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Dave Chappelle pops up in Houston for surprise appearances at House of Blues

Dave Chappelle pops up in Houston for surprise shows at House of Blues

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Chappelle is shocking Houston with a surprise show.   House of Blues/Facebook

UPDATE: LiveNation has announced three new Chappelle shows at House of Blues in the Bronze Peacock Room. Chappelle will perform on Friday, October 18; Saturday, October 19; and Sunday, October 20. Tickets are limited and are available online

UPDATE: Due to enormous demand, Chappelle has added another show at 10 pm Wednesday, October 9, at House of Blues in the Bronze Peacock Room — with a rumored third show on Thursday, October 10. (LiveNation representatives cannot confirm a Thursday show, as of Wednesday.) 

Tickets go on sale for the now-confirmed Wednesday show at 3 pm Wednesday, October 9 online at Ticketmaster.

(Editors note: This headline has changed to reflect the additional performances.)

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Houston fans of Dave Chappelle are all abuzz, with news that the comedian popped into Rudyard’s for an impromptu set on October 7. But locals who missed him are in luck, as the comic has announced a surprise show on Tuesday, October 8, at House of Blues (1204 Caroline St.).

Tickets for Chappelle’s show go on sale at 3 pm online at the House of Blues site in the Bronze Peacock Room; the 18-and-up show starts at 11 pm.

Enigmatic and controversial, Chappelle is furiously frank when it comes to race, social class, and sexual dynamics. (To wit, his take on language: “Every black American is bilingual,” he has said. “All of them. We speak street vernacular and we speak 'job interview.’”)

He has come under fire for his recent Netflix special, Sticks & Stones, in which he riffs on transexuals and offers eye-raising takes on misogyny. The show caused some to deride the comedian, while passionate fans have maintained that Chappelle is simply exercising his right as a button-pushing jokester.

A disciple of legend Richard Pryor, Chappelle rocketed to fame in 2003 with his Comedy Central TV series, Chappelle’s Show, which offered up viral sketches such as a hapless blind Ku Klux Klansman and a hysterical account of musician Prince playing basketball.

He has starred in several standup specials (his 2000 special Killin' Them Softly is a comedy master class) and also in Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, a concert documentary directed by dreamy surrealist Michel Gondry. He has also stolen scenes in movies such as You’ve Got Mail, Half Baked, and Con Air, and made myriad appearances on late night TV, where he often shares his not-so-secret love of marijuana.