Dave Chappelle reopens Radio City

Jun 21, 2021
Dave Chappelle reopens Radio City

“I love New York City,” Dave Chappelle told the crowd at Radio City after the premiere of his documentary “This Time This Place” on Saturday night.

The event served to close the Tribeca Festival. Guests were required to show proof of vaccine for entry, and masks were allowed to be taken off during the screening.

“I made my name in New York City,” Chappelle told the packed house. “I met my wife in New York City. I had two of my three children in New York City. I am proud to be the opening night of Radio City.”

The comic received a standing ovation following the film and he told the audience, “I’m so sorry if you lost someone, or lost something during this pandemic.”

There were also live performances by Talib Kweli, Q-Tip, De La Soul, Ghostface Killah and Fat Joe, which had guests dancing in the aisles.

Exterior of Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall’s marquee advertises Chappelle’s documentary during the Tribeca Film Festival.
Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Bob Saget, Sharon Stone, Zoë Kravitz and Anthony Anderson attended, along with Tribeca Festival CEO Jane Rosenthal who dubbed the event “fully vaxxed and socially squeezed.”

The film, directed by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, is a look behind the scenes when Chappelle put on socially distanced comedy shows with stars such as Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Dave Letterman, Jon Stewart, Tiffany Haddish, Michelle Wolfe and “Chappelle Show” favorite Donnell Rawlings in his small town in Ohio during the height of the pandemic.

The Tribeca Festival hosted over 250 events over its 12-day run.

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