Popcorn Addict: Dave Chappelle
“I had to watch Key and Peele do my show every night!” Uh oh…
Fame, drugs, O.J., race, Caitlin Jenner, feminism, Drake, Cosby…Care Bears.
Bananas, Ebola, police brutality and terrorism, obesity, Donald Sterling, live hecklers, extortion, hatred for bloggers (oh no!) …Lil’ Wayne.
On Monday, two of the 3-part, highly anticipated stand-up specials from Dave Chappelle (resulting in a $60 million pay day for Dave) were released. From the Morgan Freeman opening to his ending Phife Dawg verse, the Chappelle was back! Filmed in Hollywood and Austin, Dave detailed his journey from the end of incredibly famous, incredibly funny Chappelle’s Show to now with bits of self-deprecating humor. Intertwined, he included other hot topic issues as we would expect. However, note that both specials were filmed before the election; therefore, there was minimal political commentary. We’ll wait for special #3 that has yet to be filmed. At the beginning of the first special, he seems a bit hesitant on stage, but once he warmed up, he was back to his usual self—laughing at his own jokes and all.
Onto the not-so-good. Actually horrible. Terrible. Chappelle used a number of homophobic and transphobic slurs across both of his specials. Although the jokes discussed discrimination and tried to be inclusive, the slurs were biting, harsh, inappropriate, and unnecessary. The jokes would have been funny had I not been throw off by the language. Yes, I’ve heard the phrase “nothing is wrong if it’s funny,” but I question: was the use of slurs necessary? I’m not the only one who had the same thoughts, Twitter folks were also excited to hear Dave also were disgusted with the slurs.
Overall, I enjoyed it. Dave is back at his funniest, but I would not blame folks not supporting these specials due to the slurs. We’ll see what the next special (coming later this year) has to offer.