It turns out that Dave Chappelle’s return to television on Saturday Night Live after a 12-year absence was the start of something bigger.
Netflix announced today that they have signed a deal to get the former king of comedy exclusively on their streaming service. In exchange for an undisclosed amount of money, Netflix will be bringing three exclusive comedy specials to their library.
“Dave Chappelle is a legendary voice in comedy — searing, vital, and now more than ever, essential,” Netflix’s VP of Original Documentary and Comedy Lisa Nishimuras said, according to Variety. “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.”
Chappelle had the hottest show in television before he abruptly walked out on the production of the third season of The Chappelle Show. He claimed the stress and pressure were getting to him, and began a self-imposed exile from entertainment. He popped up every once in a while, and continued to do some stand-up comedy when he felt like it, but for the most past, he stayed out of the public eye.
Chappelle and director Stan Lathan will produce an original stand-up comedy special exclusively for Netflix, with its premiere date to be announced. Two additional never-before-seen specials come directly from Chappelle’s personal comedy vault. Directed by Lathan and filmed at Austin City Limits and The Hollywood Palladium, these represent Chappelle’s first concert specials in 12 years.
Quite frankly, this is great news and we can’t wait!
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