At midnight on Tuesday (March 21), Netflix released not one but two Dave Chappelle comedy specials, The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas. So far the comedians big comeback has mostly been showered with praise, although a few have said some jokes were too mean. This specials come from performances filmed in 2016 and 2015 respectively, and there is a third special still to come. That special will debut later this year.
Here's what's being said of the specials:
Variety: “Time and again, Chappelle shows a willingness to dissect his own thinking, share his own foibles and be honest about his mistakes and doubts.
Entertainment Weekly: "His fiery delivery and knack for re-framing social issues couldn’t have returned any sooner. In times like these, there’s a lot of comfort in knowing that one the greatest comedians alive is back to keep a keen eye on things.”
Slate: “The specials were shot in front of thousands, but Chappelle seems most on his game when he’s playing to himself rather than the crowd; he’s his own best audience. As engaging as it is to see him perform, it’s even more electrifying to watch him think.”
Complex: “The ability to be important in two mediums is rare for a stand-up comic. Only a few are able to be legends in two games. I’m not sure if he’ll ever get back into movies or television, but Chappelle’s current stand-up run is that of the goats. I can only imagine how ridiculous the third installment of this series is going to be.”
One publication was not feeling Chappelle's return so much:
Paste: “Chappelle’s reputation rests heavily on the notion that he’s smarter and funnier than anyone else in the game. This… is not smart. It’s ignorant. It’s lazy. It’s cruel.
Twitter was also lit wit Chappelle reactions:
You can check out both of Dave Chappelle's specials exclusively though Netflix.