December 4, 2022 | WTOP's Jason Fraley recalls Dave Chappelle's best bits (Jason Fraley)
WASHINGTON — No comedian in recent memory has created so many pop-culture staples in so short a time with such stellar satire on race relations.
Now, the 21st century’s funniest comedian is officially back, as Dave Chappelle returns for a much-anticipated stand-up comedy special streaming exclusively on Netflix starting Tuesday, March 21.
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 the biggest threat to black men is actually salt intake.
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 also 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.
His return is doubly exciting for D.C. folks, as Chappelle was born in the nation’s capital in 1973 and graduated from Washington’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts in 1991. Before long, he landed 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.
Hailed by The Washington Post for “his savantlike ability to name every Best Picture winner in history," Jason Fraley began at WTOP as Morning Drive Writer in 2008, film critic in 2011 and Entertainment Editor in 2014, providing daily arts coverage on-air and online.