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Dave Chappelle show canceled by ‘woke’ theater, changes venue eventually minute


Dave Chappelle’s Minnesota comedy show will go on Wednesday night — just at a unique venue.

Just hours ahead of the controversial, 48-year-old funnyman’s set, the First Avenue concert venue in Minneapolis announced that the show could be moved to Varsity Theater — also in town — where Chappelle can also be scheduled to perform on Thursday and Friday.

“The Dave Chappelle show tonight at First Avenue has been cancelled and is moving to the Varsity Theater,” the statement posted to social media read.

“To staff, artists and our community, we hear you and we’re sorry. We all know we must hold ourselves to the best standards, and we all know we allow you to down. We usually are not only a black box with people in it, and we understand that First Ave shouldn’t be only a room, but meaningful beyond our partitions.”

The statement continued, “The First Avenue team and you’ve got worked hard to make our venues the safest spaces within the country, and we are going to proceed with that mission. We imagine in diverse voices and the liberty of artistic expression, but in honoring that, we overpassed the impact this might have.

The note also acknowledged that “some is not going to agree” with the choice and so they are “welcome” to send feedback to the venue.

The Varsity Theater, meanwhile, posted its own announcement on Twitter Wednesday evening, saying all First Avenue tickets “will probably be honored” and that they “highly” recommend that audience members arrive early. Quite a few tweeters applauded the venue for not caving to the “woke mob.”

Attention Dave Chappelle Fans! The show scheduled for tonight at First Ave has now been moved to Varsity Theater. Your tickets from First Ave will probably be honored. Doors open at 8PM and we highly recommend arriving early.

This event will probably be a phone-free experience. pic.twitter.com/khrphPmqZo

— Varsity Theater (@VarsityTheater) July 20, 2022

The club’s switcheroo alludes to the backlash it received for booking Chappelle in the primary place on account of the jokes he made regarding the transgender community in his 2021 Netflix special “The Closer.”

“They canceled J.K. Rowling, my God,” he said within the show. “Effectually she said gender was a fact, after which the trans community got mad as s–t, they began calling her a TERF.”

Then he unknowingly sparked outrage, declaring himself a member of “Team TERF” — meaning trans-exclusionary radical feminists.

Dave Chappelle attends the opening night party for “Netflix Is A Joke” on April 28.Getty Images for Netflix

“I agree,” he continued. “I agree, man. Gender is a fact. You’ve got to take a look at it from a lady’s perspective.”

After Netflix walkouts, worker complaints and social outcry, the comedian still defended his joke in an Instagram video, saying in October, “To the transgender community, I’m greater than willing to present you an audience, but you is not going to summon me. I’m not bending to anyone’s demands.”

Netflix billboard above Hollywood Blvd promoting Dave Chappelle's controversial comedy special 'The Closer' Dave Chappelle has faced backlash for his comments concerning the transgender community since his Netflix comedy special “The Closer” dropped on Oct. 5, 2021.GC Images

Still, the project earned Chapelle two Emmy nominations for each variety special and directing for a range special. Nevertheless, he declined to have his name on his highschool’s theater due to drama.

Netflix employees, activists, public figures and supporters demanded that the company take action against Dave Chappelle. Netflix employees, activists, public figures and supporters demanded that the corporate take motion against Dave Chappelle. Los Angeles Times via Getty Imag

He was also memorably attacked onstage by an armed audience member, Isaiah Lee, during a show on the Hollywood Bowl in May.

Moments after the disruption, guest Chris Rock got here on stage and gave Chappelle a hug before saying, “Was that Will Smith?” referring to the latter’s wild, infamous slap throughout the Emmy-nominated Oscars 2022 broadcast in March.

The Post has contacted a representative for Chappelle for comment.

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