Dave Chappelle, in 1999, with the “scandal” still fresh in the nation’s mind, recorded a routine in defense of Monica Lewinsky that put both the event and the hypocrisy of those who would attack her in perspective. If you know it, you know it; if you don’t you can look it up if you want to (his special Killin’ Them Softly is a classic worth watching or re-watching in its entirety). There’s problematic parts of this routine, but the central thesis was pretty spot on. In any case, both people are enjoying impressive second acts and are vital parts of tonight’s screen viewing experience. The nomadic standup released his latest in a series of Netflix specials this morning, while Lewinsky–who should be considered an American treasure for her Twitter feed alone–is the center of a mini-series about her time in the spotlight of which she is a co-producer.
Dave Chappelle: The Closer [Netflix]
In the days the internet and streaming everything, the idea of a shared cultural experience (when it comes to art) is a thing of the past. Unless Dave Chapelle releases a new special. That is an EVENT. Prepare to read analysis, witness breakdowns as there will be controversies aplenty–Chappelle is back with a new stand up set that hits Netflix today. We need Dave’s blistering truth as much as we ever have so welcome back. Reality is a hell of a drug.
Dinner: Impossible [Food, 10p]
Chef Robert Irvine returns for a new season at the world-famous amusement park, Cedar Point. Tonight he’ll serve 150 amusement park enthusiasts in honor of the park’s 150th anniversary.
American Crime Story: Impeachment [FX, 10p]
Linda has been subpoenaed, Monica is on the witness list and Bill Clinton is starting to feel a little nervous. Monica says she’ll just deny that anything has happened, too bad Linda has her on tape.
BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:
- Now here’s a WTF title–but it’s WTF in one of the most gloriously baffled (and genuinely intrigued) manner possible. In the CYOA spirit of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, the new Netflix title Escape the Undertaker is an interactive horror flick centered around that Undertaker, the 56-year-old semi-retired WWE wrestler born Mark William Calaway. From the trailer, we’re not sure what’s going on, but we do know that he is married to another wrestler born Michelle McCool and that it’s a travesty that she took HIS name.