Netflix Cast Out the Dave Chappelle’s Hollywood Bowl Set From its Comedy Festival

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The most hyped performance from the maiden comedy festival of Netflix, or we can say one of the most popular moments from any comedy stage act in recent years, will not be put for streaming.

Netflix recently revealed that 10 of the performances from its comedy festival will be released on the streaming platform, but Dave Chappelle‘s frenzied set is missing from the titles announced.

On May 10, 2022, Netflix announced the titles coming for streaming on its official Twitter handle:

The bold attack of Dave Chappelle made the headlines during the inaugural annual “Netflix Is a Joke Festival” in Los Angeles, but it seems that it won’t be available on the streaming platform anytime soon.

Before even the Netflix festival started, which took place in different Los Angeles venues from April 28, 2022, to May 8, 2022, the streamer took a clear stance that the four sold-out shows of Dave Chappelle at the Hollywood Bowl were not considered for filming for an upcoming Netflix special. During one of his performances last week, the comedian was assaulted while on stage.

However, the absence of the set isn’t due to the attack. Chappelle had his own filming crew available to record the performance, as a normal practice adopted by comedians while working out new content. The professionally recorded incident of the assault definitely exists and could be made public ultimately in some fashion, however, Netflix hasn’t added it to its future plans.

Though the streaming giant did talk about Chappelle’s performance in its official press release, mentioning the four sold-out stand-up shows at Hollywood Bowl in the highlights of the festival:

“There were so many special moments that are almost too numerous to mention – Bill Burr, Wanda Sykes and Kevin Hart headlining the biggest venues in town, Larry David charming everyone at the Greek, Seth Rogen leading hilarious table reads, free outdoor shows at the Palladium and Chris Rock surprising fans at the Hollywood Bowl. And, of course, Dave Chappelle’s four sold out stand-up shows at the Bowl will go down as one of the biggest successes of the festival. Just look at what we were able to accomplish together.”

The particular incident saw an audience member attacking Chappelle while he was performing his stand-up gig on-stage on May 4, 2022, at the Hollywood Bowl during the Netflix Is a Joke Fest. However, the comic and his security guards tried to neutralize the situation in a kind way, making the event one of the most haywire stand-up comedy shows in history.

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Instead of that, under are some of the many of the specials that Netflix cast off from its 336 comics carrying out 288 shows across 35 venues in Los Angeles in the last couple of weeks. The planned premiere dates are also mentioned for each of the shows on the streaming service:

On 19 May – The Hall: Honoring the Greats of Stand-Up, “an evening to celebrate some of the greatest stand-ups of all time who are no longer with us. John Mulaney honors Robin Williams, Dave Chappelle honors Richard Pryor, Chelsea Handler honors Joan Rivers and Jon Stewart honors George Carlin.”

On 6 June – Bill Burr Presents Friends Who Kill, “a showcase featuring stand-ups curated by Burr.”

On 7 and 12 June – That’s My Time with David Letterman, “each of the six episodes spotlights one comedian, including a 5-minute stand-up set and conversation with Letterman.”

On 9 June – Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration, “the largest-ever gathering of LGBTQ+ comics.”

On 10 June – A Tribute to Bob Saget, “a celebration of Bob’s life in comedy with his friends and family.”

On 11 June – Amy Schumer’s Parental Advisory, “a showcase featuring stand-ups curated by Schumer.’

On 13 June – Pete Davidson Presents The Best Friends, “a multi-comic special hosted and curated by Davidson.”

On 14 June – Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin: Ladies Night Live, “Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda introduce an all-female lineup of comedians.”

On 16 June – Snoop Dogg’s F*cn Around Comedy Special, “original comedy from Snoop, along with sets from legendary black comedians performing at the festival.”

On 23 June – Best of the Festival, “highlights from throughout the 11-day event.”

One of the major special plans doesn’t have an announced air date yet: Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias doing a completely sold and jam-packed show at Dodger Stadium.

After the infamous Will Smith–Chris Rock slapping incident at the 2022 Oscars, Chappelle’s Hollywood Bowl was yet another unfortunate incident that should not have happened. Share your comments about the incident and whether you would like to see that coming on Netflix so that it can see the light of the day.

Lily Bart

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