Three of the world’s biggest comedians – Dave Chappelle, Louis CK and Ricky Gervais – all released specials that caused controversy over the past year. While all three have received Emmy recognition in the past, only one of them received approval Tuesday for their latest high-profile work. Chappell’s controversial Netflix special “The Closer” has been nominated for a Variety Special and a Variety Special to direct.
Chappelle’s “The Closer” drew criticism for language that was criticized as transphobic and caused a walkout on Netflix. Yet Dave has defended the work, with a recent 40-minute speech released on Netflix last week. Despite the controversy, “The Closer” received two Guild Award nominations from both the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America at the beginning of the year. Prior to this, Chappell has won five Emmys. He was also approved last year for “8:46 – Dave Chappelle” in the Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) category.
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CK’s “Sorry,” which came out in 2021, was her second self-released special since her career slowed down after she admitted to sexual misconduct in 2017. His first special since entry, 2020’s “Honestly Louis CK,” won Best Comedy Album. Grammy. Through his career, CK has won six Emmy Awards. Most recently, he got nod for his standup for “Louis CK 2017” in 2017.
Gervais’s 2022 special “Supernature” received a blow for mocking trans people. The comedian has won two Emmy Awards in the past and was last approved for standup in 2009 with “Ricky Gervais: Out of England – The Stand-Up Special”. Gervais has consistently dismissed the controversy, writing most recently on July 9 Tweet“Thank you to everyone who watched and laughed at #SuperNature, and everyone who saw and complained about this. You all helped it become the most watched special in the world.”
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