WASHINGTON — No comedian in recent memory has created so many pop-culture staples in so short a time with such stinging satire on race relations.
It weaves together two live gigs from Chappelle’s vault: “The Age of Spin” from March 2016 at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Palladium and “Deep in the Heart of Texas” from April 2015 in Austin, Texas.
The trailer shows Chappelle spitting jokes about the rise of ISIS, meeting O.J. Simpson shortly before the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and how unhealthy diets kill more black men than terrorists.
The double-stand-up performance is Chappelle’s first comedy special in 12 years, part of a reported $60 million deal with Netflix that will see a third comedy special arrive in the coming months.
Along with his postelection hosting of “Saturday Night Live” back in November 2016, this marks Chappelle’s long-awaited return after infamously walking away from a reported $50 million offer from Comedy Central for a third season of his hit sketch-comedy series “Chappelle’s Show” in 2005.
It’s doubly exciting for D.C. folks, as Chappelle was born in D.C. in 1973, before graduating from Washington’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts in 1991. From there, he landed minor film roles in “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” (1993), “The Nutty Professor” (1996) and “Blue Streak” (1999).
Still, it was Comedy Central’s “Chappelle’s Show” (2003) that made him an instant comedy legend, thanks to laugh-out-loud bits that spoke volumes about society with truly daring social commentary.
So, as you gear up to watch the Netflix special, what were the funniest bits from “Chappelle’s Show?”
Click through the gallery below for the hilarious countdown!
WARNING: Videos contain explicit material, including racial slurs, for purposes of social commentary.