Dave Chappelle courts attention not only because of comedic brilliance but his ability to use his gift to discuss serious topics of the moment. The veteran entertainer delivered 8:46, a surprise stand-up special inspired by the murder of George Floyd that is at times angry, but the emotional bent serves a larger purpose.
Details of 8:46 were unveiled by Variety, which shared that the special was filmed in Chappelle’s adopted hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he has performed similar small gigs of the sort in times past. The stand-up special is less comedy but more a casual conversation between Dave and friends, although the nature of the talk is far from the light-hearted fare some may have been hoping for.
The laughs in 8:46 are stifled but perfectly timed as CNN’s Don Lemon gets mentioned for calling out celebrities on their lack of reaction to the murder of Floyd and other Black lives.
Chappelle also brings into the light the case of Christopher Dorner, which is a surprisingly funny bit that revealed the well-known fact that Dorner mentioned Chappelle in his manifesto along with the comedian’s friend, Bradley Cooper, which was another great bit of comedic timing that got chuckles. How Chappelle ties together Dorner’s death and the reaction to what’s occurring worldwide in relation to Floyd is among the best use of the comedian’s skills in recent times.
Overall, 8:46 is an indictment of the police violence handed down at the expense of Black lives, and also the conditions that have inspired outrage and empathy for Black America. As some on Twitter have noted, 8:46 isn’t the easiest watch but it is most certainly a necessary one.
Check out the special via YouTube below and keep scrolling to see reactions from Twitter.
New Chappelle??? pic.twitter.com/FS17kJci3J— kyle/Free agent nba fan (@knicks_tape99) June 12, 2020
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 shit funny about this.— America is musty 2021 (@DragonflyJonez) June 12, 2020
Dave Chappelle is so advanced he doesn’t even have to tell a joke.. ppl will just listen to him talk serious shit— zeeti (@DJZeeti) June 12, 2020
Dave Chappelle is one of a kind, cherish him. You can hear the pain in his voice talking about George Floyd.— Ahmed🇸🇴/Official A&R for OVO Records (@big_business_) June 12, 2020
Dave Chappelle's latest isn't a comedy special. It's a sermon. 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.— Wajahat "Openly Brown" Ali (@WajahatAli) June 12, 2020
I have never in my life used the phrase God’s honest truth, but that’s the only way to describe what Dave Chappelle just gave us.— Black Big Lebowski (@LaJethroJenkins) June 12, 2020
When LeBron sees Chappelle roasting Laura Ingraham pic.twitter.com/AOYd6HIiAP— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) June 12, 2020
Dave Chappelle is forever legend— . (@CardoGotWings) June 12, 2020
Dave Chappelle was talking about this already 20 years ago. pic.twitter.com/02vQYtaifJ— Leftist Bluth (@leftjerkstore) June 12, 2020
Dave Chappelle.— Kibbutzy Collins (@atrak) June 12, 2020
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Dave Chappelle destroyed Candace Owens. Thank you Mr. Chappelle.— RealTimBlack (@RealTimBlack) June 12, 2020
If these 74 seconds of Dave Chappelle talking doesn't make you understand why Black America is infuriated right now, then you might be a racist. pic.twitter.com/AzVDBT20Cc— Farbod Esnaashari (@Farbod_E) June 12, 2020
dave chappelle said cant corner the dorner— hasanabi (@hasanthehun) June 12, 2020
Dave Chappelle calling Candace Owens an articulate idiot with a rotten pussy is the most accurate description of her I’ve ever heard.— Jessica Fyre 💫 (@TheJessieWoo) June 12, 2020