Dave Chappelle’s scheduled performance on Wednesday at the First Avenue venue in Minneapolis will no longer take place, with the club’s team apologizing after it faced backlash for the comedian’s booking.
Hours before the show was due to start, First Avenue’s Instagram account posted a pronunciation announced that Chappelle’s performance would now take place at Varsity Theater, also located in Minneapolis, where the star would already play two sets on both Thursday and Friday. First Avenue’s apology points to apparent criticism of Chappelle’s booking location, which has been the subject of controversy over jokes about the transgender community from his Netflix special The closer.
“Tonight’s Dave Chappelle show at First Avenue has been canceled and is moving to the Varsity Theater,” the First Avenue team said. “To the staff, the artists and our community, we hear you and we are sorry. We know we have to hold ourselves to the highest standards, and we know we’ll let you down. We’re not just a black box with people inside, and we understand that First Ave isn’t just a room, but meaningful beyond our walls.”
The statement continued: “You and the First Avenue team have worked hard to make our sites the safest spaces in the country, and we will continue with that mission. We believe in different voices and the freedom of artistic expression, but in honoring that, we lost sight of the impact this would have.”
Varsity Theater has a . posted pronunciation to Twitter and confirms that it will now also host Chappelle on Wednesdays. Attention Dave Chappelle fans! The show scheduled for tonight on First Ave has now moved to Varsity Theater,” it read in part.
A Chappelle representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.