Dave Chappelle show canceled by Minnesota venue hours before gig following criticism

Dave Chappelle's Minneapolis performance canceled after 'The Closer' backlash

Dave Chappelle was set to perform a stand-up comedy routine Wednesday night at First Avenue in Minneapolis, but the show was canceled at the last minute following backlash.

Chappelle has been at the center of controversy over his Netflix program, "The Closer.

"The Dave Chappelle show tonight at First Avenue has been cancelled and is moving to the Varsity Theater," the announcement said. 

"To staff, artists and our community, we hear you, and we are sorry. We know we must hold ourselves to the highest standards, and we know we let you down. We are not just a black box with people in it, and we understand that First Ave is not just a room, but meaningful beyond our walls."

The trio of performances in Minnesota was first announced on Monday, and tickets to the first show sold out in a matter of minutes Tuesday 

But some fans of the popular downtown venue voiced their opinions against the comedian, ultimately leading to the cancellation of the show. 

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Dave Chappelle's Minneapolis show was canceled at the last minute following community backlash for comments he made in the Netflix show, "The Closer." (Mathieu Bitton/Netflix)

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