Just like most of you, probably, we're just now getting word that Dave Chappelle announced a couple of surprise shows as he often does these days Tuesday night at The Chapel in SF (777 Valencia). The word went out on The Chapel's Twitter late Monday afternoon, and the two shows sold out immediately, so they added a third show at 1 a.m. on
Wednesday Thursday, a.k.a. late Wednesday night. All the tickets went for $60 apiece, and as of now, you can find some well marked up tickets on the secondary market of Craigslist for $75 and up. To clarify, that means Dave will not be doing the third show late tonight, after midnight, but technically on 4/21, after midnight on 4/20.
This particular set is called The Process, and the venue says it will feature more of Chappelle's "laser-precise views on race, class and popular culture."
Dave has been around the Bay Area a lot, keeping a home here and doing occasional shows at comedy clubs and small venues the last several years. While he still has a loyal fan base, he also has a reputation for getting into a rambling, off-the-cuff mode on stage, and even walked off the stage mid-set in a notorious 2011 incident because the audience was being too raucous.
Most recently, he did a pair of surprise shows at The Masonic in January, and then popped up at the Hollywood Palladium for three shows in late March.
Much like those LA shows, and as LA Weekly noted at the time, Chappelle is now enforcing a strict no-cellphones policy at his shows, after he's become frustrated with audiences who are too busy Snapchatting and taking video of his sets to actually pay any attention.
The disclaimer went out on The Chapel's Ticketfly page:
This is a strict NO CELL PHONES ALLOWED show. Please leave your phones in your cars or at home. Anyone who brings a cell phone will be required to place it in a locked pouch. Everyone is subject to a pat down. Anyone caught with a cell phone inside the venue will be immediately ejected.
These "locked pouches" may be provided by SF-based startup Yondr, which has actually created these devices in which venues can make audience members sequester their smartphones.
Assuming you can snag a ticket, you've been warned.