Dave Chappelle has canceled performances scheduled at Stubbs in Austin, Texas after testing positive for COVID-19, TMZ reports, and Chappelle’s representative confirmed to Pitchfork. The canceled dates were among a handful of the comedian had booked through this weekend. He had already performed the first of the Austin concerts on Wednesday. Tickets are refundable.
“Chappelle has probably been holding socially distant shows in Ohio since June 2020, and he moved those shows to Austin in the winter,” reads a statement from Chappelle’s representative. “Chappelle implemented COVID-19 protocols that included rapid testing for the audience and daily testing for himself and his team. His diligent testing enabled him to respond immediately to quarantine, thereby reducing the spread of the virus. Chappelle is asymptomatic. ”
Chappelle began hosting outdoor, socially distant performances in his current home state of Ohio since June. Among his guests were Common, Tiffany Haddish, John Mayer and several others. After hosting a block party to celebrate the Fourth of July, Chappelle continues the first episode after the election of Saturday Night Live in early November.
Earlier this week, Chappelle was photographed unmasked with Joe Rogan, Elon Musk and Grimes. Grimes wrote about his own recent experience with the virus on January 9th.