Dave Chappelle will be co-headlining the Funny Or Die Presents The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Tour,The Huffington Post reported Monday.
The tour will start in Austin, Texas on August 23 and go coast-to-coast over the following five weekends. Tickets will go on sale Friday through Live Nation. The festival will feature two stages, street performers, vendors, psychics, freaks, tasty treats and much more. The advertisement for the tour promised that Chappelle and other headliners Flight of the Conchords would "destroy your funny bone this summer!"
Other scheduled performers at the moment are Al Madrigal, Brody Stevens, Chris D'Elia, Demetri Martin, Hannibal Buress, Jim Jefferies, John Mulaney, and Kristen Schaal. The Oddball tour will go on the road this fall as well. The undertaking is the first large scale tour by Funny or Die. Live Nation will support the comics but the addition of Chappelle is to be a draw all on its own this summer. The funnyman has spent the past few years outside of the spotlight.
Chappelle became a breakout star for his Comedy Central show, Chappelle's Show. The program began in 2003 and featured various skits that tackled race, gun violence and pop culture. Chappelle was known for pushing boundaries and left the audience reeling, but his biggest surprise came in May 2005 when Chappelle quit the show during production. He then fled to South Africa and spent two weeks there before returning to his home in Yellow Springs, Ohio .The comic also walked away from $50 million dollars which was a decision that many found hard to comprehend.
In February 2006, Chappelle sat down with Oprah Winfrey to discuss why he walked away from the show which gave him fame, stardom and wealth. He insisted he was not crazy but rather burnt out.
"I felt in a lot of instances I was deliberately being put through stress because when you're a guy who generates money, people have a vested interested in controlling you," Chappelle said.
Watch Funny Or Die's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival w/ Dave Chappelle & Flight of the Conchords promo below.
Here is a clip from Chappelle’s Show below.