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

I hear ya...I hear ya. I guess I still feel a bit cheated that the exact same thing happened at the show in Memphis. Hopefully, for others, the experience will be different.

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

in response to MGonzalez:

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.

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.

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

in response to cgerberding:

Drinking isn't the problem. Getting drunk and derailing the show you paid $60 for because you're too self-important to realize that other people are trying to appreciate the show is the problem. This is how Knoxville loses performers and the cultural IQ drops in this town. It't not about the author's sensibilities, it's about people in this town (not 100% of them) being dicks and ruining the party (and possible all future parties) for everyone else.

This is baby talk. Dave Chapelle has a duty to handle the crowd. He does not do anything about it because the crowd is his material. Why do you think he talked or had a 15 minute conversation about a t-shirt getting thrown on stage. His routine sucks now, stop blaming the crowd.

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

This is happening everywhere, not just in Knoxville.It is very clear that Dave Chappelle does not have an act anymore and relies on the crowd in order to have this strange love/hate banter. The crowd in Memphis acted the exact same way when he came here. Why? Because he does not have any material and allows the crowd to get this way.

This would never happen to Louis CK if he took the stage in Knoxville. He would simply entertain them and there would be no issues.

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