WHAT’S IN A NAME * (Internet Release USA 2022)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì 

What’s in a Name—actually quite good short film for a stand-up speech—presents a bit of amusement along with honesty about the ideals of freedom of speech and expression and the importance of education. It is worth its watch, if for nothing else, than seeing a person courageously speaking his mind to an audience in a most straightforward manner. The speech , given at Duke Ellington School of Arts, ends on the humblest of notes.

Film Poster Courtesy of Google Images


Comedian Dave Chappelle responds to the desire of Duke Ellington to name their arts school after him. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to David Chappelle for making the film possible by providing content. Thank you to Netflix for providing venue to broadcast this speech.


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This speech at Duke Ellington School of Arts is well put together and with its occasional light humor becomes a great work for all involved in its production. 

*Also Known As: Dave Chappelle: What’s in a Name—Speech at Duke Ellington School of Arts

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