A second, darker sketch shows Chappelle exacting revenge on people who mistreated him before he was rich.
"What I worry about is that everyone is going to look at it like a 'CSI' episode, examine every show and say, 'Oh, that's why Dave did that,'" Brennan said. "There are no clues. The thing that people forget is, I came up with half the ideas. And it's not like I knew he was going to Africa. Does it give you a look into my psyche?"
But it's probably inevitable, said Comedy Central President Doug Herzog. He compared it to a musician who looks inward on his third album as a response to success on the first two.
There were a lot of long discussions at Comedy Central about what to do with this material, Herzog said.
"Once we saw the material, we thought it was fantastic," he said. "When you're in the comedy business, as we are, it's very hard to walk away from great material. It's so hard to find to begin with. We knew the audience wanted to see it. And I don't want to sound crass, but we had already paid for it."
As the show's opening and jokes with sidekicks Charlie Murphy and Donnell Rawlings illustrate, "Chappelle's Show" isn't afraid to talk about what happened with Chappelle. It would have been dishonest otherwise, Brennan said.
Even Chappelle has joked about it — just not on Comedy Central.
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