Despite uproar from the public and the cries of an imminent culture war, Netflix is standing by its man. The streamer has confirmed that four new Dave Chappelle specials are on their way, courtesy of a stand-alone series titled Chappelle’s Home Team, but it won’t just be the comedy legend on-stage. The format of the new series will see a number of comics on display, all hand-selected by Chappelle himself.
Unsurprisingly, Chappelle’s Home Team is executive produced by Chappelle and is slated to debut on February 28. The first instalment in the series sees Washington comedian Earthquake, otherwise known as Nathaniel Martin Stroman put his unique spin on the world around him in a show titled Earthquake: Legendary. The first series will also feature performances by Rikki Hughes, Jermaine Smith and Stan Lathan, who is also directing the project. For fans of Chappelle, the man will make a long-awaited, albeit brief appearance, introducing each comic before their set.
“I’ve been doing this a long time and comedians like Quake and Donnell are not only friends but have inspired my own career,” said Chappelle in the announcement. “Anyone in the comedy community knows these names and knows their time to shine is long overdue. I am proud to be a part of this moment.”
The announcement of Chappelle’s Home Team comes after the comedian came under fire for allegedly transphobic comments made in his 2021 Netflix special The Closer. While many criticised Chappelle’s views on transgender issues, others, including Netflix itself, defended him, claiming abrasive humour was always part of the show. Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos refused to take down the special, instead arguing that The Closer did not cross the line into “inciting hate or violence”. The backlash was significant, with some artists refusing to work with the entertainment giant again, but just a few months later, Chappelle is back in action and bringing some friends with him.
The new Chappelle’s Home Team series will premiere on Netflix on February 28. Dave Chappelle is also slated to appear as part of Netflix’s “Netflix Is a Joke” stand-up comedy festival at the Hollywood Bowl in April.