His three-special deal with Netflix will change all that. Better still, we only have to wait two weeks for the first two specials to drop. That's truly, deeply special. Pun acknowledged and not apologized for.
Check out the trailer.
Chappelle is coming back at the perfect time. He's always pitched himself as the consummate outsider. Unlike comedians like Key & Peele or Amy Schumer or, say, Patton Oswalt, he doesn't really turn the lens on himself so much as he does the culture. When a comedian like that, sharply observational, always hilariously aggrieved, becomes the culture, that's not a recipe for success. Now he's gone away and we've sort of forgotten just how huge he was.
Also, we have a clown-painted punching bag in the White House. So that's a good thing for any comedian.
A third will come some time in the near future.
Oh, and if you're wondering why he came back now, it's because he's getting a reported $60 million for the three projects.