Comedy these days seems to be broken into three categories: Leftists whose only interest is impressing other leftists with how woke they are; people who are just looking to tell jokes and entertain; and people who speak out on what’s going on in the world, but try to do so humorously. Dave Chappelle seems happy floating between the second and third group. No matter how much the first group wants to identify as infants.
I don’t think people pay money to see a guy speak precisely. And carefully. I don’t think they want to pay to see somebody worried about the repercussions of what they say. They just want to see somebody get at something honest. Or maybe something relatable. Or have some fun with something.
Everywhere you look in America, everyone is pushing the line…I don’t know what THE line is.
You can disagree with some of what Chappelle says. I’m sure plenty of people, including you, disagree with some of what Chappelle says in this very video. But with Dave, you at least get the sense he doesn’t hate you for disagreeing with him. Compare that sentiment to other “comedians” like Michelle Wolf or Jimmy Kimmel.
There’s a concern about where comedy seems to be headed. People like Seth Rogen celebrating politicians who are anti-free speech. Nick DiPaolo recently got sucker punched after a show because someone in the audience thought he was mean. It may be a “dangerous” time to be a comedian. To just tell jokes. Think about that.
It’s also an important time to be a comedian. Because historically, comedians were always free to tell the truth, if wrapped in a joke. Hence the left has them in their sights.