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Dave Chappelle Nairobi Concert Tickets Sell in Two Hours

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Written by Teresa Mwangi

Dave Chappelle Nairobi concert tickets sold out in a record two hours on Monday. The American comedian and actor will perform at the Louis Leakey Auditorium on Wednesday, May 29.

Punchline Comedy Kenya put together the concert with tickets going for $54 (Ksh7,000). They were all out in 120 minutes after posting on their Instagram page.

Dave Chappelle Nairobi Tickets

A-list Kenyan comedians will also perform at the concert which fueled the huge uptake of the concert tickets. Lu Savali and Ciru Mwangi, two Kenyan comedians, will perform before the Emmy Award-winning American celebrity. Ciru excitedly said that she could never imagine in her lifetime that she would perform alongside Chappelle.

“I will be one of two opening acts for Dave Chappelle, even in my wildest dreams I had not seen this,” she posted on her Instagram page.

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Dave Chappelle. Photo/The Daily Beast

Savali shared the same sentiments telling his fans to believe the hype as it is because it is worth it. The Kenyan comedian, just like Ciru, never thought that he would ever open for an Emmy Award-winner.

However, Chappelle will only perform for 300 guests which the concert organizers pushed for. He only wanted 100 guests maximum for the Kenyan concert.

How Much Does it Cost to Book Dave Chappelle?

Dave Chappelle Nairobi concert stirred interest on how much it costs to book the American comedian. The ultimate cost of booking Chappelle is dependent on several factors, and the booking price. Looking at past events he performed in, it costs at least $2 million to book the celebrated American actor/comedian.

He recently performed in Abu Dhabi during the Abu Dhabi Comedy Week held at the Etihad Arena. Usually, his concerts come with a set of conditions. For instance, the Abu Dhabi concert didn’t allow attendees younger than 16 years. They were required to possess a valid ticket. Moreover, guests between 16 to 21 years old needed to be accompanied by an adult above 21.

Audio-visual equipment such as cameras and video recorders and bags bigger than 30x30x15 cm were not allowed at the venue. Coming back to Dave Chappelle Nairobi comedy show; phones are not allowed to the auditorium. Phones, smartwatches, and accessories will be kept safe in their own pouches during security check-in.

Dubbed the ‘phone-free policy’ by Punchline Comedy Kenya, guests appearing for the show must abide by the set rules. Anyone caught doing the contrary will have to leave the venue. However, there will be dedicated phone use zones.

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Dave Chappelle. Photo/The Times of Israel

How Long Does Dave Chappelle’s Show Last?

Multiple sources have different timelines for Chappelle’s shows. Some cap it at 15 – 26 minutes while others suggest that it lasts between 1. 5 – 3 hours. Ideally, crowd interaction and opening acts take a little bit of time which is why the general rule of comedy time is 90 minutes to 240 minutes.

Nevertheless, the duration of his performance is subject to an agreement during booking which also dictates ticket prices. A longer concert definitely costs more in tickets.

Who Has Dave Chappelle Been Married to?

Switching gears to Dave Chappelle Nairobi; he is happily married to Elaine Chappelle. The couple married in 2001 and have three children together. Even though Elaine and Dave dated in the 90s before marrying in 2001, their relationship is highly private. They are rarely together in public events, unlike other celebrity couples. But they spend lots of time in their Ohio Home, Cleveland.

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Chappelle told David Letterman, the host of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction that he enjoys the quiet times at his Yellow Springs home in Ohio. There are no paparazzi like in Hollywood where he lives his other life.  Additionally, Elaine is a very private person. She is rarely spotted out in public with Dave, and he rarely discusses her in his comedies or interviews.

Their Yellow Springs residence sits on 65 acres of land.

How Much Does Dave Chappelle Get Paid Per Netflix Special?

Netflix said in 2016 that they purchased the rights to broadcast three of Chappelle’s upcoming stand-up comedy specials. Each special reportedly earned him $20 million. With his popularity, he earns a tidy sum from Netflix but keeps it under wraps just like with his private life. His estimated net worth in 2024 is around $70 million and counting.

Conclusion

Dave Chappelle Nairobi concert augurs well for the Kenyan creative industry. His presence in Kenya significantly raises the profile of comedy acts in Kenya.

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About the author

Teresa Mwangi

Teresa is a journalist with years of experience in creating web content. She is a wanderlust at heart, loves travelling and telling stories about tour and travel in Africa by every angle.

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