SNL has been a launching vehicle for comedians since it premiered on NBC on October 11, 1975. As far as comedic institutions in America go, Saturday Night Live is one of the longest standing comedy shows in the world. It enjoys extraordinary brand recognition, and all comedians, hosts, and artists on the show are coveted by an unending stream of artists looking to make it big in the entertainment industry. During this year’s elections, Saturday Night Live played a crucial role in exposing the state of politics in America, as well as highlight major issues to do with race and the economy through its ingeniously crafted skits and critical commentary. So when Dave Chappelle hosted on November 12, 2016, he delivered the most honest stand-up monolog; and the public loved it. Chappelle delivered punch after punch all through the episode, and it seemed that it was almost the sharpest he had ever been with his unapologetic annotations on the economy, politics, and most of all, race issues.
In this regard, it is no surprise that a little more than a week after delivering such a powerful performance on SNL, Dave Chappelle seems to be gearing up for another lucrative opportunity in his career. According to Variety, Chappelle has received an offer from the American entertainment industry, Netflix to release three new comedy specials. So far, the release dates have not been released yet, but you can imagine the level of anticipation and buzz surrounding the specials after his riveting show on Saturday Night Live.
It has been 10 years since Chappelle did his last Chapelle Show and he has not done another special since he performed Dave Chappelle: For What It’s Worth in 2004. Since then, he had been relatively quiet, only making sporadic cameos and appearances on various TV shows and movies. His fans welcome the news because not only was his performance on SNL exemplary, Chappelle is an exception legendary voice in the field of comedy and his blunt yet searing outlook on life is highly sought after, now more than ever, particularly with the current state of American politics. You can expect the specials to be masterfully crafted and hilarious. According to Netflix’s dean of comedy and original documentary, Lisa Nishimura, Chappelle’s shows promise to be the most projected and expected events in the comedy spectrum this year. Other notable stand-up comedians that have made Netflix their home include Ali Wong, Aziz Ansari, Chris Rocks, Hannibal Buress, among others.