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Thursday, July 13, 2006

your greed did this to me Dave.

...the elements that give this coming Sunday's [Chappelle's Show] bitterly funny episode its punch all derive from its delirious lost-in-the-funhouse quality. Pardon my French, but this is a high-postmodern masterpiece that finds the comedian at the top of his game. Like Philip Roth's Zuckerman Unbound and The Anatomy Lesson—the famous novelist's famous novels about the creative and emotional problems of a famous novelist—it's self-reflective and self-rueful. Like Don DeLillo's White Noise—and like the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Mo Money Mo Problems," for that matter—it makes playful entertainment out of paranoia. Like Spike Lee's Girl 6 and the sorely underrated Bamboozled—it makes savage jokes about race and showbiz in America, humor that exists in the daring sweet spot where good conscience overlaps with bad taste and vice versa.


i just think it was funny.

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