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Entertainment: Dave Chappelle Excelling Despite Covid 19 Pandemic

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Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle

Comedian Dave Chappelle has been organizing Series of concerts despite the effect of Covid 19 on the world and mostly live event organizers.

On August 25, he hosted a benefit concert in Dayton to support the victims and families affected by the August mass shooting in the city. The event, called Gem City Shine in a nod to the city’s nickname, was free and took place three weeks after nine people were killed in the downtown Oregon District.

Speaking on the event, Dave said

“Dayton, Ohio, no matter what’s going on, no matter how tough these times get, we hold our heads up high, because we know what we’re about,” he said.

“And we’re not just doing this for our city,” he added. “We’re doing this for every victim of every mass shooting in our country.”

The event featured performances from star artiste like Kanye West, Thundercat, Jon Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Chance the Rapper, Talon Kweli, and special appearance by Nan Whaley.

kanye West Performing at dayton ohio
kanye West Performing at dayton ohio

 

 Dave Chappelle continues with innovative ways to boycott the limitations imposed by COVID-19, by holding a private pop-up event at the Wirrig Pavilion in Yellow Springs, Ohio last week called Dave Chapelle & Friends: A Talk with Punchlines. 

Proper social distancing protocol was in place for the roughly 100 attendees and everyone wore a mask. He followed up with a similar event on June 7 and 8.

Chappelle has historically banned cell phones from his events and A Talk with Punchlines is no exception. While there wasn’t any video of his performance, some of the attendees listed some of the topics he tackled.

“Dave spoke about current events that no one has heard him say before,” attendee Raymond G. Howard of Dayton explained. “Trump, George Floyd, racism, his Netflix specials, a restraining order against a man from Fairborn, and his son getting tear gassed in Beavercreek at a protest.

Dave Chappelle surprised fans by releasing a free comedy, which is currently trending titled 8:46. The 27-minute video was released on Netflix’s “Netflix Is A Joke” YouTube channel with the following message:

“From Dave: Normally I wouldn’t show you some[thing] so unrefined, I hope you understand.”

Chappelle’s special features some jokes but is mostly a candid monologue about the police killing of George Floyd and more.

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