Ever-edgy comedians Dave Chappelle and Joe Rogan will stalk the stage at the Smoothie King Center on Sept. 4. Tickets to see the two top-flight humorists go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 25, from $65 to $145 via Ticketmaster.
Chappelle, 47, is arguably the hottest standup comic of the 21st century. He achieved superstardom with “Chappelle’s Show,” a prime-time weekly sketch comedy series in the early 2000s, where he unleashed his cutting commentary on race relations and celebrity.
Though Chappelle suddenly dropped out of the show in 2006 and shirked the spotlight for a few years thereafter, his reputation as America’s premier firebrand only intensified. Since his return to comedy in 2014, Chappelle has made several award-winning concert appearances, hosted “Saturday Night Live” and founded an influential podcast. Predictably, his splintery social commentary has cost him some fans. His remarks about the #MeToo movement and transgender people have alienated some audience members in recent years.
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About the time Chappelle was reaching a national audience with “Chappelle’s Show,” Rogan was becoming a household name as host of the high-adventure reality show “Fear Factor,” in which contestants performed daredevil stunts. Rogan, a quick-witted, muscular, martial arts enthusiast, was perfect at managing the derring-do.
Rogan’s everyman persona and libertarian point of view struck a chord with audiences of his standup concerts and popular interview-format podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” particularly during the polarized past decade. On the other hand, Rogan has made statements, such as reportedly suggesting that healthy young people needn’t be vaccinated against the coronavirus, that turned away some fans.
The combination of Rogan and Chappelle should be a perfect one-two punch. If the laughter in the Smoothie King Center is slightly muffled during the dual performance, it’s only because masks will be required.
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