Dave Chappelle seems to be doing okay.
He’s basically moved all of his standup specials over to Netflix, where hopefully we’ll get another one soon! He also allowed the streaming channel to add his landmark sketch show, Chappelle’s Show, to their lineup, even after some initial misgivings.
Now he’s branching into something besides streaming…unless podcasts are considered streaming too? Audio streaming? I’m old, I don’t know.
Anyway, the legendary comedian has joined forces with friends and hip-hop stars Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) for a new podcast called “The Midnight Miracle.” Rap fans know Kweli and Bey as the classic hip-hop duo Black Star, and on the second episode of the podcast, the two rappers reunite to make their first music together in over 20 years.
The show launched on Tuesday, May 11th, but it was actually recorded last summer, in Ohio, during Chappelle’s Summer Camp shows, which featured a variety of guests from the music and comedy worlds. The first is free on Apple Podcasts, the second and all subsequent episodes are exclusively available via Luminary.
According to Rolling Stone, the first episode is titled “How to Inspire” and features guests like Radio Rahim, Mo Amer, Chris Rock, Donnell Rawlings, Jarobi White, and Questlove. And episode two, “Gladiator Circus World,” finds Kweli and Bey premiering their first music as Black Star in over 20 years, while Radio Rahim, Questlove, Lamorne Morris, and Jon Hamm make guest appearances.
“Making a podcast isn’t the obvious next move for me, but it’s the right one,” Chappelle said in a statement. “The Midnight Miracle gives you a look into how me and my friends process the world around us, and I think it will change the way listeners think of what a podcast can be.”
This is an interesting perspective considering the podcast will also be made available on vinyl. Not sure what the Venn diagram of people who own record players and people who listen to podcasts looks like, but apparently Dave Chappelle fans are right in the middle.