Dave Chappelle returns to stand-up with new Funny or Die tour

(Stefano Paltera / Associated Press)

Dave Chappelle has managed to remain a man of mystery ever since the end of his much-loved Comedy Central series “Chappelle’s Show” in 2005. But after inspiring rumors of a return to stand-up following a series of appearances in March, the comedian is making it official. He’s headlining Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, which will tour the U.S. this fall.

Sharing the bill with Chappelle are the New Zealand music duo Flight of the Conchords, “Daily Show” correspondent Al Madrigal, Demitri Martin, Hannibal Buress, Kristen Schaal and John Mulaney. A second stage will be hosted by Brody Stevens.

The 13-date tour kicks off Aug. 23 in Austin, Texas, and concludes Sept. 22 in Phoenix.

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When Chappelle did three nights at the Comedy Cellar in New York City in March alongside friend Chris Rock, The Times wrote, “In jeans, a white long-sleeve T-shirt and black jacket, his hands frequently reaching for the cigarettes he’s known to chain-smoke, Chappelle captivated the audience, many of them aspiring comedians. And during an exchange with Rock, he made news when he joked about the two of them doing a long-rumored tour together.”

Though Rock is not on the bill for Funny or Die’s comedy tour, this does appear to be the comeback fans have been waiting for. Chappelle is as well-known for his disappearing act as for the comedy series that made him a star.

After walking away from the show and a multimillion-dollar renewal contract, Chappelle has kept a low profile with his family in rural Ohio. But now it looks like Chappelle is finally ready to step back into the limelight.

More details about the tour can be found here.


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