Review: Chappelle’s 8:46
Dave Chappelle’s latest show 8:46 opens with clips of attendees wearing masks and having temperature checks in Beavercreek, OH. It also included a note that it had been 87 days since he had last been on stage.
He called the show the first concert in North America. While he did admit there were other shows, but he poked fun at the drive-in concert with fans honking their horns at jokes instead of laughing.
The 27-minute show is at the same time typical Chappelle while also oddly off balance. There is some comedy, but it largely reviews the recent unrest due to the killing of black men at the hands of police. Chappelle spends a lot of the early portion of the show fumbling with a book as if he has a speech written but never fully goes to something that seems scripted. He spends much of the later portion sporadically lighting his patented cigarette.
He talks about experiencing an earthquake for 35 seconds and related it to George Floyd’s fateful 8 minutes and 46 seconds. He speaks some truth to the value the people protesting and not relying on celebrity. Lebron James and “Shut up and dribble” critiques are discussed. Chappelle even puts the killing of cops in places like Dallas into context.
It may be hard to find the point of the show, but perhaps Chappelle put it best at the beginning: “This is weird. And less than ideal.”