Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli is Obviously a Fan of the Chappelle Show

Henry Truc |

You have to hand it to Martin Shkreli. The guy really has mastered the art of trolling.

With his signature smirk firmly in place, Shkreli seemed unphased during his testimony in front of Congress Thursday, repeatedly invoking his fifth amendment right as he was being grilled by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the topic of outrageous prescription drug hikes. Shkreli gained national notoriety last year after his company Turing Pharmaceuticals hiked Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill. He's been on a warpath of provocation since.

He also fired off this tweet for good measure, just in case.

But for those that watched his testimony, it's hard not to be reminded of this popular sketch from Chappelle's Show:

In fact, it would not be the first time this week that Shkreli referenced a Dave Chappelle skit. Just a day earlier, he was on "The Breakfast Club" radio show to discuss his beef with rapper Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang clan. Shkreli, of course, owns the sole copy of the rap group's latest album after plunking down $2 million on an auction site. On the segment, he discussed the classic Wu-Tang financial bit and how it accurately portrayed he and his buddies in the hedge fund industry. You can watch a video of the sketch here, though the language is NSFW. Unless, of course, you work at Wu-Tang Financial.

It's apparent that Shkreli is quite satisfied with himself and his pop culture prowess. Could his lawyer be right? Is he a genius after all?

Henry Truc is the editor of You can follow him here and on Twitter @henrytruc.

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