Dave Chappelle, after generally laying low for the past eight years, is returning to high-profile touring by co-headlining Funny Or Die Presents The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Tour, a five-weekend comedy tour happening later this summer.
Since leaving his immensely popular Comedy Central sketch program “Chappelle’s Show” mid-way through the third season in 2005 due to burnout, Chappelle has remained an elusive figure. Living in Ohio with his family far away from the “death-grip” of Hollywood, he has occasionally performed around the country during the past decade to varying reception. But a string of impromptu shows in February, where Chappelle performed at The Comedy Cellar in New York with Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, and others fueled rumors that he would go on tour.
Finally, his long-waiting fans, remembering the good ol’ days by watching “Chappelle’s Show” sketches and Dave’s stand-up excerpts on YouTube, will have their wishes granted as the Oddball tour plays 13 cities in five weeks starting on August 23 in Austin, Texas. Other performers on the roster include Al Madrigal, Brody Stevens, Chris D’Elia, Demetri Martin, Hannibal Buress, Jim Jeffries, John Mulaney, and Kristen Schaal. This is the first time that Funny or Die has launched such a large-scale tour.