Dave Chappelle gets First Avenue star

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Aside from enjoying his status on the cover of a Prince record, Dave Chappelle can now claim another important milestone here in the Twin Cities.

The self-described "lazy comedian" who hosted one of TV's funniest shows of all time has just capped a week of performances at First Avenue -- eight in total at the club since Monday -- and now he's got the star to prove it.

See Also: Dave Chappelle adds another show... at Pantages [updated]

Chappelle's intimate shows to seated crowds at First Ave have proven that the guy still can hold an audience rapt and make them lose control. It also showed that the rock venue proves a comfortable setting for a comedy show. Bouncing across the stage like basketball player in the open court -- if baskeball players did such things with long, slow-burning cigarettes hanging from their lips -- he brought some material this week exploring the Hartford performance debacle, hiring Paula Deen as his personal chef, Lil Wayne guest-starring on CSI, and a lot of ribald "pussy" jokes.

All the while, he spoke to the audience, and let them put their hands on the wheel a little to steer the evenings with some locally inspired humor. Wednesday's early evening show included several ad-libbed interludes with a man dressed in a flamboyant leisure suit that wouldn't look out of place in Morris Day's closet.

These nights will leave the Twin Cities with a lot of memories, and First Ave had good reason to show their gratitude with the upgrade to their exterior. More on the surprise shows via Star Tribune, including the tidbits that Chappelle and Steve McClellan are the only non-musicians with stars and that this is the largest stretch of mainroom shows by one performer. More local perspective comes via his interview with WCCO's Reg Chapman.

Caption: "Thanks Dave Chappelle for an incredible week."
Via First Avenue's instagram
Chappelle will launch into four shows at the Pantages Theatre this Friday and Saturday, and reports suggest that these performances are being filmed for some sort of larger project. We'll keep our ears to the ground for any more details.

Look for tickets for Dave Chappelle's shows at the Pantages -- most are already sold out -- here.

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Daniel McDonough
Daniel McDonough

People were being kicked out of First Ave left and right and he wasn't that funny. throw 20 people out and sell twenty more tickets, who cares about the 20 kicked out and the 75 dollars they lost!

Stuttering John
Stuttering John

What's this on the floor? Shoulda known... Pussy juice.

Stuttering John
Stuttering John

There's a difference between heckling and answering a question.

Stuttering John
Stuttering John

I loved it! Except they kicked people out for answering direct questions from Dave. I understand the no cell phone but really?

Ross Levine
Ross Levine

Sweet, right below Reverend Horton Heat. Two personal and memorable First Ave experiences for me.

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