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GeoReview: Dave Chappelle:
Killin’ Them Softly
by Clayton Ruley
 

There is only a few in each generation.

They combine wit with truth to come up with an ability to do the raw and rare at the same time. They can call a spade a spade right in their face and the spade could do nothing but laugh or at worst make a mean face. They wouldn’t dare do anything more because doing that implies guilt.

Dave Chappelle is one of those few. He can talk to anyone and relate (or at least survive). He throws caution to the wind. Chappelle is one of the few black comedians to get made love from his peers not like himself.

From the starring in and co-writing the underground classic “Half Baked” to roles in Undercover Brother and The Nutty Professor, Chappelle has proven it doesn’t take much of him to stick out like a asteroid in desert. Whether speaking, making facial gestures or running around like a mad man,

Chappelle is blessed with a gift of comedy.

Comedy Central has already grabbed a hold of the Chappelle gravy train before it really launches to bigger screens putting him on his own sketch comedy properly (and simply) titled “Chappelle’s Show”.

Now Urban Works Entertainment has put out Chappelle’s best (I’ll say it for you!) show Killin’ Them Softly (originally aired on HBO in 2000) on DVD for all to see without setting the TV remotes. The show directed by Stan Lathan and in front of Chappelle's hometown fans in Washington, D.C. shows Chappelle at his finest as he comes at police, racism, the government, women and men, the difference between races and the society we live in such a truthful and funny way it’s hard to do anything but laugh, take a mental note for truth and listen in again for more.

A man of the people, Chappelle can hang with anyone but says what he feels and will put it in open air for everyone to smell. From Ilion Gonzalez: “ If he were Haitian, we wouldn’t have heard about him”, to the current state of Washington D.C. compared to when he grew up: “sure is a lot of white people here now!” Chappelle makes people of all walks of life listen cause of his humility and ability to laugh and talk about himself first.

Funny from start to end ‘Killin’ Them Softly is a comedy classic in the fashion of Chris Rock’s Bring The Pain and Martin Lawrence’s You So Crazy. Chappelle is a special one if you’re not on the boat hurry up before its too late!

I’ll give the DVD four globes cause of the performance along but it doesn’t have any special features you would like on a DVD besides scene selection. The comedy is truthful, refreshing educational and side splitting. You can watch this with friends over and over again or by yourself when you just feel like a series of laughs.

 
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