Dave Chappelle has chosen the disability community as his new target for his latest Netflix stand-up special.
Chappelle’s new special, “The Dreamer,” arrives on the streaming service on Sunday, two years after his 2021 Netflix special “The Closer,” which received backlash for remarks focused on the LGBTQ+ community, particularly transgender people. debuted.
The 50-year-old comedian addressed the controversy on The Dreamer, telling viewers: “If you guys come on this show tonight and think I’m going to make fun of those guys again, I’m not going to (expletive).”
Dave Chappelle compares Jim Carrey’s method acting to the trans community
Chappelle opened the new feature with a few jabs at the trans community. In one joke, she discussed meeting her idol Jim Carrey while visiting the set of Man on the Moon. Carrey played the late comedian Andy Kaufman in the 1999 film.
“I was so disappointed because I had to pretend to be Andy Kaufman all afternoon because I wanted to meet Jim Carrey. It was clearly Jim Carrey. I looked at him and it was clearly Jim Carrey. I knew it was,” Chappelle said, recalling Carey’s behavior. I stayed in character off camera. “All I have to say is this…trans people make me feel that way.”
Chappelle went on to declare the new marginalized communities he aims to focus on in “The Dreamers.” “Tonight, all I do are jokes about disabled people. They’re not as organized as gay people, so I love to beat them up,” he said.
The comedian’s jabs about people with disabilities also included a small mention of former North Carolina Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who is a paraplegic. He claimed to have met Cawthorn and joked, “Then I walked away. I wanted him to see me do things he couldn’t do. I slacked off.”
Dave Chappelle, Will Smith slap Chris Rock and joke about his own attack
Chappelle switched gears and spent a significant amount of time in “The Dreamer” talking about the infamous moment when Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage at the 2022 Oscars ceremony.
“I was angry. I wasn’t just angry that he got slapped. That was only half of it. What was really upsetting was that after the slap, Will just sat and spent the rest of the night. I was having fun,” Chappelle said.
Chappelle said he initially teased Rock about how he handled the incident, which came to be known as “The Slap.” “Everything’s funny until it happens to you.”
In May 2022, Chappelle was attacked on stage at the Hollywood Bowl during the Netflix Is A Joke festival. Isaiah Lee, who was charged with assault with a deadly weapon for pointing a replica handgun at Chappelle, told the New York Post that the comedian’s set was a “trigger” for him. Mr Lee denied that he had a weapon drawn when he approached the comedian.
In “The Dreamer,” Chappelle describes the moment when his security team intervened and punched the assailant. He jokingly added that Rock was angry backstage because no one interfered at the Oscar ceremony.
Chappelle finished his joke by saying, “Now I know what Will Smith wouldn’t have done. Enjoy the rest of the night.”