With the exception of “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party” and a few select shows, comedian Dave Chappelle has kept a pretty low profile since leaving Chappelle’s Show in 2003. Now, however, Chappelle is headed back on tour as the headliner for the The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Tour, presented by ‘Funny or Die.’
The 5 weekend tour begins later this summer and will also feature comedy/musical act Flight of the Conchords. Other performers include Al Madrigal, Brody Stevens, Chris D’Elia, Demetri Martin, Hannibal Buress, Jim Jefferies, John Mulaney, and Kristen Schaal.
David Chappelle crushed fans when he inexplicably walked away from his popular Comedy Central show. At the time, there were rumors about what triggered Chappelle’s absence, but the comic later set the record straight in an interview with Oprah.
“I felt in a lot of instances I was deliberately being put through stress because when you’re a guy who generates money, people have a vested interested in controlling you,” Chappelle said in 2005.
Chappelle said it eventually got to the point where he didn’t enjoy his show anymore.
“I would go to work on the show and I felt awful every day, that’s not the way it was” he said. “I felt like some kind of prostitute or something. If I feel so bad, why keep on showing up to this place? I’m going to Africa. The hardest thing to do is to be true to yourself, especially when everybody is watching.”
The Oddball tour marks the first time Funny or Die has embarked on a full scale tour. Tickets go on sale June 21.