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Absolutely hilarious and poignant social commentary - on par with Pryor's earlier material, and - dare I say it - at times even funnier. See more (12 total) »



Dave Chappelle ... Himself
Albert Precourt ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Stan Lathan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dave Chappelle  written by

Produced by
Dave Chappelle .... executive producer
Vikki Jackson .... associate producer
Ted Kenney .... associate producer
Howard Klein .... executive producer
Stan Lathan .... executive producer
John McCann .... associate producer
Kimber Rickabaugh .... producer
Michael Rotenberg .... executive producer
Film Editing by
Jeff U'ren 
Production Design by
Bruce Ryan 
Art Direction by
Edwin McCormick 
Production Management
Cisco Henson .... executive in charge of production
Mary Valente .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laura Lyons .... associate director
Sound Department
Dan Gerhard .... house p.a. mixer
Terry Kulchar .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Miguel Armstrong .... camera operator (as Miguel G. Armstrong)
Greg Brunton .... lighting designer
Eli Clarke .... camera operator
Manny Gutierrez .... camera operator
Charlie Huntley .... camera operator
Tom Inskeep .... camera operator
Lyn Noland .... camera operator
Paul Ranieri .... video controller
Other crew
Andre Allen .... technical director
Doug Barry .... technical supervisor
Daneene C. Brockington .... staff: Lincoln Theater
Darlene Brown .... staff: Lincoln Theater (as Darlene 'Star' Brown)
Keith F. Carroll .... production coordinator
Peter Dahlstrom .... technical supervisor
Dawn Douglass .... assistant to producer
Leslie Dunham .... production assistant
Shawn Esposito .... title designer
John Gonzalez .... production assistant
David Guilbeau .... crafts services (as David 'Cajun' Guilbeau)
Janelle Harris .... production assistant
Merv Hawkins .... stage manager
Schana Kramer .... production assistant
John Moura .... production assistant
Rachel Newman .... staff: Lincoln Theater
Paul-Michel Pierre-Benoist .... production assistant
Mark Taylor .... production executive
Kimberly Lomax Williams .... staff: Lincoln Theater
Charlie Barnett .... dedicatee
Marshall Canada .... special thanks
William Chappelle .... dedicatee
Manny Dworman .... special thanks
Ray Hinton .... dedicatee
Akinyele Jones .... special thanks
Beatrice Reed .... dedicatee
Justin Wilks .... special thanks


Additional Details

57 min
Australia:M (DVD rating)

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David Chappelle:Then they had the nerve to put a pimp on there. Now, they didn't go out and say he was a pimp. I know a pimp when I see one. They called him, "The Count". He had a cape on and everything. On the show you see him pimping. "Bitch, where is my money. You've been late 4 times, I've been counting. How many times must I smack you before you act right. "*Smack*One, *Smack*Two, Two smacks, ha,ha,ha,ha,ha."See more »
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely hilarious and poignant social commentary - on par with Pryor's earlier material, and - dare I say it - at times even funnier., 28 July 2006
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

I believe Richard Pryor to be the best stand-up comic of all-time (closely followed in the social-critic realm by Bill Hicks and George Carlin), but Dave Chappelle is promising to be a worthy successor. This HBO special from 2000 has achieved something of a cult status on peer-to-peer networks since its airing, especially in audio form, and as such has gained even more popularity since Chappelle's venture into Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show" (which is finishing its third and apparently final season right now).

Looking back, I find this to be even funnier than his comedy show. Whereas his (hilarious) sketch show can become a bit repetitive at times and is almost always dealing with racial stereotypes and such, "Killin' Them Softly" touches on everything - beginning with blacks and whites ("DC has changed!"), moving on to crime, then television shows, and of course marijuana.

My personal favorite bit has got to be Chappelle's observations on children's entertainment. He remarks how Pepé Le Pew is practically a rapist and encourages children to "take the pussy(cat)" and how racist "Sesame Street" was. ("Yeah, Oscar! You're a grouch." - "I live in a trash can! What do you expect!") Don't forget The Count: "I know a pimp when I see one!" To be honest I've found Chappelle's television show to become a bit stale sometimes (even though I'm a huge fan of it) but I was blown away - his stand-up comedy is even better. It's rare that I find myself laughing out loud at comedy acts, but even without watching him on stage, his vocal performance is gut-busting. The 911 phone call bit is classic.

I don't want to discredit Richard Pryor and say this is funnier, but if you listen to some of Pryor's older stuff, Chappelle is touching on the same issues as he did in the 1960s and '70s and is, at times, actually doing it even funnier. Of course, Chappelle has some way to go before matching Pryor's iconic status or even his later fusion of outrageous comedy and social satire in the mid-'70s through the early '80s (which surpasses the stuff here), but those comparing him to Pryor have a reason to do so.

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