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October 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Chappelle’s first Seattle set: funny, intermittently tense| Comedy review

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Dave Chappelle performs at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket /Invision/AP)

Comedian Dave Chappelle’s 7 p.m. stand-up set Monday at the Neptune Theatre was funny and intermittently tense without clear highlights, a meandering, conversational performance, which the legendary comic could at this point call his own genre. He covered topics such as race and class, poked frequent fun at the grain quinoa (“It can’t fix everything”) and chastised Seahawks fans who overestimate their influence on games’ outcomes (“You aren’t on the team”).

This is a comeback time for Chappelle, known for his aughts-era “Chappelle’s Show” sketch-comedy program, which he famously quit despite a rumored $50 million contract.

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October 10, 2014 at 9:16 AM

With 10 Seattle shows , does Chappelle have a third act in him? | Comedy preview

Comedian Dave Chappelle is back in action, which on one hand is great news. Arguably the funniest person in America during the Bush II era, Chappelle went from being a stoner comic lingering in B-movies to suddenly a household name with his genius-streaked, sketch-comedy program “Chappelle’s Show” (2003-’04). He was a valuable criticizer of racism in America, and a soothsayer about hip-hop, even giving Kanye West his first TV performance. And then, he was gone.

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September 19, 2014 at 12:42 PM

UPDATE: Dave Chappelle to perform 10 shows over four nights at the Neptune Theatre

Comedian Dave Chappelle will perform Oct. 13-14 at the Neptune Theatre. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Comedian Dave Chappelle will perform Oct. 13-14 at the Neptune Theatre. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

UPDATE: Comedian Dave Chappelle will perform 10 shows over four nights, Oct. 13-17, at the Neptune Theatre. Shows are at 7 and 9:30 p.m. each night. Tickets, which cost $55, will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 and are available by phone at 877-784-4849 or online at www.stgpresents.org. The last time the Emmy-nominated comedian came through town he sold out all four nights at the Moore Theatre. My review of his opening-night performance is here.

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October 3, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Tickets announced for a fifth Dave Chappelle show on Friday at the Moore Theatre

Dave Chappelle’s opening-night performance on Tuesday for his four-night stand at the Moore Theatre was legendary. The comedian commanded big laughs and full attention of the audience throughout his hour and twenty minute set. A fifth late show for 9:30 p.m. on Friday has also been added. Tickets are still available to that…

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