Dave Chappelle has opened up about his return to stand-up comedy.
In a new interview with fellow comedian Joe Rogan, Dave revealed that his fans’ support helped him get through his recent issues with Netflix acquiring “The Chappelle Show.” While initially being reluctant to speak out, he says that “I think, in the court of public opinion, it was a good time for me to say my piece.”
Chappelle called out Netflix for acquiring the show without paying him and asked his fans not to stream it. Luckily, it appears that he has reached an agreement with the platform.
When Rogan asked Chappelle about “regular people” relating to his feud with Netflix, despite it appearing that he wanted more money from the platform, the comedy icon advised against anyone looking at his situation, or any case for that matter “through the framework of money.”
Rogan asked the 47-year-old what his life was like in the years following his show’s end. He revealed that time was a “humble existence” as he lived suburban life with his children. Chappelle says that he would occasionally do a week comedy residence in Denver and return to his life. Eventually, he realized that he was ready to make a full return.
He also touched on the 2013 Oddball Comedy and Curiosity festival tour and how the experience made him want to continue with comedy, despite not giving his best performance.
“It was a tough tour for me. It was a long show. I had to close it. My chops weren’t as tight as they normally were, but I wasn’t. I didn’t suck by any means. But, you know, it could have been better. It was humbling, but it made me wanna go back.”
Aside from comedy, Dave Chappelle is gearing up to debut his new podcast alongside Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli called “The Midnight Miracle.”