Dave Chapelle has canceled performances scheduled for Stubbs in Austin, Texas, after being positive for COVID-19, TMZ reports, and a Chappelle spokesman confirmed to Pitchfork The canceled dates were among a handful the comedian had booked this weekend. He had already performed the first of his concerts in Austin on Wednesday. Tickets are refundable.
“Chappelle has been holding safe socially-distance shows in Ohio since June 2020, and he is moving those shows to Austin in the winter,” a Chappelle spokesman said in a statement. “Chappelle implemented COVID-19 protocols, which included rapid testing for the audience and daily testing for him and his team. Careful testing allowed him to react immediately with quarantine, thus mitigating the spread of the virus. Chappelle is asymptomatic. “
Chappelle has been hosting outdoor, socially distanced performances in his current 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 aired the first post-election episode of Saturday Night Live in early November.
Earlier this week, Chapelle was photographed without masks with Joe Rogan, Elon Musk and Grimes. Grimes published about his own recent experience with the virus on January 9.