click to enlarge Photo by Mathieu Bitton/Netflix Dave Chappelle, who plays Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on Oct. 29, 2023. Dave Chappelle’s 2021 special was marked by some of the cringiest, problematic takes of his career, but the 50-year-old comedian and pop culture icon hasn’t seen a dip in popularity.Case in point: He’s doing standup in a Tampa arena next month.Other Florida dates on the tour include a three night stand at the Fort Lauderdale Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Dec.
26-28) and a Nov. 2 date at Orlando's Amway Center.Chapelle—a true pop culture icon—just celebrated his 50th birthday with a star-studded celebration in New York, and recently received the support of Carlos Santana who stood by the comedian’s standup routine that includes of transphobic remarks .
In his review of Chappelle’s 2021 special , NPR TV Critic and Tampa Bay resident Eric Deggans said the comic went too far.Deggans added that Chappelle has since said he won’t joke about LGBTQ topics any longer, and fans will probably never see video of his new stuff anyway since a press release says that cameras and smartwatches will be locaked in Yondr pouches upon arrival.
The pouches will remain locked until the end of the show.“Guests maintain possession of their phones throughout the night and, if needed, may access their phones at designated Yondr unlocking stations in the lobby. Anyone caught with a cellphone in the venue will be immediately ejected,” the release added.
“We appreciate your cooperation in creating a phone-free viewing experience.”