By Darren Franich
Updated March 13, 2013 at 06:50 PM EDT
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It’s been almost eight years since Dave Chappelle walked away from the third season of Chappelle’s Show. Since then, the funnyman has earned a reputation for being a bit of a recluse, living out of the spotlight in Ohio. Although “reclusive” might be a strong word: Chappelle does occasional comedy shows, usually unpublicized, and even gives interviews when the mood strikes him. It’s probably more accurate to compare Chappelle to Bill Murray, another next-level comedy guy whose life appears to be one big “Do What You Feel” festival.

But every couple years, Chappelle seems to make a move back towards the mainstream. A couple years ago, it looked like he was returning to television; that report was later denied. Last year, he joined Twitter…and stopped tweeting almost immediately. Still, hope springs eternal, and the Los Angeles Times has a particularly hopeful report about a possible tour with Chris Rock. Chappelle recently spent three nights at New York’s Comedy Cellar, sharing the stage with friends like Kevin Hart, Marlon Wayans, and Paul Mooney.

At one point, Rock and Chappelle started to talk — first vaguely, but then less vaguely — about touring together. Chappelle said, “After next Tuesday, I’m free for like 11 years.” Rock is filming a movie this spring, but said, “By Halloween I could do dates.” (Chappelle suggested the show could be “Fireside Chats with Chris Rock.”)

When asked about the possibility of the Rock/Chappelle tour, Chappelle’s rep said simply: “I can’t even say.” Which isn’t a no. As the Times points out, the fact that Chappelle did three nights at the Cellar could indicate that he’s looking to stage a larger return. Maybe David O. Russell could cast him opposite Chris Tucker in a movie?

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