As soon as there was a glimmer of hope that comedy could come back, Dave Chappelle started leading the way with what was referred to as “Camp Chappelle”. The shows, which took place near his home in Ohio, brought out the biggest stars in comedy and beyond. Some of the guests included Chris Rock, Michelle Wolf, Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong, David Letterman, Louis C.K., Michael Che, Jon Hamm, Donnell Rawlings, Trevor Noah, and so many more. It was, undeniably, the biggest event of the summer for comedy fans.
Sadly, Camp Chappelle has announced that they have to shut their doors due to one of the comics possibly being exposed to COVID-19. There was first talk of this when the show was cancelled hours before taking place on Friday. Well now it’s more permanent. The final show, which was supposed to take place on October 4th, has reportedly been cancelled.
“Due to possible exposure to COVID-19 within our inner circle, and out of an abundance of caution, we have elected to cancel the remaining … shows,” a representative told Page Six. “For the past three months of the pandemic, Dave Chappelle has successfully created a safe haven for comedians, musicians and poets to express their art without incident. Social distancing, face masks, hand sanitizer, temperature checks and access to daily COVID tests have all been a part of our protocol. We take COVID-19 very seriously and there have been no reported cases among patrons or crew.”
This is definitely sad news. However, as reports are swirling around that the entire summer series was filmed by Netflix, maybe there’s more summer fun to be had in the future…