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We can always use more Dave Chappelle, right?
Chappelle — who owns a home in Yellow Springs, Ohio, just a little over an hour northeast of Cincinnati — soon will add another Netflix special to his long line of credits. The stand-up comedian and actor will debut The Closer on the streaming channel Tuesday, Oct. 5.
In a tweet, Netflix describes Chappelle’s special as “the sixth chapter.” The latest installment follows The Age Of Spin, Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Equanimity, The Bird Revelation and Sticks & Stones.
Chappelle is having quite a summer after bouncing back from contracting COVID-19. In June, the comedian was a surprise guest at the Foo Fighers’ concert in New York City and performed Radiohead’s “Creep.” The Foos’ Dave Grohl called Chappelle “my favorite fucking Dave.”
Last week, the Miami Township Board of Zoning Appeals agreed to Chappelle’s request for zoning approval to host shows at Wirrig Pavilion just outside of Yellow Springs Sept. 30-Oct. 31. Wirrig Pavilion is zoned for agricultural, not for commercial use, so special approval was needed.
In 2020, Chappelle hosted a series of socially distanced stand-up comedy and music shows at the pavilion. The celebrity-packed performances were a huge hit throughout the summer into early fall, before Chappelle canceled the remaining shows due to COVID-19. According to Zoning Inspector Richard Zopf, Chappelle was given a temporary exception to hold the public events, overriding restrictions were in effect during the pandemic.
In a 2020 appearance on Saturday Night Live, Chappelle lamented navigating complaints from his neighbors during his shows at the Wirrig. Zopf says some residents in the area feel they were negatively affected by the shows.
This isn’t the first time the comedian has made noise in the small, idyllic town. According to a Facebook post from the Village of Yellow Springs, the future Chappelle restaurant Firehouse Eatery and attached comedy club, Live from YS were recently approved by the village’s planning commission. Yellow Springs Development Corporation agreed to sell the building to Chapelle’s Iron Table Holdings LLC last December.
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