Netflix will get three Dave Chappelle stand-up specials next year, hallelujah
Oh, thank the sweet Netflix gods for something smart to watch as the country basically gets flushed down the toilet by the Trump administration. On Monday, Netflix announced three new Dave Chappelle stand-up specials, which means there will be a voice of reason to help everyone cope as chaos ensues. Chappelle hosted Saturday Night Live the weekend after the election, and it was a much needed reminder that we need people like Chappelle who aren’t afraid to mince words or talk about the things that make us a little uncomfortable, right now at this very moment.
Sure, he ended his monologue by saying he could give the incoming president “a chance,” which was a little disappointing, but since we know Trump is going to fail everyone in the next four years, at least Chappelle will have a platform to call him out and make us laugh through the tears.
Or maybe not. There are no release dates yet for the specials, but the streaming network did confirm that one of the three will be filmed exclusively for Netflix (read: new). The other two were previously filmed at Austin City Limits and the Hollywood Paladium and are coming from Chappelle’s “personal comedy vault.”
They’ll be the first taped specials since Dave Chappelle: For What It’s Worth came out in 2004. Jesus, if that doesn’t make you feel old AF, I don’t know what will. New or not, it will be nice to have Chappelle back in our living rooms. And it also proves that Netflix really does know what’s good for us. Lisa Nishimura, the VP of original docs and comedy for Netflix, told Variety, “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.”
Remember, this is the guy that gave us “The Racial Draft” back in 2004. If there was a ever a time for him to make a comeback, it’s this very moment. In addition to signing on with Chappelle, Netflix also signed a deal with Chris Rock for $40 million last month to make two stand-up specials for 2017. It’s not like Netflix means to do a public service — signing on big names for exclusive specials is a strategic move for the company — but if that means giving space to voices like Chappelle and Rock, it can do whatever the hell it wants.