Dave Chappelle thinks Trump is Bad For Comedy
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Chappelle: Trump is Bad For Comedy

Dave Chappelle is making himself available to the media again–as well as to his neighborhood town hall–as we approach the release of two of his Netflix specials. Recently, while in Canada to present an award to “Just For Laughs” at the Canadian Screen Awards, the star comedian caught up with CBC News about the effect the current U.S. president’s having on his line of work.

“Trump’s kind of bad for comedy,” Chappelle told CBC. “Most comics in the States are starting to do the same jokes, just because Trump is so on everybody’s mind. So it’ll be nice when we don’t have to talk about him that much.” Chappelle did acknowledge, however, that comedy ‘has a role’ to play in the Trump era, but the ubiquity of comics’ recent jokes have made it tough for the comedy world to meet that challenge.

We’ll soon know what Chappelle’s idea of a good political joke is. On March 21, Netflix will release the first two (of three) new Chappelle stand-up specials on the same night, the result of a reported $60 million deal he inked with the streaming service last fall.

Elsewhere in the interview, Chappelle discussed finding personal sanctuary in celebrity. “I enjoy celebrity, but it’s not something that I completely trust. You get big enough, they blow you up like a balloon animal, they just twist you into whatever shape they think you fit. So I like to just stay out of the fray and focus on the things about my work that I really enjoy.”

#MakeComedyGreatAgain: Watch the teaser for Chappelle’s 2-special Netflix debut here, and see video footage of Chappelle’s interview here.

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