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Dave Chapelle.

When I think about him, like really think about him. Examine his words from every angle. Hold all the space he invites - the narrow and wide focus all at once. He's brilliant.

I've thought a lot about Dave Chapelle. His words, his work. He makes me laugh and cry all in the same breath. He loves everyone and makes fun of everyone. It feels good. And terrible sometimes. He puts you on edge, then opens you up with his vulnerability. He creates a rollercoaster, but not in the ordinary sense. In a new way. In a sort of sentimental way.

He is an incredible storyteller. Comedians usually are. Dave Chapelle is probably one of the best ever.

There's a few places to experience him, two of my favorite right now are:

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (I could go on and on about how I LOVE this show - watch all the episodes). Watching Dave Chapelle as a guest is very different than watching him as a performer. Because he is a person and a performer. And they can overlap, but are also fundamentally different. I love hearing him talk about small town life, being a dad. It's good. Really good.

Saturday Night Live - 11/7/20. The last four years have been bookended by Dave Chapelle hosting Saturday Night Live. I kind of love that. On our way into one experience, and on our way out to another. It's a very significant role. One that goes much deeper than all the surface parts of it. It's an emotional holding, a psychological hand holding. So many more words here. But know it's big. And Dave knew exactly what to do. He usually does. Watch it. It's important.

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