Animated Archives: Neal Brennan’s Legendary Prince Story

We’ve had a lot of ideas for what we are going to put on the Grantland Channel, some terrible (“Let’s tape and edit our pickup basketball games”) and some excellent (“Let’s take the best bits in the history of the B.S. Report and animate them”). The latter was so good, we spent a decent amount of time last summer combing the B.S. Report archives and identifying which stories were best suited to go cartoon. One of the very first that jumped out at us was Chappelle’s Show co-creator Neal Brennan’s tale of an evening he, Dave Chappelle, and Questlove of The Roots spent at an after-party of sorts in Prince’s hotel room. It gets weird. A special shout-out is in order for our friends at Powerhouse Animation (’sup, Rachel?) for bringing this to life.

Oh, wait, one more thing: We need your help with this project. There are thousands of hours of bs in the B.S. Report archive, and we can’t go through them all by ourselves. If you remember a bit from the B.S. Report past that you think would make for a good “Animated Archive,” send it to us at — just don’t forget to include a link to the podcast, a short description, and the time at which the bit starts. We’ll take it from there. Also, if you are a kick-ass artist/animator, drop us an e-mail with some work samples and we might be reaching out.

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Filed Under: Grantland Network, Prince, Questlove, The Roots, Youtube

David Jacoby is an ESPN producer who somehow became a writer and editor for Grantland.

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