Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle join forces for California comedy tour
A series of stand-up shows starting this Saturday in San Francisco.
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Dave Chappelle had just finished his set at the Palladium in San Francisco and taken a selfie in the hallway with the club’s staff.
“That was some night!” he said.
One of the club’s employees, who had been serving drinks and handing out water to customers, asked him if he needed anything else. Rock interrupted the employee to tell her to stop interrupting his comedy.
“I’m about to have a headache,” she said, taking a couple of steps closer.
“I just want to say, I’m a huge fan,” he said.
They started to talk a little more, and she asked if he could bring his band to the club a couple of times during the week.
“My band,” he said.
They exchanged contact information, and that’s how the comedy pair of Jimmy Fallon and Chris Rock came to be working together on a one-month stand-up tour of the Pacific Northwest this August.
The tour will kick off in Seattle on August 1st, then head to Eugene, Oregon on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday in Portland, Oregon and Salt Lake City, Utah, before returning to San Francisco on Saturday, August 13th. The final show will be in Seattle in late April.
The tour is more than just a comedy tour, however.
“The stand-up is a small part of the overall mission,” Rock says. “The mission is to reach people of all ages, and that’s what we are trying to do. There’s no other reason why we would be doing this.”
Fallon, who has been on more than a few Comedy Central- or MTV-sponsored stand-up tours, says his experience has taught him the importance of a healthy relationship between his audience and his comedians, because he sees those relationships as the foundation of his shows.
“I really want to make sure the audience is at my show,” he says. “I don’t want to be at my show