Dave Chappelle opens up to Chris Rock and Kevin Hart (and pet goats) in New York City just days after Minneapolis canceled his sold-out collection due to his passing jokes
Dave Chappelle took the stage at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday night in a surprise set.
The 48-year-old comic opened to co-stars Chris Rock, 57, and Kevin Hart, 43, for what Hart called “an epic night.”
This comes after the controversial artist’s latest Minneapolis show was canceled due to protests at the city’s First Avenue theater.
UNEXPECTED PERFORMANCE: Dave Chappelle took the stage at Madison Square Garden in New York City Saturday night on a surprise set
TMZ reports that the veteran comedian took to the stage to the tunes of Karma Police Radiohead.
Chappelle puffs a cigarette as he opens to the public without being an introduction.
The outlet noted that the funnyman indirectly referred to the booted Minnesota group joking, “I had to sneak my way in here.”
He reassured fans that “despite what you may have read about in the news, I’m fine, and I appreciate the support.”
Don’t Forget: The 48-year-old stand-up comedy has opened up to co-stars Chris Rock and Kevin Hart for what Hart called an “epic night”
Kevin took to social media on Sunday to think about the show and share three photos.
“Last night was by far the best moment of my career,” he wrote of his interaction with 150 million followers on Instagram.
She gushed, “I can’t even explain it…I can’t find the words…just know that last night was the true definition of an ‘epic night’.”
The comedian praised his friends and colleagues, adding: “I love my brothers more than words can explain. What we did to the garden will never be done again.
Then he declared: “We made history last night!!!!!!!!” Before adding the hashtags, “#ComedicRockStarSh*t #RockHartChappelle.”
New post: Kevin took to social media on Sunday to think about the show and share three photos
Days ago, Dave was scheduled to perform at the First Avenue venue in Minneapolis.
The show space canceled the show hours before it was due to appear, subject to demands by MnUprising, an activist group.
The group described Chappelle as transgender and complained that the artist had “harmed” them with his “anti-transgender views”.
That was enough to convince the historic establishment to abandon the event, despite 1,500 tickets selling for $129.50.
The remaining shows in the city were moved to the Varsity Theatre, as noted in a manifesto from First Avenue.
Backlash: It comes after the controversial artist’s latest Minneapolis show was canceled due to protests at the city’s First Avenue theater.
When he eventually took the stage at the new location, the iconic actor doubled down on his previous statements about the transgender community.
“Comedy is just comedy,” Chappelle said as he stepped onto the stage, also noting that 50 years ago, George Carlin was arrested for his routine performance of “The Seven Words You Can’t Say on TV.”
When he finished his routine, Chappelle urged his fans to greet the runner with love. And although few protesters filed a petition, smiling fans walked away.
Chappelle earned his 12th Emmy Award nomination for Netflix’s The Closer, which released in October and sparked a backlash for its transgender jokes.
BINDING: The show space canceled the show hours before Dave was supposed to appear, subject to demands from MnUprising, an activist group