Dave Chappelle Fans, Rejoice: Netflix Sets Release Date for 2 New Stand-Up Specials

Iconic comedian’s first concert films in more than 12 years are on their way this month

Last Updated: March 2, 2017 @ 11:36 AM

Two of Dave Chappelle’s upcoming Netflix comedy specials got an official premiere date on Thursday.

Netflix tweeted early in the day that two of Chappelle’s three planned specials will debut on the streaming service on March 21.

Netflix announced back in November that Chappelle would release three specials in a deal reportedly valued at $60 million. Technically, only one is original, however.

The other two have never been seen before and come from the comedian’s personal vault. Those were filmed at Austin City Limits and The Hollywood Palladium, respectively, and mark Chappelle’s first concert specials in more than 12 years.

The recent first-time “SNL” host will produce the specials alongside director Stan Lathan. His previous comedy specials include “Killin’ Them Softly” and “For What It’s Worth.”

Chappelle is one of the most celebrated stand up comedians of all time, regularly skewering pop culture and race relations in America. He parlayed that success into several acting roles, including starring in and writing the stoner comedy “Half Baked” and the Mel Brooks film “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.”

Most famously, Chappelle co-created the Comedy Central sketch comedy series “Chappelle’s Show.” The show earned rave reviews, but Chappelle left in the middle of production on Season 3 due to creative differences over the direction the show was taking.