Chappelle hosts charity event at Target Center, gets First Avenue star


Comedian Dave Chappelle apparently did more than serve up jokes during his weeklong stand-up stretch in Minneapolis last week.

WCCO reports that Chappelle offered to dish up some pancakes and more at a charity event at Target Center early Sunday morning.

According to the station, fans bought tickets to shoot some baskets with the comedian at the event.

An estimated $30,000 was raised at the event to benefit the Timberwolves' Fast Break Foundation, which supports programs for kids and teenagers in Minnesota.

The hoops and pancakes motif was inspired by a 2004 skit on Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show," where Chappelle, playing Minnesota music icon Prince, shows off his basketball prowess. After that, he takes the losing team back to his pad and serves them breakfast.

Chappelle played 12 shows in Minneapolis Monday through Saturday, split between First Avenue and the Pantages Theatre.

Also over the weekend, Chappelle was honored with a star on First Avenue's famed outside wall, the Star Tribune reports.

The owners had the star painted on the bricks just in time to show it to Chappelle after he finished his eighth and final show at the venue early Friday morning, the paper says.


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