In case Dave Chappelle’s recent detour out of the country wasn’t enough of an indication, his 2004 comedy special makes it clear: He’s not a fan of being famous – at least, not on terms that aren’t his own. For What it’s Worth is, besides extremely funny, a great look inside of the head of a man who has just bitten off more than he can chew. You get the impression that he doesn’t know whether to be grateful for or fed up with the endless stream of people offering him their best Rick James impression. Chappelle touches on a number of topics throughout the hour, and the time just flies by. How many comics today can blast Elizabeth Smart in defense of R. Kelly and make a completely sensible argument in the process?

Extras: Footage of Chappelle honing his act in smaller clubs.

DVD Grade: A-

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Dave Chappelle: For What it’s Worth is currently available.