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After funny sets by openers Harris Stanton and Saturday Night Live alum Dean Edwards, Chappelle, wearing a black "Muhammad Ali 1974" T-shirt and jeans, kicks in.
"I must say I appreciate the love and support," he says. "I must ask that you not make any loud noises or sudden gestures, because I'm not sure if you heard -- I'm fuckin' in-sane!" He makes jokes about the media attention surrounding his walkout on a $50 million Chappelle's Show contract with Comedy Central. "They called me a crackhead in Newsweek magazine," he says. "That shit is harsh!" Even his love life has been affected by his decision: "I'm a jerk-off ninja in the shadows now," he says. "Don't think that you can walk away from $50 million and your wife be cool with it."
Chappelle talks about "Asian hicks" and black cowboys and does a line dance. He makes predictions about the next presidential election: "Hillary Clinton versus Condoleezza Rice -- and you know who'll win? Ralph Nader by a landslide!" When he spots an audience member using a cell phone during the show, he takes the phone and starts dialing numbers. He intersperses his routine with questions from the audience; when a brokenhearted guy asks him for advice, he says, "Find the guy she cheated on you with and just start hangin' out with him."
And despite annoying audience requests, he thankfully refuses to do even one "I'm Rick James, bitch!" line. All in all, it's a night of pure Dave. I don't know if I'll ever see him on Comedy Central again, but who cares, now that I've spent an evening with the jerk-off ninja himself? -- Steven Devadanam