• Dave Chappelle surprises Charlotte couple with free tickets on Valentine’s Day

    Dave Chappelle made one couple’s Valentine’s Day very special. Deidra and Eddie Dickens from Charlotte, North Carolina were more than surprised when Chappelle approached their Valentine’s Day dinner to deliver tickets to his show at The Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

    Deidra, in an effort to surprise her husband for Valentine’s Day, specifically bought four wheelchair-accessible tickets. Her husband regularly uses a wheelchair, and she wanted to make sure he was comfortable with an aisle seat. Realizing tickets were sold out, she tried Craigslist. After sending the seller $500 for the tickets, she never heard from him again, leaving her with an empty pocket and no tickets.

    “They have no empathy or goodness, or I don’t know, maybe no soul,” Dickens told CBS affiliate WBTV.

    WBTV teams with Dave Chappelle for Valentine’s Day surprise

    Coordinating with Chappelle’s team on Thursday, WBTV told the Dickens that an anonymous viewer had donated four tickets to the show, along with a paid dinner at the Omni Charlotte Hotel beforehand. At the dinner, accompanied by cameras, the Chappelle’s Show star popped in to surprise the couple with tickets to his show.

    “Always get your tickets from reliable sources,” Chappelle said as he sat down with the couple and their friends. Shocked to see the comedian, their priceless reactions were caught by WBTV cameras.

    Chappelle, who recently won his second Grammy for Best Comedy Album, told WBTV he was happy to help. “It felt good. It felt like I just got to make something that was wrong right.”

    Dave Chappelle jokes about Kevin Hart, Jussie Smollett

    Chappelle opened the Charlotte show by saying, “We have a lot to talk about.” The legendary comedian discussed the Kevin Hart Oscars controversy, transgender community critics, and the ongoing Jussie Smollett case. During his set, reports came in that police were considering whether or not the Empire actor fabricated his account of being beaten by two men while hurling hate speech. Chappelle joked that it made him want to break a dollhouse over Smollett’s head, referencing the joke at the center of Hart’s controversy.

    “If I ever get in trouble for the things I say, I’ll say it right now: I’m going to apologize,” said Chappelle.

    Kaitlin Tunstall

    Kaitlin Tunstall ’19, of New York, attends the Borough of Manhattan Community College and expects to graduate in the spring of 2019. Kaitlin is an English major with a focus in Journalism and Creative Writing. Having worked as both a freelance writer and college assistant, Kaitlin hopes to broaden her skills into academia and editorial work. After graduation, Kaitlin plans to travel Asia before continuing her studies at a CUNY four-year university.

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