Chappelle blows up on the New York comedy scene. In 1992, he appears on AMC's Caroline's Comedy Hour and HBO's Def Comedy Jam. Then Mel Brooks casts him as "Ahchoo" in Robin Hood: Men in Tights. But he turns down the part of Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue in Forrest Gump, because he feels it's too insulting (and later mocks the film in a 1997 skit). He auditions for Saturday Night Live and is rejected. But he lands a part opposite his role model Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor, which is released in 1996.