angeles (20102017)
  • The Daly Download with Carson Daly, syndicated (2013 )
  • Most Requested Live with Romeo, syndicated (2017 )


Television Year Title Role Notes 19982002 TRL VJ (Video Jockey) 1999 Miss Teen USA Host 2000 Daria Presents "Is It Fall Yet?" David (Quinn's Tutor) 2000 Miss USA Host 2001 Josie and the Pussycats Himself 2001 Joe Dirt Himself 20022019 Last Call with Carson Daly Host 2002 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Himself 20032016, 2018- Present New Year's Eve with Carson Daly Host 2005 My Name is Earl Himself 2011present The Voice Host 2013present Today Orange Room Anchor


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