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

in response to jgl:

I'm not trying to be difficult here, but I think we are kind of missing the point. Dave is considered one of the best ever. Not of his time, he is one of the best that has ever lived. You don't get to that point if you have little control over your crowd (quite the opposite I might say). This has been happening at A LOT of his recent shows. If you read reviews of his last 10 gigs, this has happened at least FIVE other times. Are we going to now point to all five of these cities and talk about how it was the crowd, all there excited to see comedy, that really ruined the whole thing? Let's take a step back and manage our expectations a little bit. As much as we are expected to act civil and not go into a black out, it's also up to the performer to have something planned as well as the ability to control the stage.

I agree that the show could have gone better without the distractions, but that is like saying your favorite football team would have won the game had the weather been better.

I totally get that he's amazing and one of the best. But he's not done stand-up effectively in 5 years. Some comics test their mettle again by going to smaller local clubs. I don't know where he lives, but from the stories I did hear about his locale, it didn't sound like he could just pop out to a Laugh Factory and test the waters again. Is that irresponsible? Maybe. Perhaps he should have sharpened his comic blade and crowd wrangling skills more before he got back out there.

The point I was trying to make, (and I know your point is different--and I am not saying you're 100% wrong) is that we had every opportunity to have a better show than we did, and even have Dave feed off of us as a decent crowd, and instead, we treated the place like a Chuck-E-Cheese. We took what at worst probably would still have been a "pretty good" show by most people's estimation, and made it awful.

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

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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