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In 2005, Dave Chappelle left show business at the height of his fame, giving up a small fortune and the hottest new television show in many years. In so doing, he transformed from being one of the greatest comics of his generation into one of the most enigmatic ever. In Searching for Dave Chappelle, Jason Zinoman, the first comedy critic in the history of The New York Times, sorts through the myriad theories and examines what happened to this singular artist. Through extensive reporting, this audiobook tells a compelling narrative that takes listeners behind the scenes of Comedy Central, the New York comedy scene and network television. This is not just a story about Dave Chappelle, but also about race, fame and the often blurry relationship between image and reality. Chappelle’s reputation has only grown over the years and he remains one of the most influential and admired comedians alive. Just as he tip-toes back into the spotlight with a high-profile national tour, this audiobook delivers the essential analysis of his life and work.

©2013 Jason Zinoman (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Would have been nice if he actually interviewed, the Legend, Dave

It’s a little outdated at this point in 2020 but still interesting. But I was surprised to find out (at the very end) that this doesn’t contain any real info straight from Dave but rather his research of talking to OTHER people. I think there’s value in talking to others but not at the expensive or NOT talking to the person that this book is about.

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Interesting listen

Would you consider the audio edition of Searching for Dave Chappelle to be better than the print version?

I am not sure, I wouldn't read the print version as I listen to audiobooks while I sew

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's not very long, so it was easy to listen to all in one sitting.

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I am a New Zealander who was living in the US around this time and I remember the news and speculation at the time, and it was really interesting to hear the background and get a better idea of what happened. I admire Dave for standing up for what he believed in, not many people would walk away from that kind of money for their principals.

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It was underwhelming

not really what I thought it would be it's was just accounts from other people and not Dave.. I could have saved my credit

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Do not waste your time

If you know anything about Chappelle this is an outdated third rate story read by a third rate VO actor. If you don’t know about Dave Chappelle don’t start here.

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Worth the 2 hours

Interesting perspective. Worth the 2 hour listen. Good presentation, would love to hear Dave Chappels thoughts on this!

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Excellent Listen!

A well crafted presentation! Provided great insight to great memories of Dave’s career. Could a part 2 be in the works charting his Netflix trials and triumphs?

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Excellent Book

The truth on how the new Dave Chappelle came to be. Excellent reported story as well as the analyzation of said story.

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This scrapes the surface of Dave's life, grade: B-

borrowing words from other reviewers, this is a decent magazine like article, not enough that Vanity Fair would publish it. I believe Jason, might have more patient with his attempts to engage Dave, maybe offered a percentage of the sales to an HBCU or another cause of Dave's choosing. To the author Jason's credit, he became the NY Times' first comedy critic in 2011, and still seems to be to this day. I trust he learned a ton since he wrote this.

Dave Chappelle left Comedy Central after two seasons, along with his $52 million contract in 2005. This piece attempts to fill in the gaps from Dave's early highschool years leading up to this time, as well as after. Jason has moments of shining, but speculates far from points being cited as evidence too often, perhaps in his rush to complete this project. Perhaps the publisher forced his hand, too.

As long as one goes into listening/reading this in mind, it's a decent capsule about Dave Chappelle. I cannot wait to read an autobiography, if Dave chooses to take one up. In the meantime, I bought tickets to hear him perform in New Orleans this coming Labor Day weekend. Dave is the best comedian in our living life time, maybe even the greatest :D

Dave is one of the greatest, intelligent thinkers of our time. I cannot wait to digest more from him, and apply some of it.

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Left me wanting more

Loved it! Thanks for sharing. But , it Left me wanting more! My Children and I love Dave!!!

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Insightful

The author presents a well-researched, insightful narrative on the racial, economic, and psychological complexities of Dave Chappelle. I learned much I didn't already know.

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  • James
  • 12-31-19

Propaganda

Anti white propaganda. Consistently mentioning white people in place of the largely Jewish controlled media companies which Dave so despises. Terrible audio book please do not bother. No wonder chappelle wanted nothing to do with it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-21-21

Great read

Good one… very well articulated and the reader knows how to bring it out .. recommended

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  • D S Sinclair
  • 04-04-19

Detailed and insightful

A comprehensive look at events which took place regarding Chappelle's career. It also has an unlying look at the mechanics and science behind his comedy and skills.
Not giving a specific answer to any questions, if you have enjoyed the work of Chappelle, this is a great short listen to get a deeper insight and understand what has taken place and the concepts of creative genius and control.

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  • michael
  • 06-02-15

Long live Chappelle!

Very interesting take on Dave Chappelle. Like most people, I watched his stand up shows and was too busy laughing to realise there is a dark side to the stories he tells. For instance the sketch about the blind racist (Clayton Bigsby) is based on racial abuse his father experienced on a bus (though he was oblivious to it).