Dave Chappelle (@DaveChappelle) performed standup comedy last night, June 12th, 2012 in Memphis TN, at the famous Orpheum Theatre. After being on hiatus from his very popular Comedy Central show, The Chappelle Show, and after a long media showdown of rumors, he decided to hit the scene with a last minute stand-up performance, which quickly turned into a sold-out show. Funnyman Prescott, DJ for Memphis’ K97, opened the show with a comedic performance fit for Memphis natives and Devin Steele, also a Memphis DJ with K97, set the tone playing everything from Beastie Boys to Tupac to keep the crowd hype.
It was definitely a diverse crowd from old school comedy lovers to a large University of Memphis student turnout. There is no doubt that fans of all ages have been missing Dave Chappelle out on the comedy scene. Dave first opened with, “Now I ain’t got any jokes for yall.” He spoke about Memphis favorites such as “Hustle and Flow,” riding his bike through “the hood” and staying at the Peabody Hotel. He mentioned his hiatus and spoke about his family and taking a break. He had ladies yelling, “Take off your shirt” because of his new toned look. He also had a crowd member throw him a bottle of the all popular, Fireball, cinnamon whiskey on stage, which he joked about but actually kept. He got plenty of laughs from the crowd, but one thing that was not only an annoyance, but also a downfall of the show, was the hecklers. You would hear a shout from one person, then a “Shut the F$#K up” from other crowd members, which really cut into the show. Dave described the show as turning into more of a press conference than a comedy show. He handled it well, but you could tell being a comedian with people like that in your crowd isn’t easy. He ended the show saying he was about to go hit up Beale Street and enjoy some Blues!
Overall, Dave looked fit, happy and ready to hit the scene. I overheard people after the show saying, “Man it was just good to hear his voice again” and “I hope he makes a big comeback with a show again.” Of course, one of his comments to the crowd was, “I was sitting back in my dressing room thinking to myself, I’m about done with this sh*t,” which we all hope is not true. Dave is a true talent, the realest of the real and the best of the best. We hope the heckling doesn’t keep him from hitting the stage again and of course doesn’t keep him from coming back to Memphis! “Come on Dave,” we love you.