Dave Chappelle tested positive for COVID-19 in the middle of a residence in Austin, Texas, a rep for the comedian confirmed Variety Thursday.
Chappelle presented the first of five shows scheduled for Wednesday night at the Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater, and was scheduled to perform the following sets on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The remaining shows have been canceled and a statement from Chappelle’s representative states that “ticket holders should contact their point of sale for a refund.”
“Chappelle has safely run socially distant shows in Ohio since June 2020 and has moved those shows to Austin over the winter,” the statement said. “Chappelle implemented the COVID-19 protocols which included rapid testing for the public and daily testing for himself and his team. His diligent testing allowed him to respond immediately by quarantining, thus mitigating the spread of the virus. “
The statement adds that Chappelle is in quarantine and asymptomatic. TMZ first reported the news.
Two of Chappelle’s shows were scheduled to feature Joe Rogan, who Chappelle was pictured with earlier this week. The two were also with Elon Musk and Grimes, who revealed on January 11 that she had tested positive for the coronavirus. The photo included the hashtag #covidtested.
Rogan took to Instagram to discuss the news and apologized to fans for the canceled shows.
Chappelle is among the most prominent comedians trying to navigate standing up during the pandemic. In June, he released a Netflix special “8:46,” which took place in an outdoor location where members of the public wore masks and followed social distancing guidelines. He also hosted “Saturday Night Live” in November.