Dave Chapelle under fire for joking about Louis CK's sexual misconduct

Dave Chapelle is being criticised for joking about sexual misconduct in a new comedy special released this week.

The comedian made a comeback on Netflix last year with two comedy specials that saw him accused of transphobia, homophobia and being insensitive to rape victims.

Chapelle has started 2018 with more controversy, particularly around jokes about a fellow comedian's sexual misconduct.

"One lady said, 'Louis CK masturbated in front of me, ruined my comedy dreams'," says Chappelle in a special entitled The Bird Revelation.

"Word? Well, then I dare say, madam, you may have never had a dream. Come on man, that's a brittle spirit."

The segment on Louis CK lasts for nearly 10 minutes and also has Chapelle say he's held to a higher standard of accountability than the female victims.

"Louis was like the turning point. All these allegations were terrible - I shouldn't say this - but his allegations were the only ones that made me laugh," Chapelle jokes.

"I picture all the comics in comedy reading it like, 'Word!' It's terrible, I'm sorry ladies, you're right. At the same time, Jesus Christ, they took everything from Louis. It might be disproportionate, I can't tell."

The jokes have made headlines and been slammed by some on social media - while others are leaping to Chapelle's defence.

Angry tweet about Dave Chapelle

The Bird Revelation is currently viewable for Netflix customers, including in New Zealand.