Dave Chappelle is making a comeback and he’s kicking things off as one of GQ’s cover models for their annual "Men Of The Year" issue.
The comedian hasn't done an interview in about ten years but decided to open up to theme’s magazine about his plans to head back into the spotlight.
After spending the summer doing stand-up comedy for his adoring fans, he’s ready to let people back in to the fold.
"I mean, I’ve been out here doing comedy the whole time. But if certain people don’t see you, it’s not that you don’t exist, it’s just that they haven’t seen you. People are always like, 'I heard you moved to Africa.' And in reality I was only there for about two weeks," he says.
"I think that’s probably my natural disposition. Obviously, in some situations or places, I’ll be way more guarded. But I feel good this week. I had a nice week at home. I’ve been on the road nine out of the last twelve months this year, which was the most I’ve done in years, so I’m more accustomed to being around people. You know, for a while, I was kind of sequestered. Well, sequestered is not the right word. It was more like Superman’s self-imposed exile."
Chappelle’s stint at Radio City Music Hall was the perfect stepping stone for his big return to comedy.
"I have a show-business bucket list. There’s just certain things that every entertainer always dreamed of doing. When I was 19, I used to walk up Sixth Avenue and look at the marquee of Radio City," he explains.
"I'd see the lines outside. I’d be like 'Man, I just want to…Radio City!' It just so happened the venue was open during the same time frame I was willing to play."
Now, he has his sights set on re-conquering the small screen on his own terms.
"For one year, I want to do this thing where I guest-star on as many television shows as I possibly can," he says.
"I'd be a zombie on 'The Walking Dead.' A corpse on 'CSI.' I'd be the first black guy to f**k Olivia Pope on 'Scandal'..."