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Netflix will NOT stream Dave Chappelle's sets from their Netflix Is a Joke Festival


One of the biggest headlines coming out of the first annual Netflix Is a Joke Festival in Los Angeles was the brazen attack of Dave Chappelle, but don’t expect to see that on the streaming service anytime soon.

Before even the festival began – which ran in various venues in Los Angeles from April 28  through May 8 – Netflix made it clear that Chappelle’s four sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl were not being filmed for a future Netflix special.

Chappelle did have his own cameras there to film his performances, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which were filming the comedian as he worked out new material during the performances.

No special: One of the biggest headlines coming out of the first annual Netflix Is a Joke Festival in Los Angeles was the brazen attack of Dave Chappelle, but don't expect to see that on the streaming service anytime soon

No special: One of the biggest headlines coming out of the first annual Netflix Is a Joke Festival in Los Angeles was the brazen attack of Dave Chappelle, but don’t expect to see that on the streaming service anytime soon

Netflix: Before even the festival began - which ran in various venues in Los Angeles from April 28 through May 8 - Netflix made it clear that Chappelle's four sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl were not being filmed for a future Netflix special

Netflix: Before even the festival began – which ran in various venues in Los Angeles from April 28 through May 8 – Netflix made it clear that Chappelle’s four sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl were not being filmed for a future Netflix special

The report adds that, ‘professionally shot footage of the attack likely does exist,’ and it’s possible Netflix could utilize it in some way.

Still, there are no immediate plans to use the footage of the attack, which happened last Tuesday night.

Chappelle was in the middle of his set when a 23-year-old man named Isaiah Lee, jumped on stage and tackled the comedian.

Attack: The report adds that, 'professionally shot footage of the attack likely does exist,' and it's possible Netflix could utilize it in some way

Attack: The report adds that, ‘professionally shot footage of the attack likely does exist,’ and it’s possible Netflix could utilize it in some way

He was quickly pulled off Chappelle by security and taken into custody by the LA County Sheriff’s office.

He was booked on a single felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon, since he had a weapon in his bag, though he didn’t use it on Chappelle. 

His bail has been set at $30,000, though it was later revealed that Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón refused to charge Lee with a felony.

Custody: He was quickly pulled off Chappelle by security and taken into custody by the LA County Sheriff's office

Custody: He was quickly pulled off Chappelle by security and taken into custody by the LA County Sheriff’s office

Chappelle: He was booked on a single felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon, since he had a weapon in his bag, though he didn't use it on Chappelle

Chappelle: He was booked on a single felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon, since he had a weapon in his bag, though he didn’t use it on Chappelle

Instead, he was charged with several misdemeanor counts including battery, possession of a weapon with intent to assault, unauthorized access to the stage area during a performance and commission of an act that delays an event or interferes with a performer. 

The festival featured 336 comics performing 288 shows across 35 venues in Los Angeles, with Netflix announcing some of the specials that are coming from the festival, one of which will feature Chappelle in a different capacity.

The Hall: Honoring the Greats of Stand-Up will debut on May 19, which honors legendary comedians that have passed away.

Charged: Instead, he was charged with several misdemeanor counts including battery, possession of a weapon with intent to assault, unauthorized access to the stage area during a performance and commission of an act that delays an event or interferes with a performer

Charged: Instead, he was charged with several misdemeanor counts including battery, possession of a weapon with intent to assault, unauthorized access to the stage area during a performance and commission of an act that delays an event or interferes with a performer

The Hall will feature John Mulaney honoring Robin Williams, Dave Chappelle honoring Richard Pryor, Chelsea Handler honoring Joan Rivers and Jon Stewart honoring George Carlin.

Bill Burr: Friends Who Kill debuts on June 6, while June 7 and June 12 will debut That’s My Time with David Letterman, with each of the six episodes honoring a different comedian, including a five-minute stand-up set and a conversation with Letterman.

Other specials include Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration (June 9), described as, ‘the largest-ever gathering of LGBTQ+ comics,’ with A Tribute to Bob Saget (June 10) featuring, ‘a celebration of Bob’s life in comedy with his friends and family.’

Dave: The Hall will feature John Mulaney honoring Robin Williams, Dave Chappelle honoring Richard Pryor, Chelsea Handler honoring Joan Rivers and Jon Stewart honoring George Carlin

Dave: The Hall will feature John Mulaney honoring Robin Williams, Dave Chappelle honoring Richard Pryor, Chelsea Handler honoring Joan Rivers and Jon Stewart honoring George Carlin

Amy Schumer’s Parental Advisory debuts on June 11, followed by Pete Davidson Presents: The Best Friends on June 13, ‘a multi-comic special hosted and curated by Davidson.’

Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin: Ladies Night Live (June 14) features, ‘Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda introduce an all-female lineup of comedians.’ 

Snoop Dogg’s F*cn Around Comedy Special (June 16) is an, ‘original comedy from Snoop, along with sets from legendary black comedians performing at the festival.’

The final announced special is June 23’s Best of the Festival, featuring highlights throughout the Fest, though the biggest special has no date yet – Gabriel ‘Fluffy’ Iglesias’ sold-out show at Dodger Stadium.

Festival: The final announced special is June 23's Best of the Festival, featuring highlights throughout the Fest, though the biggest special has no date yet - Gabriel 'Fluffy' Iglesias' sold-out show at Dodger Stadium

Festival: The final announced special is June 23’s Best of the Festival, featuring highlights throughout the Fest, though the biggest special has no date yet – Gabriel ‘Fluffy’ Iglesias’ sold-out show at Dodger Stadium

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