Dave Chappelle’s New Comedy Special Isn’t Comedy at All

by Jeremy Spirogis
Dave Chappelle at an event in January 2020

We haven’t heard an entire lot from Dave Chappelle in current months. But early on June 12, he reemerged with a brand new comedy particular titled 8:46.

Loads of us went into it considering Chappelle would make use of his common humor and panache, however this system has a extra severe tone. Its central focus is the demise of George Floyd and the way different injustices like that contributed to what’s been unfolding in America.

Dave Chappelle at an event in January 2020
Dave Chappelle at an occasion in January 2020 | Sean Rayford/Getty Images

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Don’t get us incorrect — there are jokes in 8:46. But it’s extra of a monologue on Floyd and different police-related killings of black Americans. It’s known as 8:46 as a result of that’s the period of time Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck earlier than he died, nevertheless it additionally occurs to be the time Chappelle was born.

“I can’t get that number out of my head because it was my time of birth on my birth certificate,” he says at one level within the particular. “I was born at 8:46 in the morning and they killed this n*gga in 8 minutes and 46 seconds.”

Dave Chappelle at an event in September 2018Dave Chappelle at an event in September 2018
Dave Chappelle at an occasion in September 2018 | Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for Backstage Creations

A real entertainer, Chappelle repeatedly checks on the group to make positive he’s not boring them along with his speaking factors. Each time, audible nos are heard from the viewers. Making positive across the 23:00 mark, Chappelle gives, “I got some p***y jokes too.” But the silence is telling: the group is and intrigued. He has them gripped for an additional 4 minutes or so earlier than this system involves an finish.

Fan reactions to Dave Chappelle’s new standup particular

Based on Twitter, the reactions to 8:46 appear overwhelmingly optimistic. Although it strays from what followers are used to seeing from the comic, viewers are applauding his supply and strategy to such severe points.

“Dave Chappelle’s latest isn’t a comedy special. It’s a sermon,” read one tweet. “You can hear his pain on behalf of George Floyd and the pain endured by Black Americans, and he wants his country to feel it. I hope people listen.”

“I was expecting it to be some Jokes, nah no Jokes on that New Chappelle. Just Real rap. He wasn’t in the mood for jokes just had to get some sh*t off his chest. And I totally respect that but man mentally this sh*t is HEAVY,” another person said, earlier than praising Chappelle’s efficiency and viewers management.

Echoing that, a third person tweeted: “Nothing Chappelle has ever done has ever hit me harder than that. And the laughs were few and far between. By his design. Yeah we can crack a joke here and there but ain’t sh*t funny about this.”

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Dave Chappelle’s final standup particular

His final particular, 2019’s Sticks & Stones, was much more controversial. It featured quite a lot of jokes — from the #MeToo motion to the LGBTQ neighborhood — and pissed off many individuals.

The comic didn’t deal with the backlash, however he admitted within the particular that he noticed it coming.

“That’s why I don’t be coming out doing comedy all the time,” he mentioned (through The Guardian). “I’m goddamn sick of it. This is the worst time ever to be a celebrity. You’re gonna be finished. Everyone’s doomed.”

But even so, 8:46 makes it clear that he’ll put these emotions apart when greater points are at stake. Viewers can watch what he has to say on YouTube’s Netflix Is A Joke channel now.

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