PBS will broadcast Dave Chappelle’s award ceremony of him receiving the Mark Twain Prize for Humor for merit back in October 2019. Peers and friends will gather to celebrate Chappelle’s genius. The program will includes footage from the ceremony and a stand-up set performed the night before.
It also be known that Chappelle does not shy away from controversy. In his most recent Netflx stand-up special, “Sticks & Stones,” the comic questioned the validity of sexual abuse allegations of Michael Jackson accusers and downplayed Louis C.K.’s sexual misconduct.
From that same DC Improv stage, Chappelle said he was honored to receive the award. “Man, I cannot tell you what it is like to get an honor like this in the very city I started from,” he began. “In fact, a little trivia for you: The first show in this very room, I was the first comedian on stage. It was me, a guy named Brian Regan, and some (lesbian) named Ellen DeGeneres. We didn’t know she was gay back then. We were all trying to get (with her)”.
The stand-up’s candor was applauded during the Kennedy Center ceremony by “Saturday Night Live” cast member/comedian Michael Che. “When we talk about honesty, we talk about not being afraid to tell people the truth about how we feel. Because that’s the connection that comedians can have with people, and I think nobody does it better than you, ever,” Che told Chappelle. “He’s willing to make fun of everybody, whether you’re white or gay – end of list.”
What does Chappelle mean to comedy nerds? I’ll let Neal Brennan (co-creator of Chappelle show) explain.