Chappelle is Back

Dave Chappelle stunned comedy fans and the entertainment industry in 2005 when he walked away from his popular Comedy Central sketch series, Chappelle’s Show, along with a $50 million contract. Chappelle’s routines – along with his much-discussed decision to leave all that money on the table and his relative reclusiveness from the screen since then – have made him the stuff of legend.

Well, the legend is back. As was widely reported yesterday, Netflix said Chappelle will return in a new original stand-up comedy special for the streaming service. A premiere date has not been announced. In addition, two other never-shown specials, one recorded at Austin City Limits Live in April 2015 and another at the Hollywood Palladium in March 2016, will be released simultaneously in 2017.

Although the comedy specials will be his first in 12 years, Chappelle did host Saturday Night Live for the first time on November 12. You can watch his opening monologue here:

Chappelle has also performed more than 500 live shows over the past three years.

Chappelle’s Show was renowned for its provocative sketches about racial issues. Here’s one called, Reparations 2003 – Follow Up:

In recent months, Netflix has announced an extensive slate of comedy specials, including two Netflix originals from Chris Rock.


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A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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