Comedian Dave Chappelle, best known for his popular Comedy Central TV program “Chappelle’s Show,” announced a 13-city U.S. comedy tour to kick off in August. But before he hits those dates, he’ll be in Atlanta doing four shows at the Tabernacle.
Beginning Thursday June 27 and continuing with two shows June 28 and another June 29, Chappelle will be entertaining Atlanta audiences with his signature brand of comedy.
Chappelle, who’s generally kept a low profile since the end of “Chappelle’s Show” eight years ago, will headline Funny or Die’s “Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival,” which kicks off August 23 in Austin, Texas. The tour, which also includes Flight of the Conchords, Demetri Martin and Kristen Schaal, will run through 13 cities in five weeks, concluding in Mountain View, California.
The tour is Chappelle’s biggest headlining gig in recent years after keeping most of his appearances to occasional drop-ins at comedy clubs and spots on “Inside the Actors Studio.”
Chappelle remains most famous for “Chappelle’s Show,” a sketch-comedy hit that ran for two full seasons on the comedy channel. Chappelle was scheduled to do a third season, but left midway through its production, telling Oprah Winfrey not long after that he was burned out.
Since leaving Comedy Central after two brilliant seasons, walking away in 2005 from a reported $50 million contract, he has rarely given interviews or made television appearances. It’s been many years since he released a movie or taped a comedy special.
The tour is Chappelle’s most high-profile return to comedy and Atlantans will get to see a sneak preview starting on June 27. Tickets are now available.