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Monday, December 12, 2016

Dave Chappelle and Chris Tucker to perform at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 at 10:40 AM

click to enlarge Dave Chappelle performs Feb. 15.
  • Dave Chappelle performs Feb. 15.
Update: Ticket sales have been postponed to Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Another update: The comics announced a second and third show on Thursday, Feb. 16 and Friday, Feb. 17.

Final update, apparently: They added a fourth show. They'll close out the New Orleans run on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Comedians Dave Chappelle and Chris Tucker will headline the Saenger Theatre in 2017. The stand-up comics perform four nights at the theater from Wednesday, Feb. 15 through Saturday, Feb. 18.

Chappelle made his Saturday Night Live debut on the series' first episode following the 2016 presidential election, opening with a stellar, cathartic 10-minute monologue, revisiting some of his characters from his groundbreaking Comedy Central sketch series Chappelle's Show, and reintroducing himself to a massive audience with an acclaimed, versatile performance. Chappelle also recently signed with Netflix to release three stand-up comedy specials through the streaming service in 2017.

Chappelle had been largely on hiatus for a decade until 2014. That year, he performed two shows at the Saenger following a sort of last-minute announcement amid his "return" tour, which included 10 shows at Radio City Music Hall. He paced the stage, smoked, hilariously blasted people in the crowd for shooting video on their phones, and delivered a relaxed, brilliant, devastatingly funny set spanning politics, ISIS, sex, racism and police violence, admitting he had been assaulted by police in New Orleans early in his career. It was his first show in New Orleans in more than a decade; his 2004 show at the UNO Lakefront Arena landed before his departure from Chappelle's Show.

Tucker, meanwhile, was off the stand-up circuit for several years, but he made his return to his high-energy comedy and screen stardom in 2011, appearing in the Academy Award-nominated Silver Linings Playbook in 2012, his first role following the Rush Hour franchise and hit films like The Fifth Element and Friday. Tickets are $59.75-$99.75.

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