Date of Award
Bachelor of Science
American Studies and Economics
Coming off of the second season of his hit comedy show, Dave Chappelle was being hailed by media sources around the country as “the funniest man on television.” The Chappelle Show had found a way to revolutionize sketch comedy through creative yet taboo racial sketches. The show’s wild success was closely tied to the memorable characters, ridiculous stories and the quotable lines that were produced week after week. The Chappelle Show invented many characters that became fan favorites, such as the crack addict Tyrone Biggums, Clayton Bigsby, the blind black man who was a white supremacist, and his memorable quotes such as, “I’m Rick James, Bitch!” In these sketches Chappelle captured both the absurdities and difficulties of navigating race and racism in our so-called post-racial America.
 Kevin Powell and 2006, “Heaven Hell Dave Chappelle,” Esquire, April 30, 2006, http://www.esquire.com/features/movies/ESQ0506CHAPPELLE_92.
 “Chappelle’s Show - Season 2 Episode 4,” 4.
Fishman, Andrew J. 5373761, "What are you Laughing At? The Comedy and Social Commentary of Dave Chappelle". Senior Theses, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 2016.
Trinity College Digital Repository, https://digitalrepository.trincoll.edu/theses/574
Senior thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, for the degree of Bachelor of Science in American Studies and Economics.