This Sunday, July 6, 2014 file photo Dave Chappelle performs at the Essence Festival in New Orleans. Santa Fe police say a man tossed a banana peel at Chappelle during a show, hitting in the comedian in the leg. Police Lt. Andrea Dobyns says 30-year-old Christian Englander of Santa Fe was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and battery after the fruit throw Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in the northern New Mexico city. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert,File)

This Sunday, July 6, 2014 file photo Dave Chappelle performs at the Essence Festival in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert,File)


NEW YORK (AP) _ Comedian Dave Chappelle is headed back to TV with his first concert specials in a dozen years _ a trio of specials to be released on Netflix simultaneously in 2017.

No exact date was given by Netflix, which said one of the specials is being produced exclusively for the network. Two additional never-before-seen specials “come directly from Chappelle’s personal comedy vault,” Netflix said.

Chappelle’s comedy career includes movie roles in “The Nutty Professor,” `’Con Air” and “Blue Streak.” In 2003, he achieved heightened fame and critical acclaim as mastermind of his Comedy Central sketch series, “Chappelle’s Show,” until his abrupt exit in its third season.

Earlier this month, he made his hosting debut on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” mixing one-liners with serious jabs at race relations and politics.

 

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