Dave Chappelle is back and he holds no punches in a new Netflix special titled “8:46.” The title is a reference to the amount of time former Minneapolis officer, Derek Chauvin had his knee on the next of George Floyd; ultimately, taking his life.
It is also, as Chappelle reveals, the time of day he was born, according to his birth certificate.
The streaming platform surprise debuted the special free on its YouTube comedy channel late Thursday evening.
Its classic Chappelle, rife with his signature searing social commentary. Touching on everything from George Floyd’s death to being unable to accept a Grammy award on the day Kobe Bryant died.
He also takes shots at conservative TV host Laura Ingraham.
“It’s hard to figure out what to say about George Floyd, so I’m not going to say it yet,” Chappelle opens, flipping through a black notebook, later adding, “I got to tell you, this is like the first concert in North American since all this s— happened, so like it or not, it’s history. It’s going to be in the books.”
The special was filmed on June 6 in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and coronavirus social distancing protocols were in place for attendees. Everything from face masks to temperature checks was utilized.
The comedy legend had not performed on stage in 87 days until the special, though he has since performed similarly intimate gigs around the Dayton area.
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Chappelle digs into police brutality and Floyd’s death in the set. But the Emmy winner also goes in on conservative commentator Candace Owens.
“I seen Candace Owens try to convince white America, ‘Don’t worry about it. He’s a criminal anyway.’ I don’t give a f— what this n— did. I don’t care what this n— did.
“I don’t care if he personally kicked Candace Owens in her stanky p—. I don’t know if it stanks, but I imagine it does. If I ever find out, I’ll let you know for sure. I’ll tell like Azealia Banks. I’ll tell.”
The later was a dart at rapper Azealia Banks who recently revealed she allegedly slept with the famous comedian.
The 27-minute video also came with the disclaimer “From Dave: Normally I wouldn’t show you something so unrefined, I hope you understand,” with a link to the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit organization aimed at ending mass incarceration and racial inequality.
Its founder, Bryan Stevenson, was the central character in the 2019 film Just Mercy, starring Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson.