Last Wednesday night, Comedy Store audience members who stayed until it was technically early Thursday got a special treat when reclusive superstar Dave Chappelle dropped in to do a workout set. Chappelle spent about 90 minutes working out new material, riffing with Jeff Ross and taking questions from the audience. Although by that time most of the “school night” crowd was composed of international tourists who couldn’t have known he would be there when they bought their tickets, it seemed like they were all huge Chappelle fans with almost stalker/encyclopedic knowledge of his biography and career. Not surprisingly, Chappelle’s answers to questions ranging from “When will you be performing in Saudi Arabia?” to “Why did you move away from DC?” were incredibly funny and pretty insightful.
Chappelle has an open invitation to drop in to The Comedy Store and do as much time as he’d like, in part because of his talent and fame, but also because he’s always respectful. While he usually ends up bumping the last one or two comedians in the Original Room, he never shows up during peak hours and often even skips the Original Room in favor of closing out Crack ‘Em Up Thursdays in the Belly Room after the rest of the lineup has finished.
This was the cherry on top of a great week for comedy nerds in LA. East Coast rock stars Louis C.K. and Jim Norton bookended the weekend with sold out shows at the Hollywood Improv, then Norton returned on Tuesday as a surprise guest on Ari Shaffir’s Storyteller Show (which already boasted Bill Burr on the lineup). And in a bit of ironic (or savvy?) booking, Carlos Mencia headlined the late Tuesday show exactly 24 hours before Joe Rogan’s special guest turn on The Improv’s weekly Wednesday juggernaut, Comedy Juice.
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