Dave Chappelle coming to Pikes Peak Center in September


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So, what's going with Dave Chappelle? First, the big news: He's touring again, and he's coming to Colorado Springs. Otherwise, he's:

• Discussing police encounters with the Associated Press: "A kid gets killed by the police and I buy a T-shirt and before I can wear that one, there's another kid (killed) and I'm running out of closet space."

• Visiting jail to talk to a New Mexican dude who threw a banana peel at him. "According to Englander, Chappelle asked him: 'Don't you know bananas are racist?'"

• Telling jokes, as quoted by spiked-online.com: "‘Black skin is thick skin’, he says, launching into a hilarious, absurd routine about walking into a Kentucky Fried Chicken, unperturbed when he finds all of the staff wearing KKK hoods, before opining on the ethics of ejaculating after your white girlfriend inadvertently drops racial epithets during sex."

But, like we said, he's coming to the Pikes Peak Center on Wednesday, Sept. 16 for a live performance. 
Colorado Springs, CO – Dave Chappelle, known for his popular TV series ‘Chappelle’s Show’ and iconic character roles such as Rick James, will take the stage for one live show, September 16 at Pikes Peak Center.

Tickets to Dave Chappelle go on sale Friday, August 14 at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.PikesPeakCenter.com, all TicketsWest locations by dialing 520-SHOW or by visiting the Pikes Peak Center or Broadmoor World Arena Box Offices.

We are proudly offering pre-event dinners in the ANB Bank Room located on the Mezzanine level at the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts. Call our concierge at 719-477-2102 to make your reservation.

In 2003, Chappelle debuted his own weekly sketch comedy show on Comedy Central called Chappelle's Show. The show parodied many aspects of American culture, including racial stereotypes, politics and pop culture. Along with comedy skits, the show also featured musical performances by mostly hip-hop and soul artists. He promoted the work of other black comedians as well, most notably Paul Mooney and Charlie Murphy.

Due to the show's popularity, Comedy Central's new parent company Viacom reportedly offered Chappelle a $55 million contract (giving Chappelle a share of DVD sales) to continue production of Chappelle's Show for two more years, while allowing him to do side projects. Chappelle has said that sketches are not his favorite form of comedy and that the characteristics of the show's format were somewhat like short films.

In June 2004, based on the popularity of the "Rick James" sketch, it was announced that Chappelle was in talks to portray James in a biopic from Paramount Pictures, also owned by Viacom. James's estate disagreed with the proposed comical tone of the film and put a halt to the talks.

That same month, Chappelle recorded his second comedy special, this time airing on Showtime, Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth, at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium, where his idols, including Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Robin Williams, had performed. He joked about the city being "the gayest place on earth," touched upon an encounter on a public bus, in a New Mexico Wal-Mart, smoking in a strip club, and cultural differences in food and other topics.

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