Tyrone Biggums

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Who is Tyrone Biggums?

Tyrone Biggums was a crack-addicted, homeless character on Chappelle’s Show, who has since been used in memes ... many memes.

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Examples of Tyrone Biggums

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Examples of Tyrone Biggums
KC out in these streets looking like Tyrone Biggums. 👀 #ShowtimeApollo
@LocdQueenMagic, February, 2018
I just ate tortilla chips with chapped lips. I look like Tyrone Biggums right now 😭😂😭😂
@ikeebzitreal, January, 2016
We’re taught to see addiction as a moral failing, a proverbial stick with which we can beat others down while elevating ourselves for not making bad choices. Perhaps it’s the existence of fictional characters like Dave Chappelle’s Tyrone Biggums or Ezal from ‘Friday’ that make the Campbell video [of a women apparently suffering from mental illness] seem like entertainment.
Zeba Blay, HuffPost, July, 2017

Where does Tyrone Biggums come from?

Running from 2003 to 2006, Chappelle’s Show was a popular comedy sketch show headed by Dave Chappelle, who is known for skewering racial stereotypes. One of the most popular recurring characters was Tyrone Biggums, played by Chapelle, who is a crack-addicted homeless man with chapped and blistered lips constantly in search of his next fix. He first appeared on Episode 2 of the first season, which aired on January 29, 2003.

Though Tyrone Biggums is played for laughs, the character is also a deliberate parody of stereotypes of black people, with occasional sly jabs at the social conditions that force Tyrone Biggums into drug addiction and poverty.

Tyrone Biggums’s most popular catchphrase was “Y’all got anymore of . . .”. Images featuring Chappelle’s character with captions asking if “Y’all got anymore _____” became a popular meme as early as 2010, with the blank being filled with anything from “Y’all got any more of them degrees” to “covfefe” to “Pokemon.”

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Chappelle has resurfaced since ending his show stating that he has no intention of reviving Chappelle’s Show. That hasn’t stopped him from briefly reviving the popular character of Tyrone Biggums for a 2016 SNL sketch, where Chapelle used his old character to spoof Negan’s infamous baseball bat scene in The Walking Dead.

Who uses Tyrone Biggums?

References to the character of Tyrone Biggums are humorous takes on the topic of addiction, either playing the addict for laughs or mocking someone for having a seemingly obsessive interest in something. For example, someone who plays video games every day might be mocked by comparing them to Tyrone Biggums, perhaps with the phrase “Y’all got anymore of them video games?” Either way, earning a comparison to Tyrone Biggums is not a compliment, even if it is done for humorous effect.

Know Your Meme

The character of Tyrone Biggums has been criticized for making light of serious discussions regarding addiction, particularly in light of the so-called opioid epidemic in the United States.

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