Chappelle grabs spotlight

When it comes to his new comedy series, “Chappelle’s Show”, Dave Chappelle said that he is not worried about ratings.

Chappelle’s half-hour show, which premiered Jan. 22 at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central, had an estimated 2.5 million viewers. “Chappelle’s Show” reigns as the highest rated series for Comedy Central since 2001’s “That’s My Bush!” Despite its’ success, Chappelle feels no pressure.

“We just do what we want to do on the show,” Chappelle said. “I don’t want to worry about ratings. I believe that if people know that we’re not worried about ratings, they’ll keep watching.”

Chappelle, 28, has been a familiar face on the comedy scene for almost 10 years. Most recently, he portrayed Conspiracy Brother alongside Eddie Griffin in “Undercover Brother”. In 1999, he starred in “Blue Streak” alongside Martin Lawrence. Chappelle’s first starring role was in “Half Baked”.

After being the side-kick in several movies, Chappelle is taking his turn in the spotlight by having his own show.

“In some ways it’s like validation,” Chappelle said. “But you have to realize we’re dealing with television. You might gain recognition, and you might lose it. I just want there to be a place where all my fans can meet every week.”

Each show will also have a musical guest. Among those scheduled to appear are Busta Rhymes, The Roots, Talib Kweli, GZA and Mos Def amongst others.

“Some of the artists coming on the show are good friends of mine,” Chappelle said. “However, first of all I am a fan of all the artists that will perform on the show.”

True to his comedic nature, Chappelle had plenty to say about many different topics.

“I mention breasts a lot in my comedy,” he said. “Breasts are a part of our everyday life. Women have breasts, men like breasts, so I talk about them.”

Chappelle also said that maintaining a good show is about having fun, and not taking the job too seriously.

“I’m not trying to break down any barriers with this show,” Chappelle said. “The show is all about the jokes. I just want my fans to have a good time.”

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