If I Could Interview Anyone...
This is an interview James Lipton did with Dave Chapelle about his life, rise to stardom, and the reason he walked away from it all. This is a really popular interview, and my favorite of all the interviews I've ever studied. I was once asked, "If there was anyone in the world you could sit down and interview, who would it be?" And my answer was Dave Chapelle. [Catch the full interview below]
Dave Chapelle is thoughtful, reflective, and down to earth with his audience.
Some Highlights from the interview:
> Dave walked away from a $50 million contract because Dave Chapelle felt the price of fame was more than he was willing to pay
> Dave Chapelle’s parents are educated
> His Mom has her Masters and PHD and
> His father was a professor at Antioch College
> Dave says he was not a good student
> Dave has a brother and a sister
> Dave Chapelle knew he wanted to be a comedian after reading a Times magazine article about Bill Cosby
> Dave Chapelle was boo’ed off stage for the first time while doing stand up at the Apollo, but ironiclly he describes that moment as being a very “liberating experience” because it was the moment he became fearless
> Eddie Murphy encouraged Dave Chapelle to start writing
> Favorite lesson from interview, 34:39 mins in: “the worst thing to call somebody is ‘crazy’, [because] it's dismissive. [To say] I don’t understand this person [so] ‘they’re crazy’, thats bull****! ...Maybe their environment is a little sick”
Dave Chapelle's full interview.