An outstanding lineup of entertainers gathered in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to salute Dave Chappelle, recipient of the 22nd annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 27, 2019. The Prize, which is named to honor one of the world’s greatest humorists, was given at a gala performance featuring some of the biggest names in comedy.
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I don't think there's an opinion that exists in this country that's not represented in a comedy club by somebody. Each and every one of you has a champion in the room. We watch you guys fight.
But when we're together we talk it out. I know comics that are very racist and I watch them on stage and everyone's laughing. And I'm like, mmmhmm, that motherf@#$er means that s#%t.
Don't get mad at 'em. Don't hate 'em. We go upstairs and have a beer. And sometimes I even appreciate the artistry that they paint their racist opinions with. Man, it's not that serious.
The First Amendment is first for a reason. The Second Amendment is just in case the first one doesn't work out.