Let the Netflix metrics tell it, Dave Chappelle is the comedy special GOAT. In an effort to expand its comedy front, the streaming behemoth ordered 17 stand-up comedy specials this quarter—including Trevor Noah’s Afraid of the Dark, Neal Brennan’s 3 Mics, Cristela Alonzo’s Lower Classy and Katherine Ryan’s In Trouble—with two of them being Dave Chappelle’s Deep in the Heart of Texas and The Age of Spin. A third special from him is coming at a later date. According to a letter from Netflix to shareholders on Monday (April 17), Chappelle blew all their collections of comedy specials out the water.
“We have also stepped up our investment in stand up comedy which we believe can help grow our business, like our original series,” the letter read. “Early results are promising; the triumphant return of a comedy legend in Dave Chappelle: Collection 1 was our most viewed comedy special ever.”
Last month, Chappelle talked to the New York Times about the massive Netflix deal, which reportedly is paying out $60 million for the two aforementioned prerecorded performances and for a third brand new one. “It wasn’t like I made a deal and had to go out and do a lot. I just had to deliver the shows,” he said. “I have hundreds of hours of high-quality audio recording of shows I did after I quit my television show. And then I [taped] three specials — one in Chicago, one in Austin, and one in L.A. Oh, and I also recorded the Radio City shows.”
Well played, Mr. Chappelle.