Dave Chappelle to Headline Three New Standup Specials on Netflix

Lester Cohen

Following his major return to the public eye in a generally well-received hosting gig on Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago, Dave Chappelle has more planned for fans in the coming year. Netflix announced today that Chappelle will headline three new standup comedy specials released on the streaming service in 2017.

One of the specials is an original made exclusively for Netflix, produced by Chappelle and directed by Stan Lathan. The other two never-before-seen specials come directly from Chappelle’s “personal comedy vault.” These specials are directed by Lathan and filmed at Austin City Limits and The Hollywood Palladium, and are Chappelle’s first concert specials in 12 years. They are slated to be released on Netflix simultaneously next year.

“Dave Chappelle is a legendary voice in comedy — searing, vital, and now more than ever, essential,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s VP of Original Documentary and Comedy. “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.”

Although not seen on TV too often since Chappelle’s Show ended 10 years ago, Dave Chappelle has been prolific with his comedy touring, performing over 500 concerts in the last three years. And his recent monologue on SNL showed how he has honed his craft, so fans should be in for a treat with these Netflix specials.