Netflix dropped a surprise new Dave Chappelle comedy special called 8:46 late Thursday night that they also made free to the public. The special was named for the length of time Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd’s neck.
The no holds barred show is a half-hour tour-de-force that touches on everything fro “the original ‘I can’t breathe, Alex Garner” Trayvon Martin, the hypocrisy of the way Dylan Ruth was apprehended, and his unflinching disdain for Don Lemon and Candace Owens, among others.
According to Variety, ” [Chappelle] touches on everything from George Floyd’s death to being unable to accept a Grammy award on the day Kobe Bryant died, to the hypocrisy of conservative TV host Laura Ingraham — and even throws in a signature bit about Ja Rule for levity. “It’s hard to figure out what to say about George Floyd, so I’m not going to say it yet,” Chappelle opens, flipping through a black notebook, later adding, “I got to tell you, this is like the first concert in North American since all this s— happened, so like it or not, it’s history. It’s going to be in the books.”
The special was filmed on June 6 in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with coronavirus-era social distancing guidelines in place for attendees, including face masks and temperature checks.
The Hollywood Reporter said, “The raw and powerful special was filmed in Beavercreek, Ohio in front of an audience wearing masks on June 6. Chappelle noted that 8:46 will be among the first comedy specials to come out after the COVID-19 lockdowns were eased which meant that “like it or not, it’s going to be history.”
“This is the streets talking for themselves, they don’t need me right now. I kept my mouth shut. And I’lll keep my mouth shut. Don’t think my silence is complicit,” Chappelle said, adding, “Why would anyone care what their favorite comedian thinks after they saw a police officer kneel on a man’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds? I can’t get that number out of my head.”
The wide ranging performance is riveting. Chappelle also notes: Normally I wouldn’t show you something so unrefined, I hope you understand.
Watch it below.