Dave Chappelle Set to Perform in San Diego

The comic will hit the stage at Spreckels Theatre in downtown San Diego on Oct. 18

By Monica Garske
|  Friday, Sep 20, 2013  |  Updated 11:33 PM PDT
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Comedian and actor Dave Chappelle is headed to San Diego next month, headlining at downtown's Spreckels Theatre.

The “Chappelle’s Show” funnyman is set to perform on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the venue located at 121 Broadway, #600.

Tickets to the show go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. via LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster.com, at the Spreckels Theatre Box Office or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

Chappelle, 40, is known for his risqué brand of humor.

The 1998 film, “Half Baked,” propelled him into the spotlight. In 2003, he launched “Chappelle’s Show,” his own popular sketch comedy show on Comedy Central.

He abruptly retired from the TV series in 2005, at the peak of its popularity, and reportedly checked himself into a South African mental health facility.

Since then, the comic has stayed largely out of the limelight – that is, until recently.

On Aug. 29 – while headlining the “Funny or Die Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Tour” in Hartford, Conn. – Chappelle rankled fans when he suddenly cut his performance short and sat silently on a stool on stage for nearly a half hour.

He sat on the stool, read from a book and told the crowd he was still getting paid.

According to one witness, Chappelle said the audience was making too much noise, which is why he stopped performing. After giving the audience the silent treatment, he walked off the stage.

The incident left some fans upset and asking for a refund, while others defended Chappelle’s move and blamed the crowd.

After the incident in Hartford, Chappelle has continued to perform with the 15-city “Funny or Die” comedy tour.

At a show in Chicago earlier this month, the comic told the crowd he'll never return to Hartford, adding this punchline:

“I don’t want anything bad to happen to the United States, but if North Korea ever drops a nuclear bomb on this country, I swear to God, I hope it lands in Hartford, Connecticut."

On Friday night, Chappelle will take the stage in Mountain View, Calif., before heading to Las Vegas on Saturday and then Phoenix, Ariz., on Sunday.

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