Dave Chappelle: The Closer

Watch Dave Chappelle: The Closer

  • TV-MA
  • 2021
  • 1 hr 12 min
  • 7.9  (28,660)

Dave Chappelle's The Closer is a standup comedy special that showcases the signature style of the hilarious and provocative comedian. The comedian delves into his thoughts on current events, cancel culture, gender and sexuality, and race in America, all delivered with his trademark wit and humor. Filmed in Detroit, The Closer is Dave Chappelle's sixth Netflix special since 2017.

Throughout his hour-long comedic set, Dave Chappelle covers a range of topics and issues currently trending in society, and in doing so, he splits his audience at times. The topic most likely to divide viewers is his commentary on the trans community. He shares a personal account regarding a transgender friend, with whom he was close, who died by suicide, and how that event changed his life. From there, he dives into more complex thoughts regarding gender, and for some, it may prove controversial.

In his style, Chappelle brings a refreshing perspective on these complex topics, offering viewers a chance to laugh and reason about them. His humor, as always, walks the razor-thin line between outrageousness and hilarity, often using a deliberately offensive approach to incite laughter in his audience.

The Closer offers several moments of hilarity, some of which have since gone viral. For instance, Chappelle imagines a world where he transitions to become a women with hilarious results. He also gives his take on the COVID-19 pandemic, from his initial reactions to his own experience with the virus.

Chappelle's delivery and timing keep the audience entertained and engaged throughout. He's a master storyteller with a particularly unique approach to comedy. Anchored in wit which can land anywhere between relatable or controversial –The Closer meets the high comedic expectations of the viewers.

The special is also significant in that it features an introduction dedicated to Daphne Dorman, a friend of Chappelle's who passed away after the taping of the comedian's last special, which was dedicated to her. The Closer includes a raw and emotional tribute to Dorman, and it exemplifies Chappelle's compassionate side, also bringing a sense of authenticity to the piece.

The Closer is the sixth Netflix special that the groundbreaking comedian has released, continuing his style of delivering raw, in-your-face comedy that most comedians wouldn't dare to touch. And with views already in the millions, it definitely satisfies viewers' thirst for comedy.

On the whole, The Closer is a true-to-form standup performance from Dave Chappelle, hilariously highlighting many sensitive topics and issues, demonstrating that comedy has the power to heal and connect. While its satirical approach to complex, controversial issues might not land well with everyone, it's an hour-long comedy experience that is sure to leave viewers laughing long after the end.

Dave Chappelle: The Closer is a 2021 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 12 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.9.

Dave Chappelle: The Closer
Where to Watch Dave Chappelle: The Closer
Dave Chappelle: The Closer is available to watch, stream, download and on demand at Netflix. Some platforms allow you to rent Dave Chappelle: The Closer for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.
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    1 hr 12 min
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    7.9  (28,660)