The funds went directly to the Comedy Store Family Fund.
Dave Chappelle is back after spending a bit of time on the campaign trail with presidential hopeful Andrew Yang. Chapelle, who is currently quarantined at his Ohio home helped raise $100,000 for struggling comedians who have been hit hard by COVID-19.
The Comedy Store, a well-known starting point for quite a few famous comedians recently hosted a live three-part podcast event that featured Chappelle. Funds from the event went to the Comedy Store Family Fund. The final segment of the event was hosted by Neil Brennan and also featured Chappelle Show alum Donnell Rawlings and Bill Burr.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the comics touched on touring life, working with Charlie Murphy and what life was like on set at a Comedy Central series. Trash talking also found its way in their sets. Earlier segments of the event featured Tom Segura, Whitney Cummings, and Chris D’Elia.
Despite being forced to close The Comedy Store has continued to regularly pay their staff and regular comedians. This will continue to take place for the foreseeable future.
Two weeks ago, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti announced large events like concerts and festivals won’t return to the major city until 2021. The first-ever Netflix Is A Joke comedy festival set to launch today was postponed at the end of last month. Slated performers included Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Wanda Sykes, and countless others.
At the moment, Los Angeles County, where The Comedy Store is located, has not shared when non-essential businesses will be back open for business.
To watch Chappelle’s set take a look at the video below at the 2:45:25 mark.
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