Tim asked if anyone within the studio audience had, like him, been tricked into a struggle with their vital other. Two guys named “Dave” and “Jim” might relate, and Tim pulled them up on stage. As Dave, Chappelle lit up the display, so impressing ABC executives that they commissioned a present about Dave and Jim (Jim Breuer) called Buddies. It debuted in 1996, with some modifications — notably Breuer was gone, replaced by Christopher Gartin as “John.” Only five episodes of Buddies aired earlier than it was canceled, however primetime network TV publicity definitely did not harm Chappelle’s career.
Not eager to lose their money cow, network executives threw boatloads of money at the pair — $25 million for Richardson and $50 million for Allen. A slight family sitcom about a guy who grunts and causes accidents does not look like the vehicle to propel the career of some of … Read More