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Dave Chappelle is enjoying the controversy surrounding his latest Netflix special The Closer.

The comedian took the stage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Thursday night for a screening of his documentary and addressed multiple petitions for his show to be pulled from Netflix.

"If this is what being canceled is about, I love it," he joked. "I don't know what to tell you, except I'm a bad motherf**ker.

"This is the kindness conspiracy," he said, before insisting Americans "have to trust one another."

Chappelle also reportedly said "F*ck Twitter," prompting applause from the crowd.

The funnyman, continued his personal war on transgender men and women throughout The Closer.

Chappelle, 48, clarified that he's not saying "trans women" aren't women. "I'm just saying that [the genitalia] that they got..." is "not quite what it is - is it?"
 

 
Chappelle has upset officials at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) once again with his remarks.

Amongst various comments, he sides with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who became a target of activists last year after offering up her controversial views on transgender women.

Despite the backlash, Chappelle's new special has raced to the top five on Netflix's list of the most popular films and series on the platform in the U.S.

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Chris Rock (with his pal Dave Chappelle) made a surprise appearance at a New York jazz club to joke about his battle with COVID (watch video below).

Chris announced he had a breakthrough case of the virus last month.

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Chris stepped out in public for the first time with his daughter on Oct. 2.

Then on Tuesday, he showed up and turned a Robert Glasper residency at the Blue Note Jazz Club into an impromptu comedy set with Chappelle.

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"Yes! I'm back from the dead! I had COVID. I had motherf**king COVID. Goddamnit," said Chris. "It wasn't quite as hard as being black, but it was close... That's why everyone's trying to avoid it man."

According to one attendee, even Glasper had no idea the two comedians would be there.

"They just showed up unannounced, and introduced [Glasper]," the insider told Page Six.

The star-studded crowd included actors Jeffrey Wright, Hill Harper and rapper Talib Kweli.

After the show, Rock and Chappelle met up with Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, and Saturday Night Live star Michael Che, to celebrate Kweli's birthday, as well as Dave's new Netflix special, according to Page Six.
 

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Lil Duval sent a clear message to aspiring female entrepreneurs and side hustlers who flaunt their wealth and material gains on Instagram.

There are an abundance of independently wealthy women on Instagram whose motto is: "Don't depend on a rich man. Become a rich woman."

Women have been doing it for themselves for decades. But social media - particularly Instagram - ushered in a new era of women who show off their wealth to an audience of millions.

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Lil Duval has a message for women who chase dollars instead of men.
 

 
On Tuesday, the comedian-turned-rapper tweeted:

"Women been doing a lot of flexing lately which is cool but I don't think most of them fully understand what comes with that. You an easier target to rob."


 


 
The Internet was intrigued by Duval's post. Many agreed with his message that women are putting themselves at risk by flossing on social media.
 

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Actor and comedian Anthony Johnson died after he was found lifeless in a store and rushed to a hospital earlier this month. He was 55.

His death was confirmed by his nephew, who told TMZ Johnson was pronounced dead at the hospital earlier this month. No cause of death was disclosed.

Anthony is best known for his comedic roles in Friday (1995), Menace II Society (1993) and The Players Club (1998).

Johnson's career took off in 1990 after he landed the role of E.Z.E. in House Party and he went on to do stand-up comedy in Los Angeles clubs.

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He also appeared in the films Lethal Weapon 3 and in nearly 50 films and TV shows, including Moesha, Martin, Malcolm & Eddie, and I Got the Hook Up and its sequel. It's also rumored Johnson was cast to reprise his role in the upcoming Last Friday.

Fans and colleagues paid tribute to Johnson on Twitter.com.

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Actor, comedian and writer Paul Mooney died of a heart attack in his Oakland, California home. He was 79.

Mooney's death was first announced by former CNN contributor Ronald Martin on Twitter Wednesday morning.

Martin wrote that the star's cousin Rudy Ealy "just called me from Paul's phone and said he passed away two hours ago after suffering a heart attack at his home in Oakland," California.

Ealy told Martin paramedics worked "valiantly" to save Mooney who suffered from dementia for years. Ealy had been living with the star to care for him.

Mooney's publicist also confirmed his death to Insider, while his rep told The Hollywood Reporter that his death occurred at 5:30 a.m. local time.

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The Louisiana native infused racism and social justice into his standup comedy acts throughout his career. In addition to writing his own jokes, Mooney wrote much of comedian Richard Pryor's standup comedy material.

Mooney was also a staff writer for shows like Sanford and Son, Good Times, Saturday Night Live, The Richard Pryor Show, In Living Color and Chappelle's Show.

He acted on several television series, including Chappelle's Show, The Larry Sanders Show, Good Times, and The Richard Pryor Show, as well as in films like The Buddy Holly Story (1978), portraying Sam Cooke, and Bamboozled (2000).

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Mooney was a closeted bisexual who was accused of molesting Pryor's son, Richard Pryor Jr.

Pryor's ex-bodyguard, Rashon Khan, alleged that Mooney had molested Pryor's son when Pryor Jr. was a child. Khan also alleged that Pryor contemplated hiring a hitman to have Mooney killed.

Pryor Sr.'s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor, confirmed the story.

Mooney is survived by his four children, Shane, Dwayne, Daryl, and Spring. A son, Symeon Mooney, was killed in 2001.

Mooney reportedly began dating singer Chaka Khan in 2018.

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Gary Owen is back on the market after 18 years of marriage. The 46-year-old comedian/actor and his estranged wife Kenya Duke split earlier this year.

Kenya recently filed for a divorce, TMZ reported. They tied the knot in 2003 and share three grown children, sons Emilio and Austin, and a daughter, Kennedy.

Owen's big break as a standup comedian came in 1997 when he appeared on Black Entertainment Television's Comic View. Owen was the only white man to ever host Comic View.

He often used his interracial marriage to fend off accusations that he was a culture vulture.

In April 2011, Ebony magazine dubbed Owen "Black America's Favorite White Comic".

He went on to star in such feature films as Daddy Day Care, Little Man, and College. He later transitioned to urban comedy films such as Think Like A Man (2012), Think Like a Man Too (2014) and Ride Along (2014) in which he is always cast as the apologetic white guy with an honorary Black card.

He also had a recurring role on Tyler Perry's TBS show House of Payne as Zack and he starred in Meet the Blacks as Larry.

In 2016, he hosted his own show on BET called The Gary Owen Show.
 


 

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Eddie Murphy wanted "Coming to America" to be an afrocentric extravaganza showcasing the wide range of talent in Black Hollywood. But the movie studio had different ideas.

Comedian Louie Anderson appeared in 1988's Coming to America as Maurice, a fast food employee who took pride in his work at McDowell's restaurant, owned by Cleo McDowell (John Amos).

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote the sequel, Coming 2 America, Murphy and Arsenio Hall explained that Anderson wasn't originally cast in Coming to America.

"I love Louie, but I think we were forced to put Louie in it," said Hall, 65. "We were forced to put in a white person."

Murphy, 59, added: "[The studio was] like, 'There has to be a white person in the movie.' I was like, 'What?' So who was the funniest white guy around? We knew Louie was cool, so that's how Louie got in the movie."

"It was official," Hall continued. "I had a list. They gave me a list with three white guys. They said, 'Who would you rather work with?' I said Louie."

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Also cast in the original was white comedian Jake Steinfeld who made a cameo appearance as a wise cracking cab driver.

Other cameos included Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy, who reprised their roles as Mortimer and Randolph Duke from the 1983 comedy film "Trading Places," starring Murphy.
 

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Rapper Boosie Badazz may never walk again, but he was all smiles when Memphis comedian Grovehero stopped by for a visit and compared their disabilities.

Grovehero, whose slogan is “Excuse me sir", stopped by the rapper's mansion to lift his spirits while he recuperates from surgery after being shot in a drive-by in Dallas last month.

Boosie is wheelchair-bound after undergoing three surgeries to stabilize the bone in his right leg.

Grovehero filmed his visit with Boosie, who is seen reclining on a stained mattress with no sheets. He is on a phone call when Grovehero entered his bedroom. Boosie managed to smile though he appeared to be humiliated.

"Chronicles of boosie," the comedian wrote. "I'm the only nigga that can go in the room and cook his ass like this."

Question: Do you think Boosie will ever walk again?

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A loyal reader recommended brawny actor, comedian and rapper Page Kennedy for today's Morning Wood.

I'm sure you ladies agree that Mr. Kennedy is one fine chocolate bar! No need to close the comments in this post!

Page, 43, is best known for portraying Radon Randell in the Spike sports comedy series, Blue Mountain State, and U-Turn in the Showtime series, Weeds.

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Born in Detroit, Page moved to Los Angeles where he lived an upper middle class lifestyle with his single mom at age 6.

Page moved back to Detroit to reunite with his dad, a doctor who passed away 10 years later.

He moved back to Los Angeles and signed up with a talent agent who got him numerous bit parts on primetime TV series.

His star turn came when he played a fugitive held captive in his mother's basement on Desperate Housewives. But in 2005 he was fired for an undisclosed reason.

Page is a single dad to 4 children and 1 grandchild. He's a YouTube comedian who coined the phrase "That's So Drake", in reference to flamboyant male entertainers like the Canadian rapper.

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Weight: 170 lbs
Shoe size: 12
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Ari Shaffir's comedy career is circling the drain amid fierce public backlash to his comments about NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

Shaffir's talent agent dropped him, and a NY comedy club cancelled an upcoming show after the comedian made light of Kobe's death.

When the news broke that the former Lakers star died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, Shaffir joked that Kobe died "23 years too late."

Shaffir said Kobe should have died 23 years earlier, a crude reference to the NBA star's scandalous rape case in Colorado in 2003.

After the initial backlash, that included death threats, Shaffir claimed his Twitter account was hacked. When that excuse didn't work, he said he was only joking.

"Every time a beloved celerity dies I post some horrible shit about them. I've been doing it for years now,” he wrote. "I like destroying gods. And right when a famous person dies they're at their most worshipped. So as a response to all the outpouring of sympathy on social media, I post something vile. It's just a joke. I don't really hate any of the people."

He explained that he wasn't aware Kobe's daughter, Gianna, 13, was also on the helicopter when it crashed into a hillside in dense fog. Shaffir said he was just "looking to post some inappropriate jokes” to boost his follow count.

Explaining that he hated the Lakers because they would always "torch" his beloved Charlotte Hornets, Shaffir said he realized his post was inappropriate and he apologized.

"I'm not actually celebrating his death. I'm not actually celebrating any of their deaths. That's just an act."