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Monday, December 1, 2014

Dave Chappelle performing at the Saenger Dec. 11

Posted By on Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 1:31 PM


Update, Dec. 3: Chappelle has added a third show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12.

Update, Dec. 2: Due to high traffic and demand for tickets (nearly selling out within minutes on the Ticketmaster site), the Saenger added a second show at 10 p.m. on Dec. 11.

Comedian Dave Chappelle will headline the Saenger Theatre next week. The stand-up comic — best known for his skewering hit sketch show Chappelle's Show and conversational, excitable stand-up — returned to performing last year after a hiatus, interrupted by a much publicized departure from the stage during a gig in Hartford, Connecticut, where hecklers shouted quotes from the show. His 2014 return included ten shows at Radio City Music Hall and several drop-in performances in comedy clubs.

Chappelle performs at the Saenger at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. Tickets are $55 and go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 2 via or (800) 745-3000 or the Saenger box office (1111 Canal St.).

It's his first show in New Orleans in 10 years. His sold-out 2004 performance at the UNO Lakefront Arena was interrupted by audience members drunkenly screaming quotes ("I'm Rick James, bitch!") from Chapelle's Show mid-performance, to which Chappelle wove brilliant "yo mama" jokes, among other hilarious insults, at the hecklers. He returned to New Orleans earlier this year to introduce Erykah Badu at Essence Festival.

In a recent interview with GQ, Chappelle said, for his next trick, "I have all these weird fantasies. Going coast-to-coast on my motorcycle and having random barbecues all over America. No show, no nothing. ... And bring your own meat. I just like seeing people, man. I just like meeting people. I like finding out new walks of life and new ideas. Sometimes I just like not doing shit and not being shit."

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