Dave Chappelle
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Chappelle¡¯s standup career is exactly where he wants it to be ¡ª on a platform that grants him full creative control and accepts his demands, like when he requested Netflix cease streaming ¡°Chappelle¡¯s Show¡± due to his grievances over being left out of the original rights agreements with Viacom. Plus, his first four specials with the streamer have earned him at least $60 million. A true comedic visionary, he¡¯s earned the Kennedy Center¡¯s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, as well as a fifth Netflix special, ¡°Sticks & Stones,¡± which garnered both controversy and his third consecutive Grammy for best comedy album. In June 2020, he returned with the riveting Netflix standup special ¡°8:46¡± ¡ª referring to both the amount of time George Floyd was strangled to death under the knee of Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin and Chappelle¡¯s own time of birth ¡ª which the streamer dropped for free on YouTube. After hosting ¡°SNL¡± right after the 2016 election, he led the show again in 2020, the same day President-elect Joe Biden¡¯s win against President Trump was projected.



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'Chappelle's Show' to Be Pulled Off HBO Max at Dave Chappelle's Request, Casey Bloys Says

'Chappelle's Show' to Be Pulled Off HBO Max at Dave Chappelle's Request, Casey Bloys Says

HBO Max is honoring a request by Dave Chappelle to remove "Chappelle's Show" from the streaming service at the end of this year.Casey Bloys, chief content officer of HBO and HBO Max, made the revelation during the keynote conversation on day one of Variety's?Virtual FYCFest."We had a conversation with Dave. I won't get into it, but it's very clear that it's a very unique and specific and emotional issue he's got," Bloys told?Variety's executive editor of TV, Daniel Holloway. "So...


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