Dave Chappelle won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album for his dual recordings The Age Of Spin & Deep In The Heart Of Texas, at the 2018 Grammy Awards Sunday night. Chappelle said he was honored to win an award, finally, and thanked everyone at Netflix, Saturday Night Live, Chappelle Show, Live Nation and his family. This was Chappelle’s first time being nominated for the Grammy and he was up against some stiff competition as all the nominees are comedy superstars. Chappelle’s album beat out Jim Gaffigan, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman and Kevin Hart for the Grammy this year.
If you’re looking to purchase the album, good luck finding it. Amazon has it listed as only available in vinyl and temporarily out of stock. Most likely that’s because only a handful of vinyl pressings were made, and most likely only to qualify the recording as an album. You can, however, watch both hours on Netflix, or just listen to them.
These two performances were Dave’s first live releases in 12 years and fans couldn’t wait to get their eyes on them when they were released earlier this year. Reportedly Netflix paid Chappelle $60 million for a deal to release material with them, news that has rocked the business in a few ways (see Amy Schumer and more recently Mo’Nique who had a few complaints with their own compensation, by comparison, this year).
Released simultaneously, Deep in the Heart of Texas was recorded at Austin City Limits Live in 2015, while The Age of Spin was recorded at the Hollywood Palladium in 2016. We put The Age of Spin on our list of the top 10 specials released in 2017, praising it for its brilliant structuring, and rich, hilarious storytelling that serves as a jumping off point to discuss issues of celebrity, judgment, race, rage, political correctness, reality television, heroes and villains.
Both hours have become somewhat old news when Chappelle released two more killer hours on New Years Eve this year. Congratulations to Dave Chappelle on a well-deserved win.