I enjoy watching good comedians perform because they often address an underlying, serious issue
and introduce me to different perspectives.
Dave Chappelle said he always enjoys scatological humor, but he also said, “I pride myself on
saying real shit that people don’t even realize I’m saying.” Chappelle’s parents were professors,
and he joked once during Inside the Actor’s Studio that he was “the first person in [his]
family not to go to college who had not been a slave.” He moved at the age of 10 from the
outskirts of Washington DC to live with his father in Yellow Springs, Ohio. While he was gone the
American crack epidemic struck the city and transformed it into “murder capital.” Chappelle
said it was as if a “crack bomb” had exploded causing almost everyone he knew to get involved in
the drug trade.
For one job during his high school years, he wore a cookie costume with a big chocolate chip on
his head and handed out flyers to earn $3.50 an hour while other black youth were making far more
money dealing crack. Years later Chappelle filmed the HBO special “Killin’ Them Softly” in which
he joked about being chauffered in a limousine by a driver who wanted to make a detour in the
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