Comedian Dave Chappelle does what he does best in this outrageous and hilarious standup performance, which allows him to really push the envelope and go even farther than he does on his TV show. Taped in San Francisco at the famed Fillmore, Chappelle lets loose on such topics as black celebrities, what it’s like to have raunchy fans of his TV show approach him while he’s trying to enjoy Disneyland with his kids, Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant and crackheads, of course.
Dave Chappelle-For What It’s Worth finds the Comedy Central superstar in performance at San Francisco’s legendary Winterland, where he’s welcomed with a huge ovation. Easing into his set, Chappelle shares a few observations about the city itself, noting there’s nothing tender about the Tenderloin District: “You’ve got people smoking crack while sitting in front of Starbucks.” Chappelle’s inspiration dips a bit after that, as the subject of sex with monkeys and smoking weed with Indians doesn’t quite reach his usual standards. Then, suddenly, he’s on top of his game again, his material like an echo of vintage Lenny Bruce as he discusses why whites drink grape juice and blacks drink “grape drink,” why police harassment has led him to believe in impromptu alibis, and why the culture of celebrity should stay away from real-world issues: “Maybe Jah Rule doesn’t have the answers we want in a disaster.” –Tom Keogh