While it’s hard enough to argue against Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s impression on pop culture, some might be surprised to hear that the publisher helped inspire Dave Chappelle to pursue a bigger career. The comedian once admitted that Hefner indirectly helped ignite the late-night creative spark behind the Comedy Central hit Chappelle’s Show.
‘Playboy After Dark’ was a talk show that featured a robe-clad Hugh Hefner as a host
In 1969, playboy after dark First aired on CBS which would only be two seasons. During the show, Hefner often wore his signature robe, flaunted a pipe, and sipped a martini during interviews. Of course, his guests included a variety of actors, musicians, comedians, and other celebrities. Needless to say, the playwright and rabbit who modeled for the magazine also joined them.
As part of the show’s gimmick, Hefner invited viewers to see his world. It was almost as if they were arriving at one of the famous Playboy Mansion cocktail parties. But he used the stage to make himself a wider part of pop culture. He was reaching for fame beyond being the publisher of a popular magazine.
The network did not broadcast the show after 1970. But it had already made a lasting impression—especially its musical guest. In 2017, People Listed “15 Electrifying Musical Performances” from “Hugh Hefner’s Playboy After Dark”.
And the show’s cancellation didn’t hurt Hefner’s bottom line. He was reportedly worth around $50 million at the time of his death in 2017. Although his price may have been high, he lived lavishly until the age of 91. Reportedly, he was at the Playboy Mansion when he “peacefully” died of natural causes. .
‘Playboy After Dark’ clip inspired ‘Chapel’s Show’
Apparently, Chappelle wasn’t as inspired by Hefner’s life story as the show itself. He once told James Lipton inside the actor’s studio that it was “weird” that inspired him to create how Chappelle’s Show after watching the clip of playboy after dark. But he said he felt like he should try to make a show like this, so he called on his creative partner, Neil Brennan.
Separately, Brennan spoke of receiving a call from Chappelle, during which he said, “Hey, man. We should do a TV show like this. playboy after dark. ” Seemingly, the inspiration was only in the idea, as Hefner’s show was a bit more like a talk show and Chappelle’s Show It was a combination of sketch comedy and stand-up.
Chappelle and Brennan began airing the show on different networks, beginning with HBO. They seem to have found luck there as the network aired Chappelle’s “Killing Them Softly” stand-up special, but they were not interested. Chappelle’s Show. Unfortunately, Brennan recalled someone on the network asking why he needed Chappelle when he was Chris Rock.
Lucky for fans of Chappelle’s show, it finally found its home with Comedy Central. Brennan noted by that point, he made the pilot and the network picked it up for the series, and then everything became “absurd, absurd” for the show.
While this was what Chappell originally asked, he developed complaints about creative control and eventually moved into filming the third season shortly after. When he left the show, he reportedly left a $50 million deal.
Seemingly, Chappelle’s choice followed his Hefner-inspired idea for a show—even if it turned out to be something the comedian no longer wanted.
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