You know what the title means and what it references. Chappelle talks at length about the death of George Floyd, and what it means to him personally.
Profound, sad, and funny all at the same time.
Dave Chappelle does not hold back in a new Netflix special titled “8:46,” which the streaming platform surprise debuted for free on its YouTube comedy channel late Thursday evening.
In a set rife with his signature searing social commentary, the comedian touches on everything from George Floyd’s death to being unable to accept a Grammy award on the day Kobe Bryant died, to the hypocrisy of conservative TV host Laura Ingraham — and even throws in a signature bit about Ja Rule for levity.
“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, with coronavirus-era social distancing guidelines in place for attendees, including face masks and temperature checks. 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.
Nothing Chappelle has ever done has ever hit me harder than that. And the laughs were few and far between. By his design. Yeah we can crack a joke here and there but ain't shit funny about this.
— Aye throw that Boyz II Men on (@DragonflyJonez) June 12, 2020
If you haven’t seen it yet, drop everything and watch Dave Chappelle’s 8:46 on youtube. It’s fucking brilliant. When the documentary of this insane time we’re going through gets made this should absolutely be a… https://t.co/opnhyYSFK1
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) June 12, 2020
Dave Chappelle's latest isn't a comedy special. It's a sermon. You can hear his pain on behalf of George Floyd and the pain endured by Black Americans, and he wants his country to feel it. I hope people listen.
— Wajahat "Social Distance Yourself" Ali (@WajahatAli) June 12, 2020