Brandon’s review of “Dave Chapelle – 8:46” – Thumbs up
Last week, Dave Chappelle made history by releasing the first official stand-up comedy special/live performance in front of a socially distanced audience since the covid-19 crisis closed clubs all across the country. 8:46 is a clip released from Dave Chappelle & Friends: A Talk With Punchlines, an event held in Ohio a week ago on June 6. It deals directly with the fallout from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month and the protests that followed. It is Chappelle at his most raw, the outrage is real and unfiltered. Chappelle reflects the frustration and exhaustion we all seem to be going through on some level, and delivers a powerful talk with some humor mixed in. Wherever you stand in the debates that permeate our society today, I believe this is one of the most important conversation starters and lessons in perspective. It took me over an hour to finally complete this 27 minute special as my wife and I had moments where we needed to pause and discuss. It was a necessary experience for me to reflect on everything we believe about race relations, what people of different cultures go through and using comedy to process the tragedy. I believe that anyone who watches this special will have a similar experience. Just because it is Dave Chappelle, don’t expect 27 minutes of laughter. Instead, Chappelle harnesses his ability to connect with the audience to help bring us together. We still have a ways to go.
For your convenience, I have attached the full special below –
Brandon’s review of “King Of Staten Island” –