September 4, 2004
Showtime airs Dave Chappelle's stand-up special For What It's Worth. Recorded at San Francisco's Fillmore, it earns two Emmy nominations. The routine includes a devastating riff on speaking to high-school students: "You've got to focus! You've got to stop blaming white people for your problems! You've got to learn how to rap or play basketball… Either that, or sell crack. That's the only way I've seen it work."
And he unleashes a viciously self-aware riff about Michael Jackson. "He's a freak," Chappelle says. "Just remember — that when you look at that thing that he calls his face, that he did that for you somehow. Somehow, he thought maybe it will help… if I turn myself into a white — I don't know what the fuck it is — ghoulish creature. He did it for you." Then Chappelle announces that he's also going to get some work done: he's going to Botox the wrinkles out on his balls.