Dave Chappelle previews comedy double-header on Netflix: ‘Surprise, it’s me’

Dave Chappelle makes merry with his 12-year absence from television in the teaser trailer for his upcoming stand-up specials on Netflix that start streaming on March 21. “Surprise, it’s me,” he says with a wry smile as he previews the filmed versions of two of his live gigs from years past.

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“Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas,” was filmed at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, TX almost two years ago, in April 2015.  And “Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin” was filmed at The Palladium in Los Angeles last March.

Chappelle continues with the take-no-prisoners approach to comedy that made him a star. He riffs on ISIS (“they’re going to cut your head off”) O.J. Simpson (and his “soon to be slain wife”) and the simple staple that proves deadly to African Americans (“regular ass table salt”).

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Chappelle produced both specials, which were directed by Stan Lathan, an executive producer of his 2004 Emmy-nominated special “Dave Chappelle: For What It’s Worth.” Both of these turns at the mike will put Chappelle in Emmy contention for the first time in more than a decade.

In addition, he could well reap a Comedy Guest Actor bid for his well-received turn as host of “Saturday Night Live” on the first episode after last fall’s presidential election. And he continues to tour the country and is committed to filming at least of these shows for Netflix in the future.

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