Dave Chappelle Tests Positive for COVID-19, Cancels Texas Shows

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Chappelle’s rep confirmed the news, saying the comedian is asymptomatic

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Dave Chappelle, December 2017 (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)

Dave Chappelle has canceled performances scheduled at Stubbs in Austin, Texas after testing positive for COVID-19. The canceled dates were among a handful the comedian had booked through this week and the weekend. He had already performed the first of the Austin gigs on Wednesday.

Chappelle’s representative shared the following statement about the development:

Dave Chappelle is quarantined after testing positive for COVID-19. His remaining shows at Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater in Austin, TX have been cancelled and ticket holders should contact their point of purchase for refunds.

Chappelle has safely conducted socially-distanced shows in Ohio since June 2020 and he moved those shows to Austin during the winter. Chappelle implemented COVID-19 protocols which included rapid testing for the audience and daily testing for himself and his team. His diligent testing enabled him to immediately respond by quarantining, thus mitigating the spread of the virus. Chappelle is asymptomatic.

Chappelle began hosting outdoor, socially distanced performances in his current home state of Ohio since June. His guests included Common, Tiffany Haddish, John Mayer, and several others. After hosting a block party to celebrate the Fourth of July, Chappelle emceed the first post-election episode of Saturday Night Live at the beginning of November.

Earlier this week, Chappelle was photographed maskless backstage at Stubbs with Joe Rogan, Elon Musk, and Grimes, who had posted about her own recent experience with the virus on January 9.



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