Dave Chappelle’s Comedy Show was cancelled by a Minneapolis Venue after a slew of objections
There will be no Dave Chappelle show on Wednesday at First Avenue in Minneapolis since the club’s management has apologised for scheduling the comedian in the face of backlash.
First Avenue’s Instagram account released a message saying that Chappelle’s performance will now take place at the Varsity Theater, which is also located in Minneapolis, where the star had already been booked to do two sets on both Thursday and Friday of this week. After booking comedian Dave Chappelle for his Netflix special The Closer, which has been the focus of backlash due to jokes regarding the transgender community, First Avenue issued an apology.
“The Dave Chappelle show tonight at First Avenue has been cancelled and is moving to the Varsity Theater,To staff, artists and our community, we hear you and we are sorry. We know we must hold ourselves to the highest standards, and we know we let you down. We are not just a black box with people in it, and we understand that First Ave is not just a room, but meaningful beyond our walls.”
“The First Avenue team and you have worked hard to make our venues the safest spaces in the country, and we will continue with that mission. We believe in diverse voices and the freedom of artistic expression, but in honoring that, we lost sight of the impact this would have.”
In a tweet, Varsity Theater confirmed that Chappelle will now appear on Wednesdays as well. “Dave Chappelle Fans, this is for you!” The performance originally set for First Ave has been rescheduled for Varsity Theater.