Dave Chappelle is launching his next creative endeavor in the form of a new podcast. This week, the Grammy Award-winning comedian announced his new podcast series “The Midnight Miracle,” which will be co-hosted by his friends Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey. According to a press release, Chappelle and the two Black Star rappers partnered with the Luminary subscription podcast network to launch the series.
“Making a podcast isn’t the obvious next move for me, but it’s the right one,” Chappelle said in the statement. “‘The Midnight Miracle’ gives you a look into how me and my friends process the world around us, and I think it will change the way listeners think of what a podcast can be.”
The series will give fans “a glimpse into a very interesting season in the lives of the three hosts and their friends, and features guests from among the country’s most influential cultural icons,” the release adds. Chappelle will also stay true to his comedic background, as “The Midnight Miracle” will be punctuated with sketches, impersonations and archival audio clips in “the variety show tradition.”
A soundtrack was also created for the series, which will include music from Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, D’Angelo, Heatwave featuring Johnny Wilder and more.
“The Midnight Miracle” was recorded last year during “Chappelle Summer Camp” in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Chappelle converted a mechanic's garage into a creative space that he dubbed “The Shack,” where over 100 hours of the podcast were recorded in preparation for the series’ first season.
According to the release, “The Midnight Miracle” will premiere in the coming weeks and continue throughout the year with a summer hiatus. Episodes will be available to listen to on the Apple Podcast platform in May.
See the first post from the podcast’s new Instagram account below.