Dave Chappelle performing in Atlanta Nov. 21, screening doc about pandemic shows

"Saturday Night Live" guest host Dave Chappelle during the monologue on Nov. 6, 2020. (Will Heath/NBC/TNS)
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"Saturday Night Live" guest host Dave Chappelle during the monologue on Nov. 6, 2020. (Will Heath/NBC/TNS)

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Dave Chappelle in recent years has preferred to do multiple shows at smaller venues like the Tabernacle instead of doing a single show at a bigger venue.

But the comic, who has been getting flak from the LBGTQ+ community for his commentary about the trans community on his latest Netflix special “The Closer,” is going big. He’s coming to State Farm Arena for a single show on Sunday, Nov. 21 that will include a screening of a Chappelle documentary as well as jokes and commentary from Chappelle and “friends.”

Chappelle said several film distributors dropped the “Untitled” movie after the controversy flared up. This, he said, is a way to get the film to his fans. The film chronicles how he opened up a live show venue in an Ohio cornfield last summer featuring many big-name stars including Sarah Silverman, David Letterman, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart and Louis CK. Both the Atlanta Comedy Theatre and Laughing Skull Lounge owners Gary Abdo and Marshall Chiles also spent time in Ohio with Chappelle in 2020.

So he’s doing this 10-city tour instead.

“I desperately want people to see this movie, but I understand why investors would be nervous,” Chappelle said on social media. “You will be able to see this movie in its entirety and you can see what they’re trying to obstruct you from seeing and you can judge for yourself.”

Tickets are on sale now for $59.50 to $259 apiece.

In “The Closer,” Chappelle called gender “a fact” and said he was a “TERF,” or “trans-exclusionary radical feminist.” Many Netflix employees, unhappy with how Netflix chief Ted Sarandos supported Chappelle, walked off the job for a day earlier this month.

Chappelle last fall, in preparation for his appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” spent several days at Atlanta Comedy Theatre in Norcross refining his monologue.

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