Dave Chappelle Tests Positive For COVID-19, Cancels Upcoming Shows
The COVID-19 virus started off by infecting Tom Hanks, and now it’s worked its way all the way to Dave Chappelle.
The 47-year-old comedian released a statement (via a rep) on Thursday, confirming that he had tested positive for the virus. He had five scheduled shows in Austin, TX, this week and weekend, but he was only able to perform the first show on Wednesday.
The Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows have all been canceled, due to the positive test result. According to his rep, he’s currently isolating and is asymptomatic, although that could change.
Chappelle has safely conducted socially-distanced shows in Ohio since June 2020 and he moved those shows to Austin during the winter. Chappelle implemented COVID-19 protocols which included rapid testing for the audience and daily testing for himself and his team.
It was that daily testing that caught the positive test result. Two of Chappelle’s upcoming shows were going to feature Joe Rogan, and he had been hanging out with Rogan and Elon Musk recently.
Of course, Musk doesn’t need to worry since he already had the virus back in November. He said it felt like a regular cold to him, except he had more body aches and headaches, as opposed to sneezing and runny nose.
We’re sure Chappelle will recover just fine, and he’ll be back to doing stand-up shows down in Austin in two weeks.
We wish him a speedy recovery!