So you’re hitting December 31st without any New Year’s Eve plans. Netflix has you covered. Come New Year’s Eve, the streaming network will introduce two brand new Dave Chappelle stand up specials.
When Chappelle made his big return last March, fans and critics were a little cooler on his new comedy specials compared to the frenzy surrounding his sketch comedy series years prior. It’s likely the let down will be addressed in in these latest installments, which have been filmed as recently as November. Netflix, after all, has bet $40 million dollars on them.
Dave Chappelle is one of the biggest comedians of the millennium. After a few 90s roles in films like Robin Hood: Men In Tights and Half Baked, Chappelle’s career took off with his influential Chappelle’s Show, which ran between 2003 and 2006 on Comedy Central. After his meteoric rise, the comedian swiftly retired from the limelight, laying low and doing small gigs for the better part of a decade. He made his return in late 2016, hosting an episode of Saturday Night Live, the first episode after Donald Trump was elected president.
Shortly after Dave Chappelle hosted SNL, Netflix announced a partnership with the comedian. For every special Chappelle created for the streaming service, Netflix would pay him $20 million dollars. So it should come as no surprise that two separate specials dropped in March at once: The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas. On New Year’s Eve, Dave Chappelle is doubling up again, with Equanimity and The Bird Revelation.
Personally, I would have dropped the new specials on New Year’s Day. And then called one of them ‘New Year’s Dave.’ But that’s the only reason.