Dave Chappelle Punches Up

Dave Chappelle Punches Up

According to Nietzsche, maximum nihilism is reached in the overthrow of old systems by actions that amount to total destruction: To be nihilistic, one must lack the capacity to go beyond obliteration. At least since Lenny Bruce's obscenity trial, this has arguably been the role of the comedian in the world of show business: to search, destroy, and savage establishment institutions that the bourgeoisie views as sacrosanct, usually without much concern for empathy or collateral damage.

The problem is, we're so divided today that defining the establishment (especially in comedy) has become as dizzying an affair as distinguishing civilians from enemy combatants in urban warfare.

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