Dave Chappelle will join ‘Netflix Is a Joke’ Fest despite LGBTQ controversy

Dave Chappelle is having no problems finding work since the release of his Netflix special “The Closer,” and it doesn’t seem he will be having the trouble any time soon, as his next gig was just announced.

“Netflix Is a Joke” is a huge comedy festival that will play some of the biggest venues in Los Angeles and feature some of the biggest names in comedy today.

The festival had been initially scheduled for March 2, 2020, but had to be rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The new dates for the festival are now set for April 29-May 8, 2022.

Along with Chappelle, the event will feature such big names as Kevin Hart, Jamie Foxx, Bill Burr, Amy Schumer, Gabriel Iglesias, David Letterman, Sebastian Maniscalco, Jerry Seinfeld, and a host of other comedians.

“We were so disappointed to postpone the event last spring and our line-up of comedians can’t wait to bring much needed laughs to audiences in LA and around the world on Netflix,” said Robbie Praw, Netflix’s stand-up and comedy formats director, to Deadline.

Since the release of Chappelle’s latest special, “The Closer,” back in October, the world-famous funnyman has been the subject of some controversy, accused of being anti-LGBTQ. This same controversy appeared to cause some internal conflict within the staff at Netflix, which resulted in the firing of an employee who allegedly leaked confidential data pertaining to “The Closer” and organized an employee walkout in protest of Chappelle following accusations that the comedian was “homophobic” and “transphobic.”

The accusations and controversy surrounding Chappelle and the LGBT community have not affected his relationship with the streaming service. Netflix CEO Tim Sandros defended Chappelle in a company memo, calling him “one of the most popular stand-up comedians today” and saying, “As with our other talent, we work hard to support their creative freedom.”

Chappelle’s headlining of the “Netflix Is a Joke” festival seems to be evidence that the platform is sticking by Chappelle and its commitment to work with him.

In addition to the Netflix gig, Chappelle just wrapped up a tour promoting his film “Dave Chappelle: Live in Real Life.” The film was directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, according to Deadline.

Tickets for the event will be on sale starting December 10, 2022.

The performances will be filmed to stream on Netflix at a later date, according to Deadline.

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