Since leaving Chappelle's Show in 2005, Dave Chappelle has spent his time getting huge, smoking hookahs with gleeful fans, and showing up for unannounced one-off shows at places like New York's legendary Comedy Cellar. What he has not done is what everyone really wants him to do: Go back on tour, show off new material, and remind the world why he's one of the ten greatest comics alive today. Few funny men did a better job bridging the gap between low-low-low brow humor and insightful social commentary than Chappelle did, and Killin' Them Softly and For What's It's Worth are two of the most unimpeachable comedy specials of the aughts. Since, then: Nada. We're given a new Louis CK special ever single year, and that's great, but it's been a full decade since hearing Dave give his take on things. Dammit, he should have been up there with these guys, talking shop on HBO. He should have been the guy selling out arenas when Dane Cook was on his reign of terror. We should have heard what he had to say about the '08 election, and the Recession, and medical marijuana. This is like if Jordan played baseball for 10 years.
Well, HE'S BACK. Chappelle will headline Funny or Die's "Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival," a five-weekend tour launching this summer. The tour begins August 23 in Austin, Texas, and will travel through Pittsburgh, Denver, Irvine, Camden, and eight other spots. Joining Chappelle will be the Flight of the Conchords, Demetri Martin, Hannibal Burress, Al Madrigal, Jim Jeffries, John Mulaney, Kristen Schaal, and Chris D'Elia. If you're worried about whether he stays on the tour, well, you're not alone. He's a comic genius, and like many geniuses, he's not 100% reliable.
Tickets go on sale Friday. Who knows when you'll see the J.D. Salinger of comedy again?