At the very end of 2017, stand-up comedian and actor Dave Chappelle released two brand new Netflix specials.
Charlie Sheen once said he laughed so hard watching Chapelle’s Show, he ruptured his hernia, and Kevin Hart – himself one of the highest grossing comedians in history- has credited Chappelle with being the greatest stand-up comedian to have ever lived.
Less than a minute into Chappelle’s special Equanimity, it’s not difficult to see why he is considered a master of his craft.
His pace is enthralling, slowly pulling us into stories, ensuring that the audience – at home, and right in front of him – are always right in the palm of his hand.
Chappelle explores complex themes of race, in the way only a black comedian can, before moving on to one of the biggest debates of the modern moment; political correctness.
“Everything you say upsets somebody,” he reflects, before telling a number of stories where he sat at the bottom of the pile-on. Chappelle has been widely criticised for his comments on politics, race and trans issues, and he explains that he is poking fun at the dialogue that surrounds such subjects, rather than the individuals themselves.