Dave Chappelle’s comedy show in Minnesota will take place on Wednesday night – just at a different venue.
Just hours before the 48-year-old comedian’s controversial shoot, the First Avenue Concert Hall in Minneapolis announced that the show would be moved to the Varsity Theater – also in the city – where Chappelle is also scheduled to perform Thursday and Friday.
“Dave Chappelle’s show tonight at First Avenue has been canceled and is moving to the Varsity Theater,” read the statement posted on social media.
“To the staff, the artists and our community, we hear you and we are sorry. We know we have to hold ourselves to the highest standards and we know we let you down. We are not just a black box with people inside, and we understand that First Ave is not just a play, but has meaning beyond our walls.
The statement continued: “The First Avenue team and you have worked hard to make our sites the safest spaces in the country, and we will continue that mission. We believe in diverse voices and freedom of artistic expression, but in honoring this we lost sight of the impact it would have.
The memo also acknowledged that “some will disagree” with the decision and are “welcome” to send comments to the site.
The university theater, on the other hand, posted their own ad on Twitter Wednesday night, saying all First Avenue tickets “will be honoured” and that they “strongly” recommend that members of the public arrive early. Many tweeters applauded the place for do not give in to the “awake crowd”.
The club’s switcheroo alludes to the backlash he received for booking Chappelle in the first place due to jokes he made regarding the transgender community in his 2021 Netflix special “The Closer”.
“They canceled JK Rowling, my God,” he said on the show. “Yes, she said gender was a fact, then the trans community went crazy as fuck, they started calling her a TERF.”
Then, unknowingly, he sparked outrage by declaring himself a member of “Team TERF” – that is, trans-exclusive radical feminists.
“I agree,” he continued. “I agree, man. Gender is a fact. You have to see it from a woman’s perspective.”
After Netflix walkouts, employee complaints and social outcry, the comedian still defended his joke in an Instagram video, saying in October, “To the transgender community, I’m more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me. I don’t bend to anyone’s demands. »
Still, the project earned Chapelle two Emmy nominations for Variety Special and for Directing Variety Special. However, he declined to have his name on his high school theater because of the drama.
He was also memorably attacked onstage by armed audience member Isaiah Lee during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl in May.
Moments after the disturbance, guest Chris Rock took the stage and gave Chappelle a hug before saying, “Was that Will Smith?” referencing the latter’s savage and infamous slap in the face during the broadcast of the Emmy-nominated 2022 Oscars in March.
The Post has reached out to a representative for Chappelle for comment.
New York Post