Dave Chappelle is the best comedian alive—and he knows it. Last night at Comedy Works in Denver, Dave asked the crowd if he could have his "Kanye Moment." We obliged.
That led to Dave telling the crowd what we all pretty much know: "I hate to say it folks. But I'm the best there is right now. I'm still the best." That may be a slight paraphrase, but for a solid 2-3 minutes straight, Chappelle explained to the crowd that he's been through the Hollywood grinder and back, and he's still better than all these "YouTube up-and-comers."
After his performance last night, I can reaffirm this fact. Throughout his loose and very medicated performance, Dave not only pulled a Kanye, but he continually brought the heat and sometimes vicious jabs at the crowd.
And of course, lots of marijuana references. Because Dave loves his weed:
The performance started with an ode to Colorado's legal weed that went something like this: "y'all never shoulda legalized this shit—I've been fucked up all day!" The weed jokes didn't stop there, nor did the highjinks, the haterade, and the laughter.
When he wasn't making jokes about legal reefer or Michael Jackson time traveling (more on that later), he performed a pretty righteous act of humanity. Dave launched into a bit about American Sniper. Towards the end of this bit, Dave asked the crowd if anyone in the audience was a veteran.
One young man in the back of the audience spoke out, and Dave called him to the stage. Upon finding out that he was a marine, Dave thanked him for his service and also made some forgettable jokes about the army. Then, Dave asked the ex-marine if he wanted to get high. And of course, the chill marine obliged.
Which led to Dave stating "guess he's no longer in service!" The crowd cheered as the two sat on the stage and shared a joint. The joint went around the crowd, and Dave proved that when you boil it down, he's a pretty freaking awesome guy.
Aside from the weed, Chappelle was in rare, vintage form, throwing out barbs and jabs like he still has something to play for. Here were some of the best that I can recall (and loose quotes, cause no recorders allowed):
On Religion and Music: "Christians are the Whitney Houston of religion. They want to be good...but you know...and Jews are the Jay Z of religion: money, cash, hoes!!!"
On Time Travel: "Michael Jackson traveled back to Egypt, saw all the statues, and was like 'these are so beautiful—let's chop off all their noses'" (in a very on point voice imitation of MJ).
On His Crowd's Skin Color: "It's great that I have such a white crowd—I know I'll be able to put food on my family's table. Katt Williams must be sweatin bullets!" (there were six black people at the show—Dave counted them)
On an audience member's name: "J-Mo? I'll take 'Names Black People Will Never Have" for $1,000!"
I intentionally left out a couple of Dave's best bits from the show, because hopefully he'll be hitting your town soon. And there was plenty more good stuff. Sure, the show was at times random, at times disconnected (towards the end), and at times, Dave appeared extremely high. But all told, Dave delivered a ton of laughs, an amazing show, and another night his crowd won't ever forget.
Which isn't surprsing, since Denver is Dave's favorite city to visit, and Comedy Works is one of his favorite places to perform. Which is even better for us stoners out here—cause he'll be back for a Stevie Wonder concert in just two weeks.
Which led Dave to ask the crowd if we'd still like his music if Stevie could see us.