2 days ago, we shared a story about how Dave Chappelle started doing stand-up shows again in his town in Ohio. The shows were for 100 people with no cameras or phones allowed inside, however it was reported that professional cameras were present. And late yesterday, Netflix decided to bring us a 27 minute stand-up set from Chappelle when we needed it most. The special is titled 8:46.
During the set, Chappelle talks about the recent death of George Floyd and the protests that have resulted. The title of the special stems from the Floyd incident. “I can’t get that number out of my head because it was my time of birth on my birth certificate,” Chappelle says onstage. “I was born at 8:46 in the morning and they killed this n**ga in 8 minutes and 46 seconds.”
Throughout the set, it becomes clear that these stand-up shows stemmed from both a need for Chappelle to get back onstage but also from a place of having stuff to say. We knew that his commentary and thoughts on what we’re all going through would be poignant, and he certainly delivered. He did not mince words on certain topics, including criticism of Candace Owens and Laura Ingraham. He also discussed the death of Kobe Bryant, which happened on the same day as his Grammy win.
We hope that, with additional shows scheduled, that we get to see more of Dave Chappelle in the coming days. We definitely need it.