Live Nation Comedy in association with Real Comedy have announced that American stand-up comedian and actor Dave Chappelle will be bringing his brash brand of comedy to the continent for the first time with three shows in South Africa. In 2017, Chappelle celebrated 30 years in comedy by releasing four highly anticipated stand-up specials on Netflix along with a companion double-feature vinyl comedy album. He has since netted two television Emmy Awards, a Grammy, and Pollstar’s Comedy Tour of The Year Award. Best known for his groundbreaking television sketch comedy program ‘Chappelle’s Show’, Chappelle has since established himself as arguably one of the most popular touring comics on the U.S. circuit — selling out shows within minutes of the announcements. In October, he makes a remarkable appearance in the remake of the film ‘A Star Is Born’.
He will be performing in three cities:
- Cape Town on November 27 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest
- Durban on December 4 at the Durban ICC
- Johannesburg on December 5 at Teatro at Montecasino
Tickets go on sale Thursday, October 4, at 9am from bigconcerts.co.za and Computicket.
Dave Chappelle is a stand-up comedian and actor whose trademark wit and sharp irreverent social commentary most often explores race, popular culture, sex, drugs, politics and fame. His career started at age 14 when he began performing stand-up comedy at nightclubs while studying Theater Arts in high school in Washington, DC.
In 1991, shortly after graduating from high school, he moved to New York where he was quickly heralded as the next big thing. At 19 years old, Chappelle made his film debut in ‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights’. Following a brief stint on the ABC TV series ‘Buddies’, Chappelle appeared in a series of breakthrough roles – ‘The Nutty Professor’, ‘You’ve Got Mail’, ‘Undercover Brother’ and the cult flick ‘Half Baked’, which he co-wrote with Neal Brennan. In 2000, the comedian recorded his first successful hour-long HBO special, ‘Dave Chappelle: Killin’ Them Softly’, at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC. Chappelle was the mastermind behind the 2003 sketch comedy hit, ‘The Chappelle Show’ (2003-2006) – one of the highest rated programs on Comedy Central. The show earned three Emmy nominations and went on to become the bestselling TV show in DVD history.
Chappelle returned to television on November 2016 to host an episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’, for which he won an Emmy Award as outstanding guest actor in a comedy series. In March 2017 streaming giant Netflix released two highly anticipated specials, ‘The Art of Spin’, and ‘Deep in the Heart of Texas’. He capped off the year by releasing two additional stand-up specials on Netflix: ‘Equanimity’ and ‘The Bird Revelations’. He recently won an Emmy for ‘Equanimity’.
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