Here’s a joke: Damon Wayans has challenged Dave Chappelle to a Verzuz stand-up battle.
While chatting with the hosts of “Good Morning HTown” on KBXX 97.9 “The Box” in Houston, the 60-year-old comedian admitted that he had missed the hype about Verzuz, a web series that regularly features two popular musical guests in a live showdown. Created by producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz in March 2020, the Instagram-based webcast now boasts an audience of more than 6.3 million on the platform.
“No, I have not,” said Wayans of Verzuz buzz, according to Complex. “Do they do [it with] comedians?”
They don’t — but when asked who he’d like to perform opposite in a fantasy Verzuz, he quickly responded, “Chappelle.”
His confident response was met with aghast “ohs” by the hosts. “I’m calling him out,” he concluded.
Wayans is perhaps best known for his work on the iconic sketch comedy series “In Living Color,” also starring Jim Carrey, David Alan Grier and Jamie Foxx, which aired from 1990 to 1994. The comedy legend is also brother to comic brothers Shawn and Marlon, of late ’90s-sitcom “The Wayans Bros.,” and father to Damon Jr., whose movie “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” with Kristen Wiig, Jamie Dornan and Annie Mumolo premiered this year.
“Lowkey this would slapppp. Damon Wayans got an elite resume,” said one fan.
But it seems that social media agrees it can’t be understated: the “Chappelle’s Show” creator and 2019 Mark Twain Prize recipient, 47, stands alone.
“[Wayans is] an all-time great but if this is standup he’s getting washed 10/10 times,” said one person, defending those who bet on Chappelle despite Wayans’ experience in the business. “Only a handful of guys all time can match Dave’s standup.”
“IMO there isn’t anyone living that is on the same level as Dave Chappelle and I like Damon Wayans,” said another, adding another bold proposition: “For me the next best is Chris Rock but he isn’t close to Dave. Who do you have to go against Dave???”
Regardless of where bets are placed, fans agree it would be one battle for the books. “Keep it 100,” said music reporter Evan Barnes. “It’s a LOT closer than people would believe.”
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