Who's funnier: Jerry Seinfeld or Dave Chappelle? | The Tylt
Jerry Seinfeld may be the greatest observational comic ever, and his show "Seinfeld" was a game changer. But Dave Chappelle took on racial injustice, politics and pop culture in both his stand-up act and the wildly successful "Chappelle's Show." Chappelle walked away from a $55 million contract with Comedy Central in 2005 and has performed sporadically ever since. Seinfeld is still doing his thing with "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." But who's funnier? 😂
Who's funnier: Jerry Seinfeld or Dave Chappelle?
After a year like 2016, we could all use a laugh. That's why we've taken 16 of the most beloved comedians of all-time and having them square off against each other all month long! Who's the funniest? You decide and we'll announce the king (or queen) of comedy at the end of the month!
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Jerry Seinfeld's massive success has sometimes overshadowed how respected he is in the comedy community. Louis C.K. calls him the best observational comic ever. After the juggernaut of "Seinfeld," Christopher Tarantino says it is easy to forget that Seinfeld's "acute—but clean—observational quicktakes on the minutiae of life were quasi-revolutionary in the mid-70s."
And his seemingly trivially focused show was also revolutionary in many ways: "Before Seinfeld, there were never any sitcoms that let their characters be purely selfish," noted Vulture’s Matt Zoller Seitz, who argues the show "steamrolled an artistic path" for anti-heroes like Tony Soprano and Walter White.
Not to mention, Jerry walked away from a hit show and hundreds of millions of dollars to return to a career in stand-up. His career has spanned more than 40 years and he is utterly dedicated to his craft.
Just look at Jerry shooting the breeze with the President. He's got an awesome new show and is still at the top of his game!
People have made the case that Dave Chappelle is the greatest comedian of his generation. He's a brilliant storyteller and fearless social commentator. Morehouse professor David Walt Rice explains:
There was an “afflict the comfortable” mentality built into Chappelle’s Show. Dave and Neal’s Frankenstein was raw in a way that could grate certain people....Volatile truths were told that had no deference to social niceties....The show was subversive like the best hip-hop artists—Chappelle’s peers—were at the time. The show and Dave Chappelle’s framing of it was really all about truth telling, the highest art.Other comedians (like Jason Burke) bow down to Dave:
There are not many living comedians that garner as much respect in the community as Dave. He is the OG of OGs. Sure Seinfeld and Rock are Gs, Louie and Bill Burr, of course, but Dave...He's like the Michael Jordan of standup. And that has nothing to do with being black, and everything to do with being best.
But check out highlights from Chappelle's 2000 special "Killing Them Softly." 17 years later, his takes on police brutality and racial disparities in America are still hot, and no one can match him for his relaxed demeanor in front of a packed audience.