Dave Chappelle makes a surprise appearance at Liverpool comedy club


Back in Hot Water! Dave Chappelle makes a surprise appearance at Liverpool comedy club following woke uproar over transgender jokes

Dave Chappelle took to the stage with a lengthy stand-up show on Wednesday evening at the ironically named Hot Water comedy club in Liverpool. 

The controversial American comedian had arranged a secret gig on Merseyside ahead of an arena tour across the United Kingdom with Chris Rock, during which he is expected to preview new material. 

His appearance in Liverpool follows predicted uproar over jokes aimed at the transgender community, prompting calls for him to be sacked by streaming service Netflix, who recently announced a series of specials with Chappelle. 

Main man: Dave Chappelle took to the stage with a lengthy stand-up show on Wednesday evening at the ironically named Hot Water comedy club in Liverpool

Hot Water later shared a photo of the comic onstage at the intimate venue, with the accompanying caption: ‘Dave Chappelle everybody….. best club in the world.’ 

Chappelle and Rock are due to perform at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, before two dates at London’s O2 Arena.

The comedian is also taking part in a special tribute concert in memory of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins at London’s Wembley Stadium on September 3.

Chappelle, winner of the 2019 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, has been accused of taking particular aim at the transgender community in his comedy specials, notably in October’s The Closer, which drew protests by activists who said it encouraged discrimination.

Minnesota’s famed First Avenue venue subsequently canceled his show mere hours before he was set to go on, responding to protests from staff and the community over jokes many people have deemed transphobic.

Chappelle’s Wednesday show was switched instead to Minneapolis’ Varsity Theater, where he will also perform on Thursday and Friday.

‘To staff, artists, and our community, we hear you and we are sorry,’ First Avenue said in a statement.

‘We know we must hold ourselves to the highest standards, and we know we let you down. We are not just a black box with people in it, and we understand that First Ave is not just a room, but meaningful beyond our walls.’ 

The performer has doubled down on his jokes and the powers that be at Netflix have cited his “creative freedom” as reason to keep the much-watched show, released in 2021, available.

But his jokes – which have included asserting that “gender is a fact” – have drawn widespread protest at rallies, online and from groups including GLAAD, a media watchdog and rights advocacy group, as well as The National Black Justice Coalition. 

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