Following Dave Chappelle’s return to television after a 12-year hiatus in the form of his much-lauded “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig two weeks ago, the internet was abuzz with what the comedian would do next. Streaming service Netflix answered the question that was on everyone’s minds when they announced that they would be airing three new Chappelle comedy specials.
Chappelle is working with director Stan Lathan on an original Netflix special, and the air date has yet to be determined. The remaining two never-before-seen specials come from Chappelle’s comedy vault — an Austin City Limits performance from April 2015 and a March 2016 performance at the Hollywood Paladium, both directed by Lathan. These specials are set for a 2017 release.
“Dave Chappelle is a legendary voice in comedy — searing, vital, and now more than ever, essential,” Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s vice presriginal documentary and comedy, told The Hollywood Reporter. “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’s “SNL” hosting debut marked the sketch show’s best rating’s in three years. Joining him in that historic episode was friend and fellow comedian Chris Rock, who had some big Netflix news of his own this year in the form of two specials, set to rack up a record-breaking $40 million.