Dave Chappelle: Career in pictures
Here's a look back at the Dave Chappelle's career in film, television and comedy.
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1996 | 'Buddies'( ABC / Business Wire )
Following an extremely popular 1995 guest appearance on "Home Improvement," real-life comedian friends Chappelle and Jim Breuer were given their own ABC sitcom, "Buddies," in which they were to play a pair of unlikely best friends (also named Dave and Jim) who work together in Detroit. However, Breuer, right, was replaced with Christopher Gartin, and the new Dave and "John" pairing didn't share the same chemistry as Dave and Jim. The show was canceled after only five of the 13 produced episodes aired.
"ABC's new 'Buddies' is not close to being comedy friendly, its interracial cloddishness teetering on the cutting edge of warmed-over Norman Lear," the Los Angeles Times wrote in a 1996 review of the show. "Dave is rarely funny. John is never funny, proving that, at least in this series, white men can't joke."