Release date for two Dave Chappelle specials | ...as Netflix plans a new stand-up offering every week

Release date for two Dave Chappelle specials

...as Netflix plans a new stand-up offering every week

Netflix has announced that it will release its first two Dave Chappelle specials later this month – and confirmed plans to put out a new stand-up show a week for the rest of the year.

The streaming service has three Chappelle specials in the pipeline – his first to be released in 12 years.  Two from his personal archive will be released on March 21, with another to be recorded later.

The first Deep In The Heart of Texas, was filmed at the Moody Theater in Austin in April 201; the second, The Age of Spin, was filmed at The Palladium in Los Angeles in March 2016.

Meanwhile, entertainment website The Verge reports that Netflix plans to steam a new stand-up special each week in 2017 – doubling its offering in the genre.

Last year, the service released 25 stand-up specials, while HBO, the traditional home of such shows, released just three.

British-based comics Jimmy Carr, Katherine Ryan and Frankie Boyle have all released live shows on Netflix, which also signed big-money deals with the likes of Louis CK, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and Amy Schumer.

Their deal with Chappelle’s marks the comic’s first major TV project since he unexpectedly quit his Comedy Central sketch series in 2005.

‘Dave Chappelle is a legendary voice in comedy — searing, vital, and now more than ever, essential,’ said Netflix executive Lisa Nishimura when she announced the specials last year.

 ‘Dave’s three new specials promise to be some of the most anticipated events in comedy, and we are honoured he will mark his global return on Netflix.’

Here is a trailer for the new shows:

Published: 3 Mar 2017

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