HOLLYWOOD — Dave Chappelle has returned.
The comedian made two stops Wednesday — Hollywood Improv at 10 p.m. and the Comedy Store at midnight — treating crowd of 200 and 20, respectively, to some unrehearsed standup.
Chappelle showed up unannounced to both venues, telling audiences he’d just arrived from LAX and was in the mood to perform, according to reps for both clubs.
A Comedy Central rep said net execs would be sitting down with Chappelle to talk business “really, really soon.” Last month, prexy Doug Herzog reportedly told staffers not to count on the return of “Chappelle’s Show” this year.
AWOL star was spotted last week in his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio, back from his sudden “mental health” retreat to South Africa. Trip caused laffer net to halt production on, and indefintely postpone, the third season of his hit series, originally slated to premiere May 31.
Soon after the comedian went missing, Comedy Central began airing ads for a “Chappelle’s Show No-Show Marathon” that featured a network exec leaving a concerned voicemail on Chappelle’s answering machine: “Hey Dave, it’s Comedy Central. Just wondering where you are. Give me a call.”
DVD for the second season of “Chappelle” just set a record for TV DVD first-day sales (500,000) and first-week sales (1.2 million).