Dave Chappelle Is Returning To Netflix Despite Being 'Cancelled'
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Dave Chappelle is coming back to Netflix for a new stand up show despite his last one attracting a lot of controversy.
The veteran comedian will be headlining a show at the Hollywood Bowl for the Netflix Is a Joke Festival next year.
It will be an 11-day comedy festival that will see more than 130 artists perform across 25 venues in Los Angeles.
And Chappelle will be one of the jewels in this festival's crown.
He'll appear with 'friends' at the Bowl while Kevin Hart headlines at the Crypto.com Arena and Gabriel 'Fluffy' Iglesias performs at Dodger Stadium.
Netflix's director of stand-up and comedy formats, Robbie Praw, said in a statement: "It's absolutely thrilling for Netflix to be hosting a comedy festival of this magnitude in Los Angeles.
"We were so disappointed to postpone the event last spring and our line-up of comedians can't wait to bring much needed laughs to audiences in LA and around the world on Netflix.
"Netflix Is A Joke Festival is going to give comedy fans the opportunity to see the greats and discover new voices in one of the greatest cities in the world."
The festival had to be postponed twice because of the pandemic, meaning Chappelle's inclusion vastly predates the controversy surrounding his Netflix special The Closer.
That stand up performance caught the ire of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies over some choice comments from the comedian.
He declared he was 'Team TERF' and backed J.K. Rowling's comments that 'gender is a fact' before going on a distasteful comparison of a trans woman's genitals and fake meat.
Chappelle faced calls for The Closer to be pulled from Netflix, however the streaming service stood its ground and insisted that the comedian was free to push the boundaries in the name of comedy.
Netflix co-CEO Te Sarandos said in a memo: "Chappelle is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long standing deal with him.
"We don't allow titles on Netflix that are designed to incite hate or violence, and we don't believe The Closer crosses that line.
"I recognize, however, that distinguishing between commentary and harm is hard, especially with stand-up comedy which exists to push boundaries.
"Some people find the art of stand-up to be mean-spirited but our members enjoy it, and it's an important part of our content offering."
The Netflix Is A Joke festival will feature an 'LGBTQ+ Celebration' with Margaret Cho, Sandra Bernhard, Wanda Sykes and others.