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"Possible exposure" to COVID-19 by someone in his "inner circle" has led comedian and Yellow Springs resident Dave Chappelle to bring an earlier than anticipated end to his summer-long series of shows at a rural property just north of the village. (‘8:46’ Screenshot, Youtube)

Chappelle’s final ‘Summer Camp’ shows canceled

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Comedian and Yellow Springs resident Dave Chappelle’s “Summer Camp” series of shows, which have taken place several nights a week since early June, outdoors at a rural property just north of Yellow Springs, have come to an unexpected early conclusion.

A statement forwarded to the News by Chappelle’s spokesperson, Carla Sims, on Friday evening, said that 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 six shows.”

The final shows were scheduled Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25 and 26; Wednesday, Sept. 30; and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-3. Ticket holders received word about the immediate cancellation of the rest of the series just hours before Friday night’s performance.

The series, which welcomed nationally known comics and musicians to share the stage with Chappelle, was due to end no later than Oct. 4. That date had been set in a temporary zoning variance request filed in July by Steve Wirrig, who owns the agriculturally zoned property where the performances have taken place at a pavilion he and his wife built in 2017. The Miami Township Board of Zoning Appeals approved the request following a public hearing Aug. 6.

The statement from Chappelle’s spokesperson also offered a summary of the series, which had its unanticipated final show Thursday, Sept. 24: “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,” the statement read. “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.”

The statement, and a notice on the Ticketmaster website, where performance tickets were purchased, both said that refunds would be issued to ticket holders.


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5 Responses to “Chappelle’s final ‘Summer Camp’ shows canceled”

  1. Susan Brouillette says:

    Is there any chance that this “Summer Camp” series might resume in 2021?

  2. Grace says:

    I’m proud of my sobriety; it is the one thing I’m certain is the right thing for me. Not even this pandemic has robbed me of sobriety.

  3. Lisa Goldberg says:

    I hope that those testing positive recover quickly

  4. Trick or Treat ? says:

    “Trick or Treat; Smell My Feet; Give Me Something Good to Eat!”

    Please consider donations to your local food pantry rather than giving out candy this year.

    But if you insist, here is the list of times scheduled thus far
    for Halloween plans throughout Greene County:

    Beavercreek will hold trick-or-treating Oct. 31 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

    Bellbrook will hold trick-or-treating Oct. 31 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

    Cedarville will hold trick-or-treating Oct. 31 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

    Fairborn will hold trick-or-treating Oct. 31 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

    Jamestown will hold trick-or-treating Oct. 31 from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

    Xenia will hold trick-or-treating Oct. 31 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

    Yellow Springs will hold a drive-thru trick-or-treating event Oct. 31 at the new fire station hosted by the Yellow Springs Village Council and Miami Township Fire-Rescue.

  5. 'Wise Willie' Farnsworth says:

    Hoping everyone will be A-OK in the Chappelle circle and “THANKS” for exercising caution. I am concerned about some of the communities planning to trick or treat this year. That probably is not a good idea and has been labeled a ‘high risk’ activity by the CDC. If candy were really that important God would probably have it rain M&M’s once in a while. I think we can live without going door to door during a pandemic this year. In case you missed it, “airborne transmission plays a bigger role than previously thought.”

    Again, take care. Peace and Love.

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