Comedian Dave Chappelle, who has kept a pretty low profile for much of the past decade, is going public in a big way with three new stand-up comedy specials that will be released by Netflix.
“Chappelle and director Stan Lathan will produce an original stand-up comedy special exclusively for Netflix, with its premiere date to be announced,” Netflix said in its announcement. “Two additional never-before-seen specials come directly from Chappelle’s personal comedy vault. Directed by Lathan and filmed at Austin City Limits and The Hollywood Palladium, these represent Chappelle’s first concert specials in 12 years and are slated to be released simultaneously in 2017.”
Following a period out of the public eye, Chappelle began a prolific round of live appearances about three years ago, reportedly performing more than 500 shows in the past three years.
Said Lisa Nishimura, VP of Original Documentary and Comedy for Netflix: “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, and we are honored he will mark his global return on Netflix.”