The new special Stick and Stones by comedian Dave Chapel on Netflix proves that Chapel has sharpened himself into a fierce tool against crushing alertness. He is also one of the funniest comedians working today and probably of all time.
The seasoned comic book 46-year-old disappeared from the face of the earth in 2005 after two wildly successful seasons of Comedy Central's Chapel Show, Disappointed by the loss of creative control and general fatigue from the comedy series, Chapel raised a stand audience in 2004 after being repeatedly interrupted by famous lines from their television show.
"Do you know why my show is good? Chapel was disappointed to ask the Sacramento audience of 4,000 people. "Because network officials say you're not smart enough to get what I do, and I'm fighting for you every day. I tell them how smart you are. It turns out I was wrong. You people are stupid. ”
Chapel's words were rude to be sure. He recently claimed to work nearly 20 hours a day and controlled the jokes he was allowed to tell on air. He also claims that his stand-up career, always his top priority, is beginning to suffer.
Return for the Outrage Mania
But Chapel got a few things right during his infamous 2004 outburst. As he said, he is fighting for his Comedy Central audience. He struggles with executives, standards and practices, and anyone who tells him is not fun enough for his viewers. He never disagreed with this and knew that what he was putting on in his show was the funniest material on television.
Despite producing only 28 episodes and characters in the show's third season, Chapel's Show remains one of the most-cited, most beloved sketch shows of all time.
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Stick and Stones is Chapel's fifth special comedy in three years, produced for Netflix, with complete control by Chappelle. While each special has been met with critical acclaim, each has dug a hornet's nest of self-directed anger belonging to overly sensitive Twitter users, bloggers and "comedy reporters" who now believe that comedians should adhere to the code of alertness.
Chappelle succeeds, however, because he simply does not back down. He does not apologize. He makes jokes – really funny jokes – and no matter how much angry tweets and horrible reviews, he keeps going.
The first four special tests stubbornly test the waters of how Chappelle can function in the new world of censored, sensitive to all comedy. Many jokes come across transgender people, racial issues, and other "taboo" topics, but the success is there. More importantly, the laughs are there.
Stick and Stones looks internally at how Chapel's return has affected the new land of spearheads, and he seeks a specific goal with a great comedic blow, trying to prevent him from being him.
"Is this really the world you want to create?" He asks the crowd after jokingly telling them that they are "celebrity hunters" in order to take down everyone for everything they said at any time. he addressed previous criticisms of his jokes about transgender people and said, "Alphabetical People [LGBTQ]" specifically explained it. "They hate my f-cking gut," he says, before embarking on a hysterical analogy about how many different kinds of people, somehow united in letters, will be understood in a long car trip.
Chapel's continued success
Chapel succeeds in his unwillingness to bend. Sticks & Stones leaves no stone unturned, as it skillfully finds humor in every silly, crying criticism it hears. He laughs at his own jokes and asks viewers to ask if he really knows how to say the name of Jussi Smolet. I do not want to rewrite the artist's jokes here and deprive him of his craft and delivery, I will simply say that the special is an involuntary rebellion.
As an endeavor to the fans at the end, it includes a short epilogue that includes questions from the audience from people who saw the Broadway special in New York. The New York Times famously embraces Chapel's brief engagement to Broadway, saying that he "has not yet adjusted his material to the situation: he is still defending wealthy, famous peers and joking about transgender purposes."  Audience questions range from silly, to hysterical, to serious inquiries about comedy and Chapel history. His answers, often intended to be funny, also offer a surprising look at his illustrious career, with some touching up to the point, including a brief homage to the late Charlie Murphy, a collaborator of Chapel in the Chapel Show.
Stick and Stones is just further evidence that Chapel did not return to accommodate anyone. He came back to make people laugh and once again he succeeded.