Dave Chappelle is set to return to Television in 2017 with 3 Netflix Stand up specials. Seems that his SNL monologue was just a teaser for what was to come. If you are a fan like me then this is definitely great news.
His last Special “For What its worth” was released in 2004 over 12 years ago directed by Stan Lathan. He also had the “Chappelle Show” on Comedy Central which he reportedly walked away from a $50 million deal.
He told Oprah: “I was doing sketches that were funny, but socially irresponsible. I felt like I was deliberately being encouraged and I was overwhelmed. It’s like you’re being flooded with things, and you don’t pay attention to things like your ethics.”
And then in an interview with David Letterman in 2014 Letterman asked why he quit and his response was:
“Listen, here it is. Technically, I never quit. I am seven years late for work,” he joked, before discussing the “crazy” label he copped for turning down so much money.
“I look at it like this. I’m at a restaurant with my wife. It’s a nice restaurant, we’re eating dinner. I look across the room and say, ‘See this guy over here across the room? He has $100 million, and we’re eating the same entree,'” he continued. “Okay fine, so I don’t have $50 million or whatever it was. But say I have $10 million in the bank. The difference in lifestyle is miniscule. The only difference between having $10 million and $50 million is… an astounding $40 million!”