Dave Chappelle returning to TV with three new comedy specials on Netflix

Dave Chappelle is headed back to TV with a trio of specials that will be released on Netflix in 2017.
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First he tackled “Saturday Night Live,” and now groundbreaking comedian Dave Chappelle has his sights set on Netflix.

The Internet TV network announced Monday that the comedian, along with director Stan Lathan, would produce a new stand-up comedy special for Netflix in 2017.

But wait, there’s more.

Netflix will also air two never-before-seen specials from Chappelle’s comedy vault, featuring performances filmed at Austin City Limits and the Hollywood Palladium. These releases will be Chappelle’s first concert specials in 12 years.


“Dave Chappelle is a legendary voice in comedy — searing, vital, and now more than ever, essential,” said Lisa Nishimura, vice president of original documentary and comedy at Netflix. “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.”

The announcement comes just weeks after Chappelle’s successful stint hosting the post-election episode of “Saturday Night Live,” which attracted the show’s highest ratings in the last three years.

No premiere date has been announced for any of the upcoming specials, though the performances from Chappelle’s archives are expected to debut simultaneously in 2017.

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