Chocolate News

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Chocolate News
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The Chocolate News logo
Format Sketch show
Created by David Alan Grier
Starring David Alan Grier
Tangie Ambrose
Alphonso McAuley
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) David Alan Grier
Robert Morton
Fax Bahr
Adam Small
Peter Aronson
Jordan Levin
Running time approx. 22 min per episode.
Original channel Comedy Central
Original run October 15, 2008 (2008-10-15) – December 17, 2008 (2008-12-17)
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Chocolate News was a satirical news show hosted and head written by David Alan Grier in 2008 with an emphasis on African American culture. The show aired on Wednesday nights at 10:30 PM on Comedy Central as a lead-in to their other news satire programs, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report. The show also aired in Canada on The Comedy Network. On March 10, 2009 a Comedy Central representative confirmed that Chocolate News would not be renewed for a second season.[1]


Chocolate News aired satirical pieces and sketches about current events and news stories. The show satirized these stories with a focus on how Grier thinks typical African Americans view them. In an interview with the New York Times, Grier asked "Are you laughing with me because you get the joke, or am I giving you license to laugh at me in a derogatory, dehumanizing way?" When the series was first pitched to studio executives at NBC, they were initially reluctant to produce and develop a pilot for the show due to the negative racial connotations associated with the term "Chocolate", It was only with the intervention of actors Martin Sheen and William Shatner that the studio decided to proceed with the pilot and eventually to commission the show.[2] Sketches were directed by Rusty Cundieff, who directed most of the sketches on Dave Chappelle's Chappelle's Show.


  • Episode 1: Original Air Date—15 October 2008
  • Episode 2: Original Air Date—22 October 2008
  • Episode 3: Original Air Date—29 October 2008
  • Episode 4: Original Air Date—5 November 2008
  • Episode 5: Original Air Date—12 November 2008
  • Episode 6: Original Air Date—19 November 2008
  • Episode 7: Original Air Date—26 November 2008
  • Episode 8: Original Air Date—3 December 2008
  • Episode 9: Original Air Date—10 December 2008
  • Episode 10: Original Air Date—17 December 2008


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  1. ^ [1]Itzkoff, Dave (March 10, 2009). "‘Chocolate News’ Won’t Be Renewed". The New York Times. Retrieved March 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ Lee, Felicia R. (October 14, 2008). "As Election Nears, a Black Voice Enters Comedy Fray". The New York Times. Retrieved March 11, 2009. 

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