Just a week after he made a huge return to television by hosting Saturday Night Live, comedian Dave Chappelle will keep the momentum going with plans to produce a new comedy special that will air exclusively on Netflix.
It’s not clear how much Netflix is paying Chappelle for the special, according to Deadline, but the subscription streaming service already paid $40 million to grab two comedy specials from Chris Rock earlier this year.
Although Chappelle will produce a new special focused on a post-Trump America in 2017, Netflix also earned the rights to two other comedy shows Chappelle did in 2014, which will be released at the same time. Those two specials were filmed at Austin City Limits and the Hollywood Palladium, and were directed by Stan Lathan, the same director who will tackle the new comedy special, too.
Although Chappelle has been mostly absent from television after his abrupt departure from Chappelle’s Show in 2005 on Comedy Central, he has continued to tour the country, with 500 shows in the past three years alone. The shows, according to Deadline reporter Nellie Andreeva, typically sell out within minutes of their announcement.
The three-time Emmy-nominated performer got his acting break in 1993 in Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He then made guest appearances on a number of television shows before launching Chappelle’s Show in 2003.
After two seasons, Chappelle said he was pressured into continuing by Comedy Central, but never wanted to do it. Some sketches were filmed, but before they could air, Chappelle walked away.
The two sides than reportedly had a bitter dispute over what to do with the unaired segments, with Chappelle making it clear if they were aired, he would never return to the show. Comedy Central aired the segments in a repackaged format in 2006.
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