Comedy Special Review: Dave Chappelle returns with a pair of explosively funny specials

Dave Chappelle is back for real. That’s the very welcome message delivered this morning by a pair of comedy specials, part of a three-special deal the comic inked with Netflix. Deep In The Heart Of Texas (recorded in Austin in 2015) and The Age Of Spin (filmed in L.A. in last year), come on the heels of Chappelle’s much-heralded Saturday Night Live hosting gig this past November, and are just as triumphant. Signaled by his now-infamous departure from Chappelle’s Show in 2005 and the decade outside the spotlight that followed, Dave Chappelle is unquestionably in charge. In charge of his career, his message, and, as is evident in these two sets, his instrument.

In both specials, Chappelle is as relaxed and confident as he’s ever been, casually smoking and crouching on a stool while resting his feet on the stage speakers, his loose demeanor in …

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