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Will Dave Chappelle return to comedy online?

Dave Chappelle has been largely absent from the entertainment scene since 2006, when this photo was taken.
Dave Chappelle has been largely absent from the entertainment scene since 2006, when this photo was taken.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • New Chappelle show would air air via paid subscription service like Netflix, Hulu or Crackle
  • Hulu has been expanding its original programming with sci-fi and comedy
  • Crackle, for its part, already features a roster of comedy shows
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(Mashable) -- Dave Chappelle left many a fan out in the cold when he disappeared from the world of TV comedy in 2005, ducking out of "Chappelle's Show" in its third season.

Now, it looks like he'll be coming back, on the web. The Daily is reporting that Chappelle is concocting a new TV show that would air via a paid subscription service like Netflix, Hulu or Sony's Crackle. The trio are now competing for Chappelle's affections.

Update: Chappelle's people have denied rumors that he will be returning to TV, web or otherwise. "Absolutely untrue," Chappelle's rep Carla Simms told Entertainment Weekly.

Hulu has been expanding its original programming, adding sci-fi and comedy shows. Such shows tend to perform well; Hulu's original series often rank in the top 10 or 20 most-watched series on the days when new episodes are posted.

Netflix has also been getting into original content, inking a $100 million deal for David Fincher's new series, a remake of the classic UK political drama "House of Cards."

And Crackle, for its part, already features a roster of comedy shows.

What do you think? Can Chappelle come back from six years out of the limelight? Is online the right forum in which to do so?

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