In the end it was an extraordinary night if not an extraordinary performance. But Chappelle will undoubtedly get there -- and "getting there" for Chappelle is on a talent level far exceeding the vast majority of comics today.
I met a Beatle once. It was an after-soundcheck meet 'n' greet for one of his All Stars shows at Radio City Music Hall, 1992. There were about 35 of us, waiting in the dead-center of the orchestra seats at Radio City, about 5:30 in the afternoon.
I personally was saddened by the iconic producer/engineer/mastermind's recent passing not only because I kind of bonded with him during our two interviews together, but also because his sonic fingerprints are all over so much of the music I grew up on.
I will always be the King of Rock, but I only got there because of the people who believed in me. Each and every day that I have the privilege of spending with these children is inspiring. I see a piece of myself in all of them.
Watching a career-spanning set, the crowd at Radio City was simply in awe of what the hometown hero was doing. It was a night of raw emotion, a fond farewell to a very memorable year and a massive embrace of the new year to come.
Because Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first full-length animated feature to ever be put into production, there was this huge learning curve. There was a lot of stuff that Walt and his team had to learn the hard way on this project.