It has been 12 years since Dave Chappelle ducked out of the comedy world and now he’s back with not one, but three bold new Netflix specials.
“Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin”, shot at the Palladium in Los Angeles and “Dave Chappelle: Depp in the Heart of Texas”, filmed at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin will be ready to stream March 21 on Netflix.
“They’re stand up specials,” Chappelle told Cheryl Hickey backstage at the Canadian Screen Awards. “I had taped these specials on my own a few years ago and Netflix got wind of them and bought them,” he adds.
“I wasn’t going to put them out,” he continues. “I didn’t want to be on the big stage again, but I’m glad I was ultimately convinced otherwise.”
The comedian, who is currently on tour preparing for a third special (which will also air on Netflix) got candid about what Canadian comedy festival “Just For Laughs” means to him.
“Just For Laughs changed my career,” Chappelle tells Cheryl. “I was maybe 18, 19 years old when I went to the festival the first time, I couldn’t pay my rent when I went and by the time I came back, I had television offers…all that.”
“It was the first major turning point of my professional life,” he continues. “And my artistic life, because it exposed me to more comedians in a weekend than in a year doing stand up.”
The good news for Chappelle fans seems to fit with the streaming services new strategy. Building their comedy line up, Netflix plans to release as many as one stand-up special per week including new material from Amy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Louis CK, Jim Gaffigan, and more.
“Dave Chappelle is a legendary voice in comedy – searing, vital, and now more than ever, essential,” said Netflix executive Lisa Nishimura in a statement. “Dave’s three new specials promise to be some of the most anticipated events in comedy, and we are honoured he will mark his global return on Netflix.”
Chappelle’s first two TV specials will premiere March 21 on Netflix.