Dave Chappelle sells Yellowstone benefit show despite backlash

Dave Chappelle performs at a dedication ceremony for the theater honoring the comedian and actor, and to raise money in support of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, on Monday June. 20, 2022.

A three-night benefit concert in support of those in Montana affected by the June floods sold out quickly on Tuesday. Dave Chappelle, despite its controversial status, is due to perform at one of the shows next month. Flooding eventually caused parts of Yellowstone National Park to be closed.

Singer John Mayer, who has a home in Montana, is the mastermind behind the Rise for the River concert and shared that the money raised will go to the Southwest Montana Flood Relief Fund which aims to help Park and Madison counties. The donations will be used to provide emergency shelter, drinking water, food and clothing to those affected by the floods.

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The three concerts, which take place on August 8, 14 and 21, are sold out. Since October 2021, Chappelle has been a polarizing figure with his Netflix comedy special The closest. Some of the jokes in this special have been exposed for promoting transphobia – and it continues to be the subject of controversy.

Last week, a place in Minneapolis canceled a Chappelle show just hours before it was to happen. He ended up being moved to another location in Minneapolis. Chappelle then poked fun at ‘cancellation culture’ and the infamous Hollywood Bowl offensive where he served as surprise opening in New York on Saturday for a performance by Kevin Hart and Chris Rock.

He also received a real goat during the show. As Hart said on Instagram of the show, “Last night was hands down the best moment of my career…I can’t even explain it…I can’t find the words. ..Just know that last night was the true definition of an “EPIC NIGHT”…..I love my brothers more than words can explain.What we did in the Garden will never happen again…We made history last night!!!!!!!!

It seems that all the backlash didn’t slow Chappelle down one bit.

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