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Dave Chappelle Talks Comeback, Music & More At Essence Festival
Dave Chappelle Talks Comeback, Music & More At Essence Festival

Dave Chappelle Talks Comeback, Music & More At Essence Festival

The reclusive comic sheds light on his Radio City residency, his love for New Orleans, and how grateful he is for his fans' love.


Dave Chappelle can't stop, won't stop, did stop. 

But now, after a lengthy, self-imposed hiatus following the success of his runaway hit Chappelle's Show, the comic is back and in action, as illustrated by his recent residency at Radio City Music Hall. 

Over the course of ten shows, Chappelle returned in rare form to an adoring New York audience that had sincerely missed him in his decade away from performing in the city. 

Dave Chappelle Kicks Off Musical Portion Of Radio City Residency With Nas

In addition to delivering solo comedy shows, Chappelle also invited a slew of musicians and friends - including Erykah Badu, Nas, The Roots, DJ Premier, Busta Rhymes, and surprise guest Kanye West - to perform alongside him in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of his incredible Block Party film. 

Just days removed from his Radio City run, REVOLT caught up with the famously private Chappelle, who was ringing in July 4 weekend with his first-ever visit to Essence Music Festival, the "Party With A Purpose" that celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. 

Dave Chappelle Rings In Another Night Of Radio City Residency With Erykah Badu

"Erykah and I played at Radio City Music Hall," Chappelle told REVOLT about the impetus for his trip down to NOLA, "and Erykah mentioned she was going to be [at Essence] tonight, and she asked me to come by. It was my pleasure. This was my first Essence Fest." 

"This is a very wonderful festival, and I love being in New Orleans," added the comic. "There's something about the spirit of the city, especially after all the tragedy it's been through… I love New York City, but I really do admire New Orleans."

Later in the interview, Chappelle spoke on teaming up with the likes of Kanye and Nas for his Radio City residency, but his most sincere moment came when he shared his gratitude to his fans, who have shown him nothing but love in his comeback. 

"The best part about it has been interacting with people, and seeing how warm they are," Chappelle warmly admitted, before finally adding, "People want to just spread good will, which is a rare thing in my experience, and it is greatly appreciated." 

Check out more from REVOLT's rare interview with Chappelle, which is fittingly filled with amazing one-liners and a closing drop "for Diddy."