Dave Chappelle's Netflix Special
Dave Chappelle has been coming back into the scene slowly and efficiently for years.
I was lucky enough to be in Portland on the night of his "unannounced" stand up performance. So many people flocked to the scene you could barely move. The performance was spread by word of mouth only so there was no way to tell ahead of time how many people would show. If the overflowing audience was an indication of how the relevance of his humor had sustained the 10+ year departure since his comedy show ended this was a strong confirmation.
Marcelo and I went to see him on the last night of his 10 night stand at Radio City Music Hall. His casual reprise and the frank manner with which he discussed his disappearance from the public eye, personal life and political views made you feel like you were sitting in a living room with a friend catching up on life.
I seen him as an incredibly intelligent person who is able to meld his person experiences while taking an outside perspective to layer his comedy in such a way that it opens the conversation to the complexities in the gray areas of our life and times to all people.
In his first special he addresses in the same manner the dichotomy of heroes and villains of our time. Bill Cosby, O.J. Simpson, Donald Trump. As well as discussing our overuse of technology and how he considers The Age Of Spin to be the most dangerous time in history.
If anything his comedy is less a performance and more a dialogue with the audience, with other performers, with politicians, with the world really.
In these times I'm glad there's someone back on the scene with an individual voice and perspective to open up our minds and view our current world from a different angle.