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Dave Chappelle to headline three Netflix comedy specials

By Karen Butler
Comedian Dave Chappelle served as master of ceremonies at the 5th Annual Directors Guild of America honors on September 29, 2004 in New York. He is to star in a trio of Netflix comedy specials for 2017. File Photo by Ezio Petersen/UPI
Comedian Dave Chappelle served as master of ceremonies at the 5th Annual Directors Guild of America honors on September 29, 2004 in New York. He is to star in a trio of Netflix comedy specials for 2017. File Photo by Ezio Petersen/UPI | License Photo

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Three new Dave Chappelle stand-up specials are to premiere on Netflix simultaneously in 2017.

"Dave Chappelle is a legendary voice in comedy -- searing, vital, and now more than ever, essential," Lisa Nishimura, vice president of original documentary and comedy, said in a statement Monday. "Dave's three new specials promise to be some of the most anticipated events in comedy, and we are honored he will mark his global return on Netflix."

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Chappelle -- former star of The Chappelle Show sketch-comedy series -- recently earned raves for his guest-hosting stint on Saturday Night Live.

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