• Dave Chappelle’s Radio City comeback show set for June

    Dave Chappelle’s ongoing comeback will take form of a performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York on June 19. And if we were to guess and if recent history has anything to do with it, the Radio City Music Hall show will sell out almost immediately and at least one date will be added. We don’t doubt that Chappelle could sell 12,000 tickets, the equivalent of two sold-out shows at Radio City. A quick look at the venue’s official site shows the next scheduled event at the New York City landmark is on June 28 so there’s plenty cushion for more Chappelle in the Big Apple.

    In July of last year, Chappelle was scheduled to perform one show at Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival. Since tickets were sold out in mere minutes, nine additional Chappelle shows were added; the veteran performer sold them all out. By the end of Chappelle’s run, he sold 14,221 tickets, breaking Just For Laugh’s 31-year-old record for most tickets sold during the festival.

    Later that summer, he co-headlined Funny Or Die’s traveling Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, along with Flight of the Conchords (who were making their own comeback). And although Chappelle hit some resistance in Hartford, Connecticut due to an aggressively moronic crowd, his string of dates were largely well received.

    Dave Chappelle as Rick JamesTickets for Dave Chappelle’s Radio City Music Hall show go on sale April 4, but if you’re an American Express cardholder you can purchase tickets on April 1 during a special pre-sale. Tickets for the Chappelle show will range between $59.00 and $96.30, before fees, of course.

    Chappelle famously retreated to South Africa in 2005 in the middle of production for the third season of his critically acclaimed Comedy Central sketch comedy series, Chappelle’s Show. He didn’t tell Comedy Central, his closest friends or the show’s producers. “Coming here, I don’t have the distractions of fame,” Chappelle told Time magazine of his trip to South Africa. “It quiets the ego down. I’m interested in the kind of person I’ve got to become. I want to be well rounded and the industry is a place of extremes. I want to be well balanced. I’ve got to check my intentions, man.”

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    Dylan P. Gadino

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