"Chappelle's Show" takes comedian Dave Chappelle's own personal joke book and brings it to life, with episodes consisting of sketches, man-on-the-street pieces, and pop culture parodies introduced by Dave in a stand-up format in front of a studio audience. Chappelle's unique point-of-view on the world provides a hilarious, defiant and sometimes dangerous look at American culture, including music, movies, television, advertising, current events, and everyday life situations.
The show opens with introducing Chappelle with the instrumental from the song "Hip-Hop" then he will perform a short stand up in front of live audience which presents the upcoming sketch. The spotlight then shifts to the prerecorded sketch that appears on the screen.
The series premiered on January 22, 2003 on Comedy Central. The show's executive producers were Chapelle, Neal Brennan and Michele Armour and ran for two complete seasons and the curtailed thrid season ''Lost Episodes''.
After great delays, production of the third season was precipitously ended when Chapelle left the show. Compilation of three episodes from the completed work and were aired July 2006. Re-runs of the show air on Comedy Central and various network all over the world. TV Guide ranked Chapelle Show #31 on their list of ''TV's Top 100 Shows''.