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Dave Chappelle and Heckling as the New ‘Racism’

Don't yell "We love you, Dave!" in a crowded theater — or you'll be called a white supremacist.

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Kathy Shaidle

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September 5, 2013 - 9:15 am
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Politically correct millennials (and a few Gen-X/Y enablers) have turned stand-up comedy into a peanut-free play-date, a spindly shadow of its former raunchy, nicotine-stained self.

(According to “comedy nerds,” the more Patton Oswalt turns into a scolding teacher/cop, the more “brilliant” he apparently is. And don’t forget this guy.)

Each week seems to bring an earnest new dorm-room-debate of the “are jokes about Topic X ever acceptable?” variety.

Or worse, some comedian is forced to apologize for a joke that would’ve been cut from a Dean Martin Roast as too tame.

I figured this week’s non-issue was going to be “How Do You Tell a Story About Four Black Guys Mugging You Without Sounding Racist?”

I was prepared to loathe Phil Mazo’s bit, assuming he was just another grovelling liberal “open mic” beta male.

Then I watched this video.

I hope you will too.

It belongs in a time capsule marked “America: 2013.”

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Dave Chappelle has been a stand up comic since his teens, so I'm sure this isn't the first time he's encountered a drunken rowdy crowd.
Ebony magazine should be ashamed for trying to make this a racial thing. Something happened to this guy and now he's become very moody and unpredictable on stage. This is not the first time he's left audiences scratching their heads. Lay off the weed, Dave. It's making you paranoid.
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Poor, poor victim Dave. Bunch of people shouting out phrases he made famous. Heckling, the great challenge of our era. Right up there with sarin gas, Obama's economy, and radical islam.
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What a spoiled POS....I wonder how much the avg ticket cost...what $60-100 bucks? More?

Those damn racist white guys have a lot of nerve paying top dollar to see Dave...then shout some very un-racist silly stuff and ruin the show for everyone. Drunkin Shouting and that sort of nonsense Never happens at a live gig! Its all racism at the end of the day...
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Just plain rude and being funny are not the same thing. I have never understood why people think he is so funny.
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Thought Dave walked away from his show after a huge contract because the wrong people were laughing at his jokes. Andrew Sullivan even commended him.
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The video shows a listless, pointless non-performance by a man who obviously believed his talent and charisma would transcend the need for material. It's one of the traps of quick massive success; hopefully he'll snap out of it and return to form.
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Patton Oswalt is too nasty to be amusing -- both himself and his material.
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they are grim people. violent. and dumb. o. well we did our best. didn't take.
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Just as with Taylor and his song, it's like that with any celebrity who becomes iconic in some way for a specific performance.

Shatner spent a decade trying to run away from James T. Kirk, going through a series of failed new roles (anyone remember Barbary Coast?) before finally embracing and having fun with the fact he would be forever tied to one particular acting job.

Adam West is always Batman. Henry Winkler is always The Fonz. People who go to a McCarntey or Springsteen concert have a minimum checklist of songs they expect to hear. Dave Chappelle's in the same boat after the success of his show, but in the current era, he and his ardent backers just can't leave it at recognizing some of his fans are obnoxious jerks -- thanks to the success in society in recent years of being able silence people by throwing the race card, it's been trivialized to the point that it's thrown at loud-mouthed fan boy ticket holders.
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Apparently, no one ever told them that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Idiots.
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Dave Chappelle has been a stand up comic since his teens, so I'm sure this isn't the first time he's encountered a drunken rowdy crowd.
Ebony magazine should be ashamed for trying to make this a racial thing. Something happened to this guy and now he's become very moody and unpredictable on stage. This is not the first time he's left audiences scratching their heads. Lay off the weed, Dave. It's making you paranoid.
51 weeks ago
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Poor, poor victim Dave. Bunch of people shouting out phrases he made famous. Heckling, the great challenge of our era. Right up there with sarin gas, Obama's economy, and radical islam.
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