Dave Chappelle returning to Memphis; here’s how and when to get tickets

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John Beifuss, Memphis Commercial Appeal
Published 3:10 p.m. CT Nov. 26, 2019
CLOSEAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideThe acclaimed and controversial comedian Dave Chappelle is returning to Memphis for a Dec. 5 date at the Orpheum.Tickets — $69.50 to $89.50 — go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday at orpheum-memphis.com and the Orpheum box office. The 7 p.m. show was not announced until Tuesday, a day before ticket sales and a little more than one week before the performance date. The lack of advance notice seems to be a testimony to the Chappelle camp’s confidence that the comedian is popular enough to sell out the Orpheum with little advance publicity.The mastermind behind the sketch comedy series “The Chappelle Show,” which Chappelle abruptly abandoned at the height of its success, the comedian has returned to the spotlight in a major way in the past couple of years with four Netflix comedy specials and “more than 1,600 concerts worldwide in the past four years,” according to an Orpheum press release.The release states that Chappelle’s concerts sell out “within minutes of their announcements,” and praises Chappelle for his “trademark wit and sharp, irreverent social commentary (that) explores race, popular culture, sex, drugs, politics, and fame.”Chappelle apparently last played Memphis in 2012, in what at the time was “a rare concert appearance,” according to The Commercial Appeal. “Working largely without the crutch of new material or a true ‘act’ — there were only a handful of set pieces during the entire concert — Chappelle’s rhythms were especially languid, as he paused frequently to summon a new thought or direction,” wrote reviewer Bob Mehr. “Unfortunately, the crowd interpreted these spaces as an invitation to become part of the show. A third of the way through, the whole theater was reverberating with catcalls and shouts from the audience.”Nevertheless, Mehr concluded, “For all its flaws, for all its awkward moments, and despite the tiresome chatter of the crowd, Chappelle’s concert was a triumph, if only to remind us of his mastery of the medium.”Read or Share this story: https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/2019/11/26/dave-chappelle-memphis-2019-orpheum-tickets/4311171002/

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