Comedians Dave Chappelle and D.L. Hughley spent part of their introduction of Russell Simmons at “Def Comedy Jam 25” improving an every-day 30-second set up into a much longer stand-up about free speech and the Charlottesville protests.
In a video released by Netflix, the two men promise they’re not there to offend anyone but they have no intention of protecting people’s feelings either, the Daily Beast quoted.
Hughley went on to say that “rejection” by the majority of voters should never be considered a “reason to stop” pushing boundaries through comedy.
“I wish you had said that before my third season,” Chappelle joked, referring to his final season of “The Chappelle’s Show,” where he walked off quitting the series.
“What Def Comedy Jam was always willing to do was take the heat, the criticism and the hate,” Chappelle read from the script on the teleprompter. “Because that’s basically just being black in America.”
He managed to read through that part of the script but cracked up after the music began playing. “That’s just a weird line,” he noted, knocking the comic musical choice by Def Comedy Jam DJ Kid Capri and dancing around.
“If we told them what being black in America is, would they believe us?” Chappelle asked the audience. “F*ck no, they wouldn’t. There’s a f*cking white supremacist starter kit at Target.”
The two wondered what that scene might look like and began acting it out in character.
“Let me get some tiki torches, some khaki pants and a f*cked up haircut, I’ve got something going on next week,” said Chappelle.
“It’s real right now,” he went on. “And have we seen it all before? Yep! So I’m going to read that last line again and Kid Capri, maybe a song that is a little less happy.”
“You can leave this in, too,” Chappelle encouraged producers from the stage as it was being filmed.
Watch the clip from Netflix below: