“Comedians have a responsibility to speak recklessly,” Chappelle says in the trailer’s first seconds. “Sometimes, the funniest thing to say is mean. Remember: I’m not saying it to be mean, I’m saying it because it’s funny.” Billed as Chappelle’s “sixth chapter” — meaning his sixth Netflix special overall — The Closer follows 2019’s Sticks & Stones. See the trailer for The Closer below.
Chappelle’s 2021 so far has been mind-boggling, to say the least. Back in June, he joined Foo Fighters onstage at Madison Square Garden for a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep,” and he’ll be headlining a pair of shows with noted COVID vaccine skeptic Joe Rogan later this year (tickets are available through Ticketmaster, if you dare). He also recently became the first comedian to headline Summerfest’s main stage in Milwaukee.