When his first pair of new comedy specials, Deep in the Heart of Texas and The Age of Spin, debuted on Netflix in March of last year, Dave Chappelle was still shaking off the cobwebs. One was filmed in 2015 and the other more contemporary special was filmed in 2016, so there were plenty of jokes about not-exactly-evergreen topics like Donald Sterling, Manny Pacquiao, and Ray Rice. By comparison, his two newest specials that dropped right at the end of the year -- Equanimity, which was filmed in his hometown of Washington D.C., and the more intimate The Bird Revelation, which was shot on November 20 at L.A.'s Comedy Store -- are almost as timely as your Twitter feed.
In addition to commenting on criticism of his own work, particularly his jokes about the trans community, and the current political climate, Chapelle also opens up about the recent allegations against figures like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and fellow comedian Louis C.K.
"Louis's was the only -- I shouldn't say this but fuck it -- his allegation was the only one that made me, like, laugh," says Chappelle in The Bird Revelation. "Because all his friends are reading it and he's jerking off and he's surprising people. He's surprising them, he's jerking off. I just picture all the comics in comedy just reading that like 'What?'"
Unsurprisingly to anyone familiar with Chappelle's no-holds-barred sensibility, he doesn't stop there. While analyzing the "Pulitzer Prize winning style that the New York Times has," Chappelle also speaks at length about one of the specific stories in the paper's expose about C.K.'s alleged behavior. In the Times story, Abby Schachner describes Louis C.K. masturbating while on the phone with her in 2003. C.K. apologized to her and she accepted, but according to the Times the experience left Schachner feeling "deeply dispirited" and "was one of the things that discouraged her from pursuing comedy."