The 10 Funniest Skits in the Much-Too-Brief History of Chappelle’s Show

In the Midwest, we argue about a lot of things when it comes to sports.

White Sox-Cubs. Cubs-Cardinals. Indiana-Purdue. Ohio State-Michigan. Notre Dame-everyone else. I could go on and on and on.

While most of it is good natured, there are strict battle lines drawn and most Midwestern sports fans staunchly support their teams and viewpoints, with little bend and rarely any break; but despite this polarization of opinion when it comes to sports, there are some things that are universally agreed upon.

Today, I decided to step outside of the sports world to celebrate something that, in my experience, is beloved and appreciated by all Midwesterners – at least the ones that I know.

That something is Chappelle’s Show, hosted by the great Dave Chappelle.

dave-chappelleAnd seeing as how Chappelle now proudly makes his home in Ohio, well, he’s one of us.

The idea for this post actually struck me this weekend when I was showing my brother some of my favorite Chappelle’s Show skits online. I realized that there were only two seasons of this magnificently funny show, but damn did Dave pack a lot of brilliant humor into those two seasons.

It’s unfortunate that production and personal issues frustrated Dave enough that he left during Season 3, but from all accounts he seems happier no longer doing the show; if that’s the case, then good for him. We’ll always have his stand-up, plus the greatest two-season archive in comedy history to to enjoy in perpetuity.

So let’s do just that.

Here is my personal Top 10 list of Chappelle’s Show skits. I’m sure mine will probably differ from yours, so feel free to go here and find what you feel I’ve missed and drop a link in the comment section.

1. Racial Draft

This is the first Chappelle’s Show skit I ever saw, and needless to say I was hooked. Absolutely brilliant.

2. Frontline – Clayton Bigsby Parts I & II

Many, many people have lauded Chappelle for being able to provide astute social commentary through the biting honesty of his comedy. I won’t belabor those points here, but I obviously agree. These two skits are the most impressive examples.

3 – Better in Slow Motion

I don’t know why exactly, but I laugh my ass off at the end of this skit every time.

4- True Hollywood Stories – Rick James Parts I & II

This is perhaps the most famous and oft-quoted skit from Chappelle’s Show. Watch it, bitch.

5 – Trading Spouses

Few aspects of Chappelle’s Show make me laugh as mucha as when Dave Chappelle impersonates a white guy. The brilliance of this skit is a) the idea, and then b) how brilliantly it is executed. Sure, it takes stereotypes to the extreme, but do you really think it would be all that different if they did this in real life?

6 – Tyrone Biggums Fear Factor

All of the Tyrone Biggums skits are funny, but I liked this one of the best because I thought it was the most clever.

7 – Reparations 2003

Another skit with Dave impersonating a white guy. Money.

8 – Samuel L. Jackson Beer

It’s get you drunk! Pay special attention at the end when Dave (as Sam Jackson) dives mouth first into the bowl of peanuts and takes a huge mouthful. I don’t know why, but this gets me every time.

9 – The Wayne Brady Show

I think this skit is somewhat overrated because it drags a bit, but the idea is brilliant and both Brady and Chappelle are hilarious.

10 – R. Kelly “Piss on You” Music Video and Remix

Nothing really to say about this one. R. Kelly’s career hasn’t been the same since the trial and this video.

Honorable Mention:

The Playa Hater’s Ball

Black Bush

Update: How could I forget this one!? Probably because I didn’t find it while scrolling through the Comedy Central video archive of Chappelle’s Show, but I might have just missed it. Either way, this one is a classic:

I wrote this song a long TIIIIME ago!

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  1. what about the prince/charlie murphy basketball skit? thats one of the funniest skits I've ever seen.

    • That's another great one. Like I said, there are so many it was definitely hard to narrow it down. I'm sure people will think I missed a lot of good videos, which is great! Hopefully everyone will post links and embed other vids in the comments.

    • Have some pancakes Charlie Murphy!

  2. guest111 says:

    the Mad Real World NEEDS to be up here!!

  3. KLockheed says:

    Niggar Family!?

  4. Wu Tang Financial?

  5. You need to diversify yo' selection, nigga… and your bonds.

  6. Susan Garlington says:

    My faves are definitely Clayton Bigsby, Black White Supremacist, The Racial Draft but you totally missed the mark by not including the World Series of Dice. This show was brilliant. I'd also include when Keeping it Real goes wrong as an honorable mention.

  7. Great post, great show,, all great episodes. Just one thing love it that your giving the midwest much needed props, but dave chapelle does not live in ohio nor in the united states. he openly talks trash about america

    • He lives in both ohio..and america.. yellowsprings ohio. I see him there almost every time I visit. And what's wrong with talking trash about america?…it's full of it. HA

  8. the link was from 3 years ago, he resides in south africa

  9. So glad you included the New Tupac Song one. That's my absolute favorite.

  10. Where's the one where he's acting out Grand Theft Auto? That's my personal fave.

  11. I miss Chapelle, great topic Jerod My favorite or one of them was NegroDamas

  12. OMG Has to be Knee High Park that whole skit is WTF????

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