Dave Chappelle Collaborates With Netflix To Produce ‘Chappelle’s Home Team’ Comedy Specials


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netflix teams up with Dave Chappelle once again, but this time it will feature some of his favorite comedians from across the country.

The series of four comedy specials will be called The local Chappelle teamand will kick off with a special from Washington comedian Earthquake on February 28. Chappelle will serve as the series’ executive producer and will feature each of the veteran comedians, per Variety. Other producers attached to the series include Earthquake, Rikki Hughes, Jermaine Smith and Stan Lathan, who is also directing.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time and comedians like Quake and Donnell are not just friends but have inspired my own career,” Chappelle said when announcing the specials. “Everyone in the comedy community knows these names and knows that their finest hour is long overdue. I’m proud to be a part of this moment.” The as-yet-undated second episode will feature starring Donnell Rawlings.

Chapel attracted a lot of criticism for his last special with Netflix, The closest. He dedicated a significant portion of the special to discussing the LGBTQ+ community, specifically targeting trans people. “I’m team TERF. I’m okay, I’m okay man. Sex is a fact. You have to see it from a woman’s perspective,” he said in the special. , though he later said “trans women aren’t women” before immediately making comments that saw him contradicting himself.

Elsewhere in the special, he acknowledged that he “shouldn’t talk about it”, although he does anyway. He also lamented “cancel cultureand said people “more powerful than me” had been “cancelled.”

Despite the controversy, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos defended Chappelle and said that “screen content does not translate directly into actual harm”. There was a big fallout from the controversy, with many Netflix employees expressing their disapproval of the special’s content. That’s not the only controversy Chappelle has faced lately, however. The comedian provoked negative reactions when he protested an Ohio town’s plans for affordable housing in the area.

“Dave Chappelle didn’t kill affordable housing. Concerned residents and a responding village council have ‘killed’ a half-baked plan that never delivered affordable housing,” a Chappelle representative said. TMZ shortly after, the clip of him at a town hall circulated on Twitter.

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