It’s no joke how much Dave Chappelle is reportedly making on his new comedy special deal with Netflix.
According to The New York Post’s Page Six, the comedian is making a total of $60 million for delivering three comedy specials to the streaming company in 2017.
“Dave was offered $20 million a special,” an unnamed source told Page Six. “Netflix basically has a war chest for this kind of content. Whether it’s a loss or not, Dave Chappelle’s specials will get a lot of press and bring in new subscribers.”
That would place Chappelle’s deal on par with the reported $40 million deal Chris Rock secured with Netflix for two comedy specials.
A Netflix representative told SPMG Media it doesn’t comment on the financial details of its deals.
The concert specials are Chappelle’s first in 12 years. Two of the specials have already been shot but were never released. The third one will be produced specifically for Netflix. All three are set to release simultaneously in 2017.
The deal follows Chappelle’s hosting debut on “Saturday Night Live” on November 12, which delivered the season’s highest overnight ratings and the best 18-to-49 ratings for the show since 2013.
Chappelle made a huge name for himself while starring on “Chappelle’s Show,” a racially charged sketch show that ran on Comedy Central from 2003 to 2006. Most recently, he’s been trying out new material in an intimate-venue tour.
SOURCE: BUSINESS INSIDER