Last week, comedian Dave Chappelle marked his return to television by hosting “Saturday Night Live,” the highest-rated episode of the series in three years. He provided a searing, acclaimed monologue at the top of the show and even brought back a host of beloved characters from his acclaimed Comedy Central sketch series “Chappelle’s Show.” But now, Chappelle continues his comeback with even more news: he will premiere three new stand-up specials on Netflix.
Chappelle and director Stan Lathan will produce an original stand-up comedy special exclusively for Netflix, while the other two will be never-before-seen specials from Chappelle’s personal comedy vault. All told, these three represent Chappelle’s first concert specials since 2004’s “Dave Chappelle: For What It’s Worth.” They are slated to be released simultaneously in 2017.
Chappelle is best known for his 2003 Emmy-nominated sketch series “Chappelle’s Show,” one of the highest-rated programs in Comedy Central history and one of the best-selling TV shows in DVD history. Chappelle abruptly left the series in 2005, citing a loss of creative control and an uncomfortable work environment. That same year, Michel Gondry released the documentary “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party,” which followed Chappelle as he threw a block party in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn featuring musical guests like Kanye West, The Roots, Mos Def and more. In the past three years, Chappelle has performed over 500 concerts with shows selling out in minutes.
The complete series of “Chappelle’s Show” is available on Hulu Plus right now.
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