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Dave Chappelle opens for Chris Rock and Kevin Hart after canceled Minnesota gig

Dave Chappelle opened the Chris Rock and Kevin Hart comedy show in New York on Saturday (July 23) after a Minnesota venue canceled its own headlining slot.

Last week, Chappelle’s sold-out performance on Minnesota’s famed First Avenue was canceled by organizers hours before it was scheduled to begin, citing public reactions to the comedian’s joke about the transgender community in his Netflix special The nearer.

The show was moved to the nearby Varsity Theater when outraged fans called First Avenue for canceling a pre-scheduled show following last year’s special.

According to that Daily mailwhose reporter attended the relocated show, Chappelle took the stage last Wednesday (July 20) and criticized those trying to cancel him.

“Comedy is comedy,” he said as he took the stage. “I would respect her more if there was at least one black guy!”

Then he opened Rock and Hart’s Rock Hart: Only headliners allowed Tour show at New York’s prestigious Madison Square Garden on Saturday surprised viewers – one of whom took to Twitter to liken the experience to “seeing the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Sex Pistols at their best in one show.”

Chappelle, 48, who took to the stage while smoking a cigarette, reportedly joked that he “had to sneak in here” before adding: “Despite what you may have read about on the news, it does I’m fine and appreciate the support.”

Hart, 43, called the show “by far the best moment of my career” in a post on Twitter on Saturday, and also shared pictures of the trio together.

His full post read: “Last night was by far the best moment of my career…I can’t even explain it…I can’t find the words…I just need to know that last night was the true definition of an ‘EPIC NIGHT’…I love my brothers more than words can explain. We made history last night!!!”

After the release of Chappelle’s Netflix special The nearer In October last year, the comedian was criticized for a series of comments he made during the show, including that he was “Team Terf” (trans-opclusive radical feminist) and that the LGBT+ community was trying to eclipse the lives of celebrities like to destroy like JK Rowling by “breaking them off”.

However, the television academy deemed the special worthy of an Emmy nomination earlier this month and recognized it The nearer in the Outstanding Variety Special category.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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