Critic praises 'funny, filthy' Chappelle in first gig at First Avenue


Acclaimed comedian Dave Chappelle's first of eight shows at First Avenue this week appears to have gone quite well.

Star Tribune critic Rohan Preston called the former Comedy Central star's show Monday night "funny" and "filthy," and Chappelle "a master of timing, truth-telling and insights."

Preston said that the Chappelle "came close to apologizing for being so filthy."

"Even by his profane standards, the stories were unusually crass, with extended guy jokes," Preston wrote.

Chappelle announced last week that he was doing eight First Avenue shows Monday through Thursday. Tickets were quickly snatched up by fans.

While the first show went about 90 minutes, fans were treated to nearly three hours of comedy from Chappelle for the second, the Star Tribune says.

The paper says Chappelle concluded the gig at about 1:30 a.m. by muttering, "I think I’ve officially run out of (expletive) to say."

The funnyman announced yet another Twin Cities gig Monday, which will be Friday at the Pantages Theatre in downtown Minneapolis, the Pioneer Press reports.

Chappelle crept back into the minds of Minnesota music fans in August when Prince tweeted a photo of the comedian on the cover of his single "Breakfast Can Wait."

The photo was taken from a "Chappelle's Show" Comedy Central skit where the comedian dressed up like Prince and portrayed him as an expert basketball player.

In the skit, the musician and his players dominate Charlie Murphy's team in a game of pick-up basketball. The next morning, Prince serves up pancakes to the losing team.

According to Preston, Chappelle told the crowd at First Avenue Monday night that he's on "Prince Watch" and may have spotted the elusive Minneapolis music icon at Whole Foods.

Prince has yet to make mention of Chappelle's First Avenue gigs on his Twitter account.

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