Chappelle’s Show Coming To Netflix

Chappelle’s Show will be hitting Netflix in the US according to a tweet by the streaming platform. Aside from that major headline news, no information on the expected timeline of release for the Comedy Central sketch show’s three seasons has yet been released.

Chappelle abruptly and infamously departed the show in 2005 and retreated from the spotlight for a lengthy sabbatical from show business. While he has popped up infrequently in the years since, it’s on Netflix where he has made his presence most steadily and frequently known in recent years–although his re-emergences have typically been something of a surprise like this announcement.

For example, earlier this year, through Netflix and YouTube, Chappelle released 8:46, a stand-up special filmed a mere 12 days after George Floyd was killed during an arrest in Minnesota. Its title refers to the amount of time a Minnesota police officer had his knee on the neck of Floyd before dying. Prior to this year’s special, Chappelle has also released five specials in similar sudden fashions–with 2017’s Equanimity and The Bird Revelation (specials packed with “scorching new material, self-reflection, and tough love” intended as companion pieces) and 2019’s Sticks & Stones (which locks horns with “gun culture, the opioid crisis, and the tidal wave of celebrity scandals”) being among the standouts.

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Author: David Wolinsky