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Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock Shared the Stage

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

At the Comedy Cellar, the two comedians riffed for about an hour and floated around the idea of a tour.

Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock Shared the Stage

Last night at Comedy Cellar in New York City, Dave Chappelle dropped in to work on some new material. As if that wasn't treat enough for the crowd that was out late on a Tuesday night, who should join him on stage at the end of his set but Chris Rock.

That's right. Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock on the same stage at the same time performing comedy together.

Via The Comic's Comic:

[...] This was not a dream. This was not a drill. This was real. Rock and Chappelle, onstage together. Riffing off of each other. It was the first episode of a podcast you may never hear. Or the first stop on a fantasy stand-up comedy tour -- a tour that very well might happen sometime later in 2013, if the two comedians could put their business heads and their schedules together. Which they actually began to do onstage right in front of the unsuspecting audience last night at the Cellar [...]

For the next hour, the two comedic icons just riffed. On the Oscars and Seth MacFarlane's performance as host. On Kevin Hart showing up at the Cellar the other night, and his two sold-out concerts last fall at Madison Square Garden. On Prince, who's supposed to be in the city this coming weekend. On Jay-Z and President Barack Obama, and the sights and sounds of a $20,000-per-plate Obama fund-raiser last year at Jay-Z's 40/40 Club. On passing on the chance to open for Jay-Z during his sold-out concert run at Barclays Arena in Brooklyn. "I had no material!" Rock demurred. "Neither do I!" Chappelle countered. They joked about eating fast food. And on the prospect of calling up another famous friend for a late-late-night outing to eat spaghetti. Just because it'd be funny to Chappelle to have strangers see a group of famous men (married with children), out late together doing something completely normal and boring. Chappelle convinced Rock to text Jay-Z at around 1:30 a.m. After a lack of a reply, they called Arsenio Hall and left a voice-mail message; then later the same for Lenny Kravitz.

"This could be the show," Chappelle said. "Fireside chats with Chris Rock."

"I'm in," Rock replied.

I can't even imagine how unbelievable a stand up tour featuring one of these comedians would be let alone both on the same tour. Dave Chappelle's Killin' Them Softly is still one of my favorite hours of stand up ever. It never ceases to crack me up. I know the two were probably talking in jest, but imagine just how successful a dual tour between these two could be? The demand is certainly there, and even if they went for the unconventional route and just riffed together like they did last night, fans would be in for a unique treat.

He's kept out of the public spotlight for a while since leaving Chappelle's Show, and hopefully he is finally ready to get back out there performing again. The world could always use more Chappelle, and if a little Rock is thrown in for good measure, we're all the better for it. Even if this doesn't materialize, we can dream, can't we?

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