Neal Brennan Talks About His Fallout With Dave Chappelle

Check out what his relationship with the comedian is like now.

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There are two things you need to know about Neal Brennan: he’s one of the funniest writers alive, and he has a new stand-up special called Women and Black Dudes, which premieres on Saturday at 12 a.m. EST on Comedy Central. After years of success as the co-creator and writer of Chappelle’s Show, Brennan is coming to his first stand-up special armed with jokes about his views on women and race relations.

While doing the usual media rounds for his special, Brennan participated in a candid interview with Buzzfeed, where he actually spoke about his relationship with Dave Chappelle following the fallout of the show's abrupt end. Here is the quote:

NB: Yeah, but eventually, it’s like, it’s so in me. The irony of what happened between us, though, is everyone saw it as this racial thing, but it wasn’t. What happened was post-racial. I wasn’t arguing with your black hero, I was arguing with my fucking friend of 15 years. We were arguing about racial comedy, but ultimately, I was arguing with my pain-in-the-ass friend. The way you have a television relationship with him, I have an actual relationship with him. Oprah and Dave made it into this racial thing, and I didn’t see it that way. We were arguing about racial comedy, but we were arguing about a lot of shit. And there are some people who act like you can’t disagree with a black person. It’s like, “No, I do fucking disagree with him.” I was judging him for the content of his character! I was living Dr. King’s dream!

He also revealed that he has spoken to Chappelle since their initial fallout, but it seems like the relationship between the two is still damaged.


Check out the whole piece to find out more about Brennan's writing process for the show, as well as stories about his early days and his thoughts on SNL's recent race controversy.

Women and Black Dudes airs tomorrow night at 12 a.m. EST on Comedy Central. 

[via Buzzfeed]

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