Kanye West is many things: rapper, producer, entrepreneur, The Voice of a Generation™, fish stick aficionado. But if there’s one thing he’s not known for, it’s easy charm and a facility with improv comedy — which makes it all the more befuddling that West once shot an improvised comedy pilot for HBO. Produced by Curb Your Enthusiam‘s Larry David (who recalls West first introducing himself as “the black Larry David”) the pilot never saw the light of day. That is… until this following scene was discovered on YouTube:
We could go about dissecting why this scene doesn’t work but let’s just consider one point:
In Extras, Ricky Gervais‘ characters was frustrated when a member of public didn’t recognise him, the joke was on him for being self-obsessed. When the Make-a-Wish Foundation lady in this sketch claims not to know who Kanye is, SHE is the stupid one for not recognising the single most important artist working in any medium today.
Kanye West’s Untitled Comedy Spectacular will likely never see the light of day
[via AV Club]