Netflix has announced that “Chappelle’s Home Team,” a series of standalone comedy specials featuring comics picked by Dave Chappelle, who serves as executive producer. The series will debut on February 28 with a set from Washington comedian Earthquake.
Chappelle will appear in each special to introduce the comedians, all of whom have worked for more than three decades. Titled “Earthquake: Legendary,” the first Earthquake special deals with health as wealth, prostate exams, and child discipline.
Besides Chappelle, executive producers include Earthquake, Rikki Hughes, Jermaine Smith, and Stan Lathan, who also serves as a director.
The second special, whose premiere date has yet to be announced, features Donnell Rawlings, another Washington comedian.
“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. “Everyone in the comedy community knows these names and knows their time to shine is long overdue. I’m proud to be a part of this moment.”
Chappelle is a controversial name in showbiz, especially since the release of ‘The Closer’, his comedy special which debuted in October last year. In the special, he addressed his long history of joking about the LGBTQ+ community, particularly trans people, but doubled down on his offensive humor. Notably, he called himself a member of “Team TERF” (a term that stands for “radical trans exclusionary feminist”) and shared an anecdote about beating up a lesbian woman. His words, along with Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos’ (later retracted) statement that “on-screen content does not directly translate to harm in the real world”, sparked widespread protests, including from Netflix employees, three of whom were suspended and later reinstated. More recently, Chappelle made headlines for helping kill an affordable housing plan in his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio.