By Dave B.
In Dave Chappelle’s newest stand-up special, Sticks & Stones (Netflix), the comedian covers a lot of well-worn ground, largely dealing with topics that he’s addressed in previous specials. The hour-long program is followed by a 20-minute stand-up epilogue that tries to explain some of his perspective on comedy in general and some of Sticks & Stones' more controversial topics, in particular.
Sticks & Stones has generated some controversy, but ultimately, anyone who has seen Chappelle’s previous Netflix specials shouldn’t be shocked by the content of this one because he barely covers any new topics. It’s a credit to his talent as a comedian that he can make the same subject matter funny, and truthfully, Sticks & Stones IS funny in a very technical, occasionally insightful way. It is not his best work, but at this point in his career, if he executes well, his fans will enjoy most of what he does.
And that’s the rub with Sticks & Stones. If you are not a fan of Chappelle’s stand-up, this special certainly won’t turn you into one and if you're already a fan, nothing in it will dissuade you from continuing to like him. So if you enjoy Chappelle’s recent work, watch Sticks & Stones. And if you don’t…then don’t. When it comes to comedy, it’s as simple as that.
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