Dave Chappelle: Killin’ Them Softly is an hour-long HBO comedy special starring Dave Chappelle and features some of his best material. This is the special that put him on the map. True, you saw him in Half Baked and Robin Hood: Men in Tights, but this was the first time you saw his true genius and realized that he was a masterful storyteller. He talks about everything, including drugs, sex, rolling down windows on old limousines, and Sesame Street.
I remember watching it for the first time in high school and I went nuts for it. I illegally downloaded the video and the MP3 and I listened to it constantly. My friends and I could quote the whole thing from beginning to end. Hell, we still quote it. And I’ve made a lot of new friends that quote it too. It’s a part of our culture, a part of our past. It’s my generation’s Eddie Murphy Delirious or Raw. It had real significance and it lead to his further success with Chappelle’s Show. And even though Chappelle’s show only lasted two real seasons, it still solidified Dave Chappelle’s place amongst the comedic greats. Chappelle is a genius. You only need to watch five minutes of Killin’ Them Softly to find out why.
Critically Rated at 16/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young