In the early 2000s he was arguably the most recognisable face on TV, it’s often easy to forget how huge him and his hilarious sketch series Chappelle’s Show was, so huge that Comedy Central offered him $55 million to continue the show.
Back in 2006 Dave Chappelle fled abruptly to South Africa during production of the 3rd season of his show. Ultimately he didn’t fully return to the public eye for at least 8 years and toured sporadically when it came to stand up.
“The Age of Spin: Live at the Hollywood Palladium” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas: Live at Austin City Limits”, his first specials in 13 years, were released a few days ago and make up 2 of his 3 part series of stand up. Rumour has it that Netflix paid Dave Chappelle a cool $60 million for the rights, but he has failed to confirm or deny it when prodded by Jimmy Kimmel about it.
All in all his new specials are fucking hilarious, he brings his trademark brand of ribaldry with a nuanced notion that he’s not quite as in touch with the world as he used to be, but he’s willing to learn. Chappelle shows that he still thrives on dissecting the dirty little secrets of modern American culture and proves that we thrive off his social commentary too.
Safe to say comedy fans are relieved to hear his bona fide brand of humour in a day and age of rampant political correctness where comedians won’t perform on college campuses anymore. Both specials are filled with delicately woven material ranging from Bill Cosby to LGBTQ issues to the story of all 4 times that he met OJ Simpson.
After a decade away from spotlight, he still doesn’t seem to understand what the masses want or expect from him – and those are truly the most special moments of his stand up. It almost feels like going back in time, in a way that is both disorientating and enthralling. It’s as if he now officially a part of an older generation just trying to figure out WTF is going on in a bizarro-type world of social media and Bill Cosby being a rapist.
Although, some people didn’t take too lightly to his jokes, mainly some members of the LGBTQ community, most are ecstatic at his return. It’s weird that so many so-called fans of Dave Chappelle are getting offended by a brand of humour that he has harboured for as long as any true fan can remember. You know we live in an age of ridiculous political correctness when people get angry at comedian for telling “offensive” jokes that they don’t actually believe, but I guess that why we need people like him. Safe to say Dave Chappelle is back and he’s as strong as he’s ever been.