Jim Gaffigan is defending Dave Chappelle following the release of his controversial stand-up special.
No one was safe in Chappelle’s “Sticks & Stones” special as the comedian poked fun at Michael Jackson’s sex abuse accusers and the LGBTQ community. While Gaffigan does not agree with all the content in the special, he said it is a comedian’s job to test the waters.
“He’s an artist who presents questions, in some ways,” Gaffigan told “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen. “Do I agree with everything he said? No. But I don’t agree with any comedian 100 per cent.”
“There is also something of, I wonder if Dave was kind of poking the tiger just to see the reaction,” he continued. “And he is so brilliant, so maybe he’s ahead of this curve.”
Gaffigan admits he was caught off guard by some of the humour. “I was surprised by some of the jokes, too,” he said. “In a club environment, sometimes the intimacy of that room and you know that he’s a good guy, you give him a pass on it. When it’s on a special, it’s a different thing.”
Chappelle released his fifth Netflix stand-up special “Sticks & Stones” on August 26.