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Dave Chappelle Decides Against Having Name Attached to High School Theater After Backlash

Dave Chappelle has decided against having his name attached to a new performing arts theater at his old high school, following student backlash to his controversial Netflix comedy special, The Closer.  The Washington Post reported that Chappelle made the announcement at the theater dedication ceremony Monday night at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts […]

Jerrod Carmichael on Dave Chappelle’s Anti-Trans Comedy and Cancel Culture Comments: “It’s an Odd Hill to Die On”

Jerrod Carmichael is offering his thoughts on comedians amid perceived “cancel culture,” in particular Dave Chappelle. In a GQ magazine profile, Carmichael reflected on a text message he received from his 15-year-old niece after he came out to his family. He then publicly identified as gay during his HBO special Rothaniel released in April. The comedian noted […]

Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle Set Joint Stand-Up Show in London

Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle are teaming up for a joint stand-up show in London, a gig that was announced just weeks after both of the high-profile comedians were attacked onstage in separate incidents. The two will co-headline the show at the vast 02 Arena on Sept. 3, with Live Nation organizing what it is […]

Ted Sarandos Defends Controversial Dave Chappelle, Ricky Gervais Specials: “Everything’s Not Going to Be for Everybody”

Ted Sarandos is once again defending Dave Chapelle, as well as Ricky Gervais’ recent controversial comedy special, pointing to Netflix’s position on free speech. In a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times published Saturday spanning everything from bidding wars to his childhood in Arizona, the streamer’s co-CEO spoke about the backlash to the comedians’ […]

Dave Chappelle’s Alleged Attacker Likens Tackle to Will Smith Oscars Slap

Isaiah Lee, the audience member arrested on suspicion of assault after he allegedly rushed the Hollywood Bowl stage and tackled Dave Chappelle, is now comparing what happened to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars. “That’s not right what [Rock] said about [Smith’s] wife, calling her G.I. Jane,” Lee told the New York […]

Dave Chappelle’s Attacker Says He Was “Triggered” by Comic’s Jokes

Dave Chappelle may have been attacked at the Hollywood Bowl earlier this month for the same reason that so many of his fans and media observers assumed. Isaiah Lee, the audience member arrested on suspicion of assault after he allegedly climbed up onstage and charged the comedian, says in a new interview that he was […]

Suspect Arrested in Dave Chappelle Attack Charged With Attempted Murder of Roommate

A man charged in an on-stage attack of comedian Dave Chappelle has also been charged with the attempted murder of a roommate months earlier, authorities said Thursday. Isaiah Lee, 23, has pleaded not guilty in the December stabbing that occurred during a fight at a Los Angeles transitional living facility, the L.A. County District Attorney’s […]

Howie Mandel on Working With Netflix and the “Scary” Future of Comedy: “You’re Not Allowed to Kid”

Howie Mandel may be feeling enthusiastic about his latest project, but there’s plenty in the comedy space that has him much less enthused. The game show mainstay, known for such broadcast hits as Deal or No Deal and America’s Got Talent, is the host of Netflix’s game show Bullshit The Game Show, a trivia competition […]

Dave Chappelle’s Hollywood Bowl Set Won’t Air on Netflix

The most talked-about moment from Netflix’s first-ever comedy festival — perhaps one of the most talked-about moments from any comedy performance in recent memory — isn’t coming to streaming. Netflix announced a list of content being released from its Netflix Is a Joke Fest and Dave Chappelle’s Hollywood Bowl event, where the comedian was attacked […]

John Mulaney Headlines Hollywood Bowl Amid Heightened Security Awareness Following Dave Chappelle Attack

On Saturday night, just four days after Dave Chappelle was attacked onstage at the Hollywood Bowl, John Mulaney took the stage at the iconic Los Angeles venue to heightened awareness around security and safety measures. Performing as part of the Netflix Is a Joke festival, of which Chappelle had also played four nights, Mulaney marked […]

David Letterman Pokes Fun at Dave Chappelle Attack: “How Many of You Would Like to Hit Me?”

David Letterman took the stage for a Netflix Is a Joke Festival event Friday and appeared to respond to the recent attack on Dave Chappelle at the Hollywood Bowl. Letterman hosted a live comedy show from the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles that also featured fellow comics Rosebud Baker, Phil Wang and Sam Morril. At […]

“There’s a Change in the Air”: David Spade on Comedy, Dating and Netflix’s Feedback About His Special

David Spade has never shied away from potentially pushing buttons, and his new Netflix special is certainly no exception, even if he claims to have no intention of spurring debate. The comedian recently dropped Nothing Personal, his first special for the streamer after starring in a number of Netflix films, including 2020’s The Wrong Missy […]