Say hello to one of your Men of the Year!
Dave Chappelle—who has been given the GQ honor along with Chris Pratt, Ansel Elgort, Steve Carrell and (yes, a woman) Shailene Woodley (to name a few)—has made his official return to Hollywood after dropping out of sight nearly 10 years ago (minus those teases of a comeback).
Chappelle walked away from his legendary Comedy Central show in 2005, leaving fans wondering what happened to him and his memorable one-liners, but it looks like he's decided to get back into the game and he already has some interesting career goals.
"For one year, I want to do this thing where I guest-star on as many television shows as I possibly can. I love television," he tells the mag.
"The fact that television ultimately made me famous was very gratifying for me. Chris Tucker did it in movies, and Chris Rock did it from his stand-up, which was very impressive. But you know, the thing that people most will remember me for is Chappelle's Show. If I were to never do anything else, that show would be a culmination of what was a very long and tedious process of me learning how to be in the television business."
So what shows would he want to guest-star on? "I'd be a zombie in The Walking Dead. A corpse on CSI. I'd be the first black guy to f--k Olivia Pope [Kerry Washington] on Scandal..." Oh! Paging Shonda Rhimes.
(Can't you just picture Pope getting the offer and strutting through the White House saying—you already know what we're going to put here—"It's handled.")
The in-depth interview also touches on Chappelle's time on a farm in Yellow Springs, Ohio, his Radio City Music Hall tour and his views on some of the recent scandals in pop culture (Hi, Donald Sterling!).
The December issue of GQ is available on newsstands now in New York and Los Angeles and nationally Nov. 25.