Dave Chappelle is canceling all of his Texas stand-up performances after discovering that he contracted coronavirus.
A representative for the comedian confirmed to TMZ on Thursday that he is currently quarantining after testing positive, but has not yet experienced any symptoms. On Wednesday, Chappelle performed the first of five shows he had scheduled in Austin. He has been performing socially-distanced comedy shows since June on his farm in Ohio, which have gone off without a hitch thanks to rapid-testing for the audience and regular tests for himself and his crew.
After his first show earlier this week, Chappelle was photographed hanging out backstage at Stubb’s Amphitheater in Austin with his arms thrown around Joe Rogan, Elon Musk, and Grimes, none of whom were wearing masks. The photo raised fans’ concerns that this group could be unknowingly infected or accidentally spreading the illness.
However, Rogan later clarified to TMZ, “Because people are asking, I was not exposed to the person who had covid and I have tested negative every day this week. Also, the person that gave covid to Dave was NOT Elon’s partner, Grimes.” Last week, Grimes announced on her Instagram Stories that she had, “Finally got COVID,” but was “weirdly enjoying the DayQuil fever dream.” The pop star’s boyfriend, Musk, also had his own close brush with COVID in November, tweeting that “something extremely bogus is going on” with his multiple coronavirus tests, before casting doubt on the for-profit companies making the tests.
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