Dave Chappelle has released a new 30-minute comedy special, though, appropriately, not all of it is funny.
Netflix just released a new comedy special for free on YouTube called 8:46 — a clear reference to the amount of time former police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on, and constricted, George Floyd’s neck until he killed him. The set is typical Chappelle: social commentary, edgy humor, deep, provocative thinking. The special is the first-ever filmed socially-distanced comedy special in America — Chappelle performed outside in Yellow Springs, Ohio, while guests sat six feet apart and wore masks for the entire set.
The video was uploaded with a note from Chappelle that said “From Dave: Normally I wouldn’t show you something so unrefined, I hope you understand.” The only other note in the caption of the video was a link to the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit founded by Bryan Stevenson, the lawyer who represented Walter McMillian, the real behind the story in Just Mercy.
The set covered George Floyd’s death — Chappelle said that the only other time he had heard someone call out for a mother, it was his own father on his deathbed.
“This kid thought he was going to die, he knew he was going to die. He called for his mother, he called for his dead mother. I’ve only seen that once before in my life: My father on his deathbed called for his grandmother.”
He added: “I can’t tell you, as a man, watching another man go through something like that, what it makes you feel like. I didn’t watch the tape for a week. I knew. I saw a still picture and I knew, I didn’t want to see this, because I can’t unsee it.”
He also ripped into Candace Owens — “Candace Owens, that rotten b****, she’s the worst. I can’t think of a worse way to make money. She’s the most articulate idiot I’ve ever seen in my fucking life.”
The special was equal parts raunchy, thoughtful, serious, and funny. Just like Dave.