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Just a few notes here--thanks for the discussion! I think I hit a nerve with some people.
First, my sensibilities are not delicate; I was at a Dave Chappelle show.
As far as Dave's material--we didn't get to see enough of it to know if he had a solid act. Some comics and performers are better than others than controlling the audience. Maybe Dave isn't best at redirecting the crowd right now, but he typically is excellent at being funny. Until the T-shirt incident in the first show, he was being funny, and people were belly laughing around me. After that, and the continued calls from the audience, I think he felt he was fighting a losing battle. Why come all this way just to be disrespected?
Whether or not Dave was at his very best, several members of the audience acted like entitled, spoiled children, with no regard to anyone around them. I'd think that most performers of any genre, when faced with this, would have issues. I just think the show would have gone much better without those distractions, and the audience is certainly not blameless in that.
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