The comedy world freaked, justifiably, when Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle ended up on the same Comedy Cellar stage this week in New York City working the crowd, stretching their material, talking about potential tour dates.
It happened again on Wednesday night/early Thursday, only with a bigger crew. Marlon Wayans, Bill Bellamy and Kevin Hart joined Chappelle and Rock for a trip Questlove immediately dubbed The Master 5 on Instagram.
Questlove summed up his night with the world’s longest Instagram caption:
I once sat in on drums with Prince on bass, Sheila E on percussion, Frank Mcomb on keys, Rachelle Ferrell on vocals doing Stevie Wonder’s catalogue (who incidentally was also sitting in….with Joni Mitchell & Selma Hayek as our audience) and I *think* I might have felt as high as I did tonight. I was working on the other side of the world when suddenly I got a “get yo arse down here NOW!!!!!” text. Sure enough I made it just in time to see the best night ever at the comedy cellar: Hannibal was on 1st, then Chapelle did an amazing off the top bit about what life will be like in a South African jail with prosthetic legs…and the pope quitting his career too. & then the floodgates opened: Hart riffed on Spilling drinks on Hov then everyone got in a cipher doing a mini roast/dozens/lovefest about each other. It was honest to god like watching the comic version of “scenario” or “the symphony” jokes and punchlines were flying fast. Stories of way back when was told. And I had the best seat in the house (Dave told me to play piano….but I took the bench just to get a good view) amazing night watching #themaster5
Forget the New New New Kings of Comedy or whatever they’re up to — will The Master 5 head out on tour? How about just Rock and Chappelle?
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