How’s this for a holiday gift: Dave Chappelle will be dropping not one, but two new stand-up specials on Netflix come New Years. We already knew that Equanimity was going to poke fun at Trump voters, now we’re excited to see what Chappelle has in store for The Bird Revelation.
Earlier this year, the comic released The Age of Spin: Dave Chappelle Live at the Hollywood Palladium and Deep in the Heart of Texas: Dave Chappelle Live at Austin City Limits on the streaming platform, though both had been filmed prior to his deal with the company. They marked his return to mainstream comedy after more than a decade out of the limelight. Netflix is said to have paid Chappelle a whopping $60 million in total, which would entice us to come out of retirement as well.
Chappelle has launched himself back into the spotlight in explosive fashion this year. In addition to his two well-received specials, he also hosted the first Saturday Night Live episode following the 2016 presidential election. The gig drew widespread praise and led to hilarious sketches such as these:
Variety’s Maureen Ryan reviewed Chappelle’s two specials, noting: