Though the specials are filled with harsh pot-shots and cruel gags, Chappelle also speaks about the possibility of healing. “What this city really needs, without irony, I’ll say this: the cure for L.A. is in South Africa," he says towards the end of The Bird Revelation, describing how Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela fixed a broken, corrupt system. "You motherfuckers need truth and reconciliation with one another." It's followed by a patiently-delivered section describing a passage from Iceberg Slim's 1967 memoir Pimp, which Chappelle offers up as an explanation for why he left Comedy Central behind. It's a discursive ending to a discursive special.
More than anything, these two hours display Chappelle's interest in speaking "recklessly" and dealing with the consequences that come with that. "I empathize, man, you know," he says at one point in The Bird Revelation. "Everybody gets mad because I say these jokes, but you gotta understand that this is the best time to say them. More now than ever, and I know there's some comedians in the back. Motherfucker, you have a responsibility to speak recklessly. Otherwise my kids may never know what reckless talk sounds like. The joys of being wrong. I didn't come here to be right, I just came here to fuck around."