Chappelle discussed Trump, Cosby, ‘SNL,’ Prince, and more in a revealing New York Times interview to promote his return to standup - From Blasting News
In the trailer for the specials, one called “Deep in the Heart of Texas” filmed in Austin in 2015 and the other called “The Age of Spin” filmed last year in LA, Chappelle talks about everything from ISIS to OJ Simpson, and promises some fantastic material to mark his comeback.
On the topic of many American comics making similar comebacks to the stage (eg Chris Rock), Chappelle said, “It’s fun to see everybody back.” He then added that “the whole Trump thing makes it harder for comedians.” Clarifying his statement, Chappelle said that Trump is “so skewed, it’s hard to find an angle that sounds fresh,” and that joking about Trump on stage is “almost like you’re part of the chorus and not a soloist.” Basically, there’s no challenge for comedians to carve their own niche on the subject because Trump is so easy to satirise.
The interviewer asked Chappelle about the Bill Cosby situation, because Cosby is one of his idols and key inspirations, and this summer he will stand trial for many allegations of sexual assault.
The comic legend said that before the allegations came out against Cosby, he seemed as though he would just ride out the rest of his life and “just die of old age.
And this happened.” He said, “It’s awful.” So, while Chappelle’s first pair of Netflix specials, “Deep in the Heart of Texas” and “The Age of Spin” (both really cool, really intriguing titles, by the way), are set to be released concurrently this Tuesday on 21 March, he revealed during the interview that his deal with Netflix accounted for three specials, and that a third is on its way later on in the year.