Legendary comedian Dave Chappelle, who has weathered years of protests by trans activists upset over his stand-up sets, confirmed he isn’t backing down in the battle.
In his new Netflix special titled “The Dreamer,” the “Chappelle’s Show” icon opened up about an opportunity he had back in the day to meet fellow comedian Jim Carrey, with the catch being that Carrey would go on to introduce himself as yet another comedian, the famous Andy Kaufman, while filming “Man on the Moon.”
“From the moment he woke up, to the time he went to bed at night, he would live his life as Andy Kaufman. I didn’t know that… Everybody on the crew called him Andy,” said Chappelle, adding that his entourage failed to inform him of Carrey’s method acting before their meetup.
“I just went in to meet him, and when he walked into the room where we were supposed to meet, I screamed ‘Jim Carrey!’ and everyone said nooo!” Chappelle begins, drawing the audience further into the awkward encounter. “‘Call him Andy.'”
“I was very disappointed because I wanted to meet Jim Carrey, and I had to pretend this n**** was Andy Kaufman. All afternoon. And he was clearly Jim Carrey. I could look at him and I could see he was Jim Carrey,” he continued.
“Anyway, I say all that to say: that’s how trans people make me feel,” he quipped, drawing a roar from the crowd.
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Mainstream media outlets have been quick to pounce on Chappelle’s seventh standup special for targeting transgender and disabled people with some of his new material.
“They’re not as organized as the gays,” he says. “And I love punching down.”
After going dark for more than a decade, Chappelle reemerged in 2017, releasing four specials in less than a year in what felt like a bid to transcend the comedy skit show that defined him up until that point. He has leaned hard into anti-trans material, critiquing the younger, easily triggered generations beneath him who try to paint his comedy as hate speech.
Though he’s loath to be associated with one political party or another, the comedian wasn’t afraid to tell an audience member at a recent appearance what he would do if former President Donald Trump was reelected.
“Probably get a significant tax break,” he quipped.