ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Teashade Reviews Vol. 3 ~ Chappelle's Show (Season 3 ~ The Lost Episodes)

Updated on June 22, 2017
Donnell Rawlings and Charlie Murphy impersonating the musicians from the opening credits of Seasons 1 & 2. Image copyright of Comedy Partners.
Donnell Rawlings and Charlie Murphy impersonating the musicians from the opening credits of Seasons 1 & 2. Image copyright of Comedy Partners.

Preface

After a two-year hiatus, Chappelle's Show returned in 2006 with a brief and limited three-episode run. There were many questions raised in regards to the shortened season - and, amidst wild rumours, season three saw Donnell Rawlings and Charlie Murphy take over as the respective hosts of the series.

Dave Chappelle's absence from the show had been circulating in the rumour mill for a while before the third season aired. With the new hosts came a confirmation that at least some of the rumours were true - that Dave Chappelle had indeed left his own show.

However, regardless of the reasons behind it, season three of Chappelle's Show is still a season of content. Shortened significantly, yes, but still released commercially - and therefore eligible to be analyzed by my Teashade lens.

With Dave Chappelle's absence, how does season three stack up?

Donnell Rawlings and Charlie Murphy host the third season of Chappelle's Show. Image copyright of Comedy Partners.
Donnell Rawlings and Charlie Murphy host the third season of Chappelle's Show. Image copyright of Comedy Partners.

An Unexpected Change

Chappelle's Show's third season begins with Donnell Rawlings welcoming Dave Chappelle to the stage - albeit unsuccessfully. After a few moments, Donnell Rawlings and Charlie Murphy ascend onto the stage and inform the audience of the unfortunate news - Dave Chappelle has left the show.

However, despite this, there are a myriad of sketches that both Dave Chappelle and his fellow co-writer Neal Brennan have made - and so, the new hosts more or less inform the audience that they'll be exploring these sketches with them over the next few episodes.

Right from the get-go, it's evident that Donnell Rawlings and Charlie Murphy are quite anxious about their new roles - an understandable reaction to the large shoes they're filling. It's also hinted at during the three episode run that the two hosts have a bit of friction between them - most likely due to creative differences and pre-existing stress. This is more evident in the DVD extra 'The Fabulous Making of Chappelle's Show Season 3ish' for those of you with access to the DVD collection.

Despite these issues, Donnell Rawlings and Charlie Murphy do a great job at entertaining the audience and keeping the feel of the show intact. I have to commend them for making the best of an unfortunate series of circumstances.

Dave Chappelle at the barber shop during the 'Old Price' sketch. Image copyright of Comedy Partners.
Dave Chappelle at the barber shop during the 'Old Price' sketch. Image copyright of Comedy Partners.

Old vs New

The third season of Chappelle's Show comes equipped with several new and entertaining sketches in a similar fashion to its two precursors. Despite the change of host, most of the sketches do contain Dave Chappelle in some form - having been pre-recorded before his departure from the show.

Episode one introduces Donnell Rawlings and Charlie Murphy as the new hosts - with several sketches that poke fun at the current situation. These sketches include a quick ten-second skit where Donnell and Charlie ask co-writer Neal Brennan where Dave is and the 'Old Price' sketch - where Dave Chappelle's financial negotiations with Comedy Central are revealed to the public. The 'Old Price' sketch in particular pokes fun at how people change their attitude when they know someone is doing well off compared to them.

Two more new sketches were introduced in the episode. The first sketch was the 'Revenge' skit - a comedic sketch in which Dave Chappelle gets revenge against the people who wronged him or didn't believe in him in the past when he was still an unknown. The second sketch was a Tupac parody - in which Dave Chappelle is at the club dancing and the new 2pac record plays. As the song plays, the lyrics get progressively more accurate to current events - going so far as to even predicting a woman's clothing with a brown stain on her back and Dave Chappelle being present at the club and dancing with another woman instead of his wife. The sketch itself is meant to parody Tupac Shakur's financial success after his death - and also poke fun at the rumours that he's still alive and in hiding somewhere.

The only traditional styled sketch in episode one (and season three overall) is Chuck Taylor's return in the News3 sketch - who covers news about recurring character Tron getting attacked and injured by Method Man, one of the members of Wu Tang Clan. It was a welcome return for veteran fans of the first two seasons.

Dave Chappelle impersonating Gary Coleman working as a security guard. Image copyright of Comedy Partners.
Dave Chappelle impersonating Gary Coleman working as a security guard. Image copyright of Comedy Partners.

Celebrities & Stereotypes

Episode two focuses on several celebrities that have been in the news. Dave Chappelle first impersonates Democrat politician Howard Dean with his 'Byahh!' catchphrase. What originally started as a once-off expression of excitement is taken by Chappelle and made into a recurring joke over the course of the episode.

The second celebrity Chappelle impersonates is Gary Coleman - a famous actor from television show Diff'rent Strokes. This particular sketch pokes fun at an old incident from 1998 - in which Coleman was charged with assault whilst working as a security guard. Chappelle's sketch re-imagines the events in a humourous manner without painting Coleman in a negative light.

Dave Chappelle also has a few celebrity guest appearances in this episode - with Alf, Charles Barkley and Marla Gibbs appearing in fantasy scenes during Chappelle's 'TV Sex' sketch.

The most controversial sketch of the episode (and of the season) comes in the form of the 'Racial Pixie' skit - a segment that even Dave Chappelle was hesitant to show due to fear of backlash. In the segment, Dave Chappelle dresses up as a black, Hispanic, Asian and white pixie in five different scenarios in which racial stereotypes are addressed and made fun of. The black pixie, for example, tries to encourage Dave Chappelle to order the fried chicken as part of his lunch on board a flight. Whilst the segment wasn't too offensive (at least when compared to some old sketches such as Clayton Bigsby and the Niggar Family from earlier seasons), Donnell Rawlings and Charlie Murphy invited live audience members to voice their opinions on the sketches. Whilst some people did bring up some valid concerns, the majority of folks understood and appreciated the purpose of the sketch and weren't offended by the pixies.

Dave Chappelle meets the Show Business entity in Hollywood during the final sketch of the season. Image copyright of Comedy Partners.
Dave Chappelle meets the Show Business entity in Hollywood during the final sketch of the season. Image copyright of Comedy Partners.

Bowing Out

The third and final episode of Chappelle's Show's third season starts off with a segmented skit known as 'The Monsters'. The sketch sees Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings and Charlie Murphy as flatmates living in the same home. The skit itself addresses the issue of identifying and separating legitimate prejudice in society against egotistical victimisation. This is best defined in each of the character's scenarios - with Charlie Murphy's Frankenstein and his anger issues in the workplace, Donnell Rawling's Mummy and inability to arrive to his parole meetings on time and Dave Chappelle's Wolfman's refusal to wear pants in public settings.

Continuing on with the theme of addressing issues, the next sketch pokes fun at news reporters and journalism in general - specifically with their use of words such as 'minorities' when talking about different ethnic groups. The skit, known as the 'Say What You Mean' sketch, censors the political correctness and instead inserts the words everyone knows they're really thinking of saying in the reports. This extends to using repeated utterances of the n-word and f-word to somewhat humourous effect.

The last sketch of the episode is another segmented skit - as Dave Chappelle meets with the Show Business entity in Hollywood. Despite Chappelle's attempt at wanting to stay true to his goals and morals, the entity instead pitches several ideas of commercialising Chappelle's success. These take form in several mini-skits - including making Chappelle his own cereal brand, using the Lil' Jon character in a romantic comedy with Susan Sarandon and doing an episode of MTV Cribs at Chappelle's mansion.

Despite all three of these mini-skits being quite funny, Dave Chappelle turns down all three proposals and leaves Hollywood at the end of the sketch - ironically relevant to his departure from the show. More than anything, this sketch in particular rings true to Chappelle's ideology - and perhaps resonates the most with the unfortunate fate of the show.

After the sketch, Donnell Rawlings and Charlie Murphy thank the audience for their time and bow out gracefully - as the curtains close on the third and final season of Chappelle's Show.

Donnell Rawlings & Charlie Murphy close out the final episode of Chappelle's Show. Image copyright of Comedy Partners.
Donnell Rawlings & Charlie Murphy close out the final episode of Chappelle's Show. Image copyright of Comedy Partners.

Conclusion

Overall, the third season of Chappelle's Show ends on a relatively good note. Despite the very short season, the quality of sketches for the show are still on par with the previous two seasons. It's just an unfortunate shame that there was not enough content to extend the season to a decent length - even six to ten episodes would have been enough to warrant a full season.

Donnell Rawlings and Charlie Murphy did a great job hosting the show - and whilst they lacked Chappelle's charm on stage, they made the most of their situation and were adequate and commendable hosts.

Whilst the sketches were good, there was sadly a significant lack of references from the past seasons in this one. There were a few cameos from previous characters but only one proper skit designated to them which was disappointing.

Ultimately, I've decided to award the third season of Chappelle's Show a 7 out of 10. Whilst the humour was on par with previous seasons, the lack of references and cameos from past characters coupled with the change in host and extremely limited syndication hurts the season overall.

It's a true shame that internal dramas affected the production of the third season as it had so much potential live up to and perhaps even surpass the previous seasons. But, as they say, life goes on. Chappelle's Show will always have a special place in the hearts of its audience - and will always be remembered fondly for its contributions to the comedy industry.

3 stars for Chappelle's Show ~ Season 3 (7 / 10)

© 2017 Teashade Benu

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Teashade Benu profile image
      Author

      Teashade Benu 11 months ago from Australia

      I agree Angel...it was quite disappointing that Dave was only present in the sketches and that the season was so brief. I spent a fair bit of time evaluating my final grade as there was a part of me that wanted to be lenient on it.

      However, my job is to try and be impartial and instead grade things based on what they bring to the table. I feel that a 7 / 10 is a fair and balanced score.

      If only they came back for a proper third season sometime...

    • Angel Guzman profile image

      Angel Guzman 11 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

      It was odd Dave not being there and it being so brief but I enjoyed it.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)