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What the Dave Chappelle controversy tells us about the point of comedy

Dave Chappelle is one of the most successful comedians in the world, and his latest Netflix special, ‘The Closer’, reportedly made him $20 million.


The special has sparked a huge amount of backlash, prompting a staff walkout at Netflix, and calls for the special to be taken down. 


This week comedians Cassie Workman and Tom Ballard join The Culture, to help unpack the reignited conversation around free speech, what kind of impact harmful and offensive language can have in the real world, and the purpose of comedy.


Guest: Comedian, actor and musician Cassie Workman

Comedian and podcaster Tom Ballard


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