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Dave Chappelle Reveals Whether He Regrets Leaving Chappelle’s Show

“I found an altitude I was comfortable with. I found a way to do what I like to do and avoid some of the parts of it that I was uncomfortable with. If you look at me physically, I’m like 40 pounds heavier than I was when I did Chappelle’s Show. People are like ‘How did you gain all that weight?’ By resting, and eating and paying attention to myself. I have actual relationships with my kids. I’ve been all over the country touring all my life, but I never saw anything. Now I’ve seen everything. I could talk to people. I had time to stop if someone said they like me. It wasn’t like I brushed past them like ‘I don’t want to hear it,’ I had time to stop like ‘You do?’ It was just like the way that I engaged with the world was different.”

2016 was the blackest year in television On fear and courage:
“It’s OK to be afraid, because you can’t be brave or courageous without fear. The idea of being courageous is that even though you’re scared you just do the right thing anyway. So in 2004, I walked away from $50 million, and in November, I made a deal for $60 million.”

On his Comedy Central successors Key & Peele:
“I’m a fan of their show. When I did Chappelle’s Show, there were certain conventions of the show that the network resisted. And I fought the network very hard so that those conventions could come to fruition. … When I watch Key & Peele, and I see that they’re doing the format that I created, and at the end of the show it says ‘created by Key & Peele,’ that hurts my feelings.”

On if there’s a line he won’t cross with his jokes:
“Comedy’s weird. The line moves. It changes. But I think especially in comedy, a lot of it has to do with intent. [My intent is] to make people laugh. To reconcile paradox. Sometimes just openly vent. I think that when you get to a certain altitude there’s more scrutiny over the things you say, because the platform is so powerful.”

On raccoons:
“They’re a little too bold. They got those hands.”

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