Judd Apatow, Aziz Ansari and Questlove of The Roots have all endorsed Dave Chappelle’s new Twitter account, but it seems the hermetic comedian is still easing into it.
Chappelle launched the account Tuesday, and has already garnered more than 125,000 followers. Despite the rapid support from fans, Chappelle hasn’t produced the controversial and hilarious tweets one might expect.
His most recent post acknowledged as much.
“I can’t think of anything provocative to tweet, and yet, I must continue… Must…keep….tweeting,” Chappelle wrote.”
One thought: Maybe the man behind Comedy Central’s “Chappelle’s Show” is just mocking Twitter itself, intentionally avoiding the comedy everyone knows he is capable of providing.
That’s what a few early tweets suggest.
“Going to top 80 degrees here in OH today. I'll be on my motorcycle. Man, am I edgy! I'll post a picture of how dope I am,” Chappelle wrote.
Sure enough, his next post was “a staged candid shot of me having deep thoughts whilst on my motorcycle.”
That would be Chappelle sticking his nose up at the self-promotional nature of Twitter, part of the social media wave that reinforces narcissism according to a recent study.
Where will it go next?
Only Chappelle knows. But this is an encouraging sign from a landmark comedian who has been largely M.I.A. from the scene.
Or, put another way: Dave Chappelle on Twitter? Yeaaaah.