Chappelle’s final ‘Summer Camp’ shows canceled
- Published: September 25, 2020
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.