Deep in the Heart of Texas: Dave Chappelle Live at Austin City

Synopsis: Dave Chappelle gives his stand about racially charged run-ins, celebrity scandals and fatherly dilemmas in his stand-up set at Austin's Moody Theater.
Director(s): Stan Lathan
  1 nomination.
66 min

And then an old white guy stepped out

of the crowd and said,

"Young man, if you're going to fill out

a police report,

I would like to come with you

and do the same."

I said, "You guys would do that for me?"

And the whole crowd said, "Hooray!"

I said, "Come on, y'all!"

I looked like Malcolm X

going to see Brother Johnson

with a trail of white people.

Unreal. An hour later,

we were all sitting in the police station,

and the police came in.

They were like, "Well, Mr. Chappelle...

sixteen identical police reports.

We ran the tags. Two young men

that had their mother's car.

We have all four suspects in holding,

and the mother is here.

It's up to you. Whatever you want to do.

If you want to press charges,

we'll move forward.

Mr. Chappelle, are you okay?"


Sorry about that, Officer.

I'm a little flustered.

I've never been in a position

where I could decide the fate

of white children before.


it's weighing heavy on me, sir.

And I really can't decide."

And I saw a lady pacing back and forth

in the hallway,

and I said, "Is that--"

He goes, "Yes, that's their mother."

"Can I speak to her

before I make a decision?"

And when the mom came in

and she saw it was me,

she busted out crying.

"Oh, God. Oh, no.

I don't want him to go to jail.

I am so sorry.

I didn't raise him to do this.

We love your comedy.

We love you at the house."

I said, "Miss, please, just--

All right, look.

I don't necessarily want your son

to go to jail, either.

But what he did was pretty fucked up.

So, is there something we can do,

short of jail,

just to let him know that he's wrong?"

She said, "I don't know.

What did you have in mind?"

"Miss, I've never been

in this position before.

Oh, you know what we could do?

I don't know if I'm asking too much.

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Dave Chappelle

David Khari Webber Chappelle (; born August 24, 1973) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer. After beginning his film career in 1993 as Ahchoo in Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights, he landed supporting roles in box office hits including The Nutty Professor, Con Air, You've Got Mail, Blue Streak and Undercover Brother. His first lead role was in the 1998 comedy film Half Baked, which he co-wrote with Neal Brennan. Chappelle also starred in the ABC TV series Buddies. His comedy focuses on racism, relationship problems, social problems, politics, current events, and pop culture. In 2003, Chappelle became more widely known for his sketch comedy television series, Chappelle's Show, also co-written with Brennan, which ran until his retirement from the show two years later. After leaving the show, Chappelle returned to performing stand-up comedy across the U.S.In 2016 he signed a $20 million-per-release comedy-special deal with Netflix, which has released four of his specials.By 2006, Chappelle was called the "comic genius of America" by Esquire and, in 2013, "the best" by a Billboard writer. In 2017, Rolling Stone ranked him No. 9 in their "50 Best Stand Up Comics of All Time." Chappelle was awarded an Emmy Award for his guest appearance on Saturday Night Live In 2017. He received a Grammy Award for his Netflix specials The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas. more…

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