Dave Chappelle’s warm welcome back to the stage was captured by examiner.com:
Just after 10pm last night at the Austin360 Amphitheater, Dave Chappelle‘s shadow appeared behind a white curtain and fourteen thousand fans rose to give him a ‘welcome back’ standing ovation. His grand return has been greatly anticipated since he walked away from the ‘Chappelle’s Show’ and a 50 million dollar contact eight years ago in 2005. Now having just turned forty and ready to take on the big stage again, Dave Chappelle is headlining the 15-city Funny or Die Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Fesitval tour. In the last few years, he has tiptoed back into the spotlight slowly, appearing first in small club performances and theaters before embarking on this mega venue endeavor.
Funny or Die Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival began at 7pm with a great line up of comedians. Taking the stage in turn were Jeff Ross, Al Madrigal, Kristen Schaal, Hannibal Buress, Demetri Martin, and Flight of the Conchords. Each set was approximately 15 minutes, with the exception of Flight of the Conchords and Dave Chappelle being just under an hour. Although Austin360 Amphitheater‘s outdoor venue is not a typical setting for comedy acts, all in attendance were genuinely thrilled to be present for not only a great line up of artists, but Chappelle‘s return into the spotlight. The two giant screens on both sides of the Amphitheater stage allowed for even those in the far back grassy general admission section to see and enjoy the show. Since the venue’s very first concert back in April, Funny of Die Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival has so far drawn the biggest crowd yet.
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