Dave Chappelle is set to headline part of Netflix’s 11-day stand-up comedy mega-festival.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival will take place in over 25 venues and the “Chappelle’s Show” comedian will perform during the stop at the Hollywood Bowl. The event was originally scheduled for last spring, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“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,” said Netflix’s stand-up and comedy formats director Robbie Praw. “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.”
This event will become the first business endeavor Chappelle has inked with Netflix since the recent controversy over The Closer. As REVOLT previously reported, the 8:46 comedian faced criticism from the LGBTQ+ community regarding the remarks he made during his latest Netflix special. Many members of Trans*, a Netflix employee resource group, and their supporters held a walkout in protest of his jokes on The Closer, which were labeled by many as transphobic. GLAAD and several other groups called for the comedy to be drawn from Netflix, however, the streaming giant refused. Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos initially defended the special, but later admitted he “screwed up” by not being more sympathetic to his employees’ sentiments about the content.
Last week, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Chappelle’s former high school, announced that it will move forward with renaming a theater after the comedian, although many students opposed the honor due to his recent controversy.
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