Dave Chappelle Opens Up About His Netflix Special, Hosting ‘SNL’ & More

We were all hyped at the news of Dave Chappelle hosting SNL. He didn’t let us down either, providing one of the best opening monologs in show history and providing some memorable sketches as well. Today Dave Chappelle is back, this time around sitting down with The New York Times to speak about his upcoming plans and specials he has in the works. He even spoke about Chappelle’s Show and the fame it brought, stating: “A lot of times when you’re a famous dude, you don’t really feel like a person is actually looking at you. They’re looking at the phenomenon that you’ve become. Every once in awhile, a person will engage with you, and you’ll be like, O.K., this person actually sees me. But I didn’t want the headache or the scrutiny. It was too much for me at that point. I felt like after I quit my show, the crowds could actually see me.”

He went on to say “The audience recalibrated with me. They listened to me again. And it was great. I started playing clubs again just because I enjoyed it. It was reaffirming a love for [stand-up]. It was important for me to do that. I needed that. I loved it. In the last few years, I’ve found an altitude I’m comfortable with.” He also dove into speaking about his SNL performance, passing along some advice from fellow comedian Louis C.K. as well. Check out the in-depth interview right here, right now and let us know what you think in the comments. Stay tuned for much more coming soon!


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