He’s been gone for a long time, but Dave Chappelle is officially back on TV!
In his first comedy specials in over twelve years, Chappelle is headed to Netflix with three brand new comedy specials which drop Tuesday, March 21st, (literally a week from TODAY) so you better not bring your kids!
After stepping away from his historic Comedy Central series, The Chappelle Show back in 2006, Chappelle turned away from the spotlight for a bit. However, in 2014, he started touring again across the country, doing an unprecedented ten consecutive sold-out performances at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. Last fall, for the first time EVER, Chappelle hosted Saturday Night Live giving some hilarious but blistering commentary surrounding the horrors of the 2016 Presidential election. It was SNL‘s highest-rated episode in three years.
It’s clear that Chappelle has no plans to stop now. After inking a $30 million dollar deal over at Netflix ($10 million per special), Chappelle is ready to deliver his particular brand of comedy that we’ve desperately missed on our TV screens for the past decade. With commentary on O.J. Simpson (who apparently is getting out of jail this year), the Black community, and social media among others, these should be some comedy specials to remember. Check out the trailer for yourself below.
Lisa Nishimura, who is the VP of Original Documentary and Comedy over at Netflix said in a statement, “Dave Chappelle is a legendary voice in comedy — searing, vital, and now more than ever, essential. “Dave’s three new specials promise to be some of the most anticipated events in comedy, and we are honored he will mark his global return on Netflix.”
For his specials, Chappelle performed at Austin City Limits and The Hollywood Palladium, and he dug into his personal comedy vault to grab some never-before-seen footage.
Maybe a partnership with Netflix would be a way for Chappelle to return to a sketch comedy show full time. In the meantime, we’re just waiting for March 21st to arrive.