Dave ‘Chappelle’s Home Team’ Comedy Specials Are Coming to Netflix
Netflix has announced a series of four new comedy specials hosted and produced by veteran stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle, titled The local Chappelle team – reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Each of the upcoming specials will feature a different stand-up comic presented by Chappelle, with the first of four premiering February 28 and giving Earthquake (real name Nathaniel Martin Stroman) center stage.
Another special will put Donnell Rawlings in the spotlight, and all four featured comics have been part of the stand-up scene for at least 30 years.
“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 that their finest hour is long overdue. I am proud to be a part of this moment.”
The series is directed by Stan Lathan, Chappelle’s go-to director, and produced by Chappelle, Lathan, Earthquake, Rikki Hughes and Jermaine Smith.
Netflix’s collaboration with Chappelle has been a big part of the platform’s comedy push. The streamer and its CEO Ted Sarandos stood behind Chappelle after his last comedy special, the October one The closestsparked significant controversy over the comic’s long-running discussion of the transgender movement.
Sarandos backed the program and said it’s “consistent with our comedy offering, it’s consistent with Dave Chappelle’s brand of comedy and it’s… one of those times where there’s something on Netflix that you’re not going to like.”
The closest was announced as the final episode of a special Chappelle six-content package for Netflix.
Chappelle is also slated for a headlining performance at Netflix’s Is A Joke – the streaming platform’s Los Angeles-based comedy festival, which is set to kick off April 28 at the Hollywood Bowl.