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Written on Open Letter: Knoxville, About That Dave Chappelle Show...:

To CMHoward and jgl:

Dave was trying to do something harder than string together one-liners. He was telling comic stories. These were not the kind of stories Mark Twain would tell, but they were in the form of the kind of stories Mark Twain would tell. Build it up, take the listener down lots of dead-ends along the way, then finally reel them in and take them out with a punch.

So it's not that Dave didn't have any material, it's that his material is long-form and more artful, and if you have any sense, hilarious.

We live in a world now where you can sit in your living room and turn on your 50-inch HDTV, tweet and post on your phone, talk to whoever else is in the room and yell at the TV, all at once.

The thing is: the theater isn't your friggin' living room. Your TV doesn't care if you're an idiot. It just keeps going, no matter how loud, stupid, or inane you are. When you're an idiot at the theater, however, you throw off the pacing of the performance, and you piss off the people around you who are pretty sure they didn't pay good money to listen to you, being an idiot. If you can't get over yourself and refrain from being an idiot for just a couple of hours, perhaps it is you who should stay home.

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