“I don’t talk about it often” | Dave Chappelle at DC Improv

“I don’t talk about it often” | Dave Chappelle at DC Improv


Whoever cares the most, I care at least as much
as them. I know what I got, cuz I lost it all. I gotta tell you something, and I don’t
talk about it often. Have you ever worked all your life for something and have it
not work out? That happened to me. It was tough. Think about it– I was gone
for 12 years. That’s not a little bit of time. It was hell.
I watched other n—– that I knew become very famous. I watched the world
go on without me. I mourned the lost of it, and after a
while, I didn’t care. Coming back was terrifying. I understand
what I am, I really do more than anybody. Like when they write about me in history,
I’ll-I’ll be dead reading it like, “Yeah, I knew they’d say that.” They say that a person can’t dream of a face they’ve never seen. Can’t believe that’s true, but it’s probably
true. Boy, I got a long bank of faces. 32 years I could close my eyes I could
think of any night there’s so many faces. Every night, most nights, they’re all looking up smiling. You have no idea what the world looks
like from there. All different races, all different colors, all different kind of
beliefs, just looking at me smiling for 32 years, night after night. No comedian takes that for granted. I
swear to God, this might be the noblest of
professions. Robin Williams had a bar that I loved, he said, comedy is the
only job you can have where you can use everything you know, and that’s true. You can use more than you can know, you can use what you think. Use it, don’t be afraid
don’t let these b—- ass n—– button your lip. Say it anyway.

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