Dave Chappelle Announces Portland Stand-Up Show Amid Netflix and Housing Controversies

Dave Chappelle has announced his first big-ticketed stand-up show since his Netflix special, The Closer, last fall ignited a dispute on attitudes to transgender people.

The comedian also made headlines last week when he spoke against a housing project developers said would provide affordable homes in his village, Yellow Springs, Ohio. That prompted more backlash on social media; however Chappelle later argued the plan "never actually offered affordable housing."

Despite the controversies, Chappelle remains one of the most popular comedians on the stand-up circuit, and is set to take to the stage at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, in April.

The show—his second since The Closer—comes six months after Chappelle sparked claims of transphobia via his Netflix special last October. The remarks prompted hundreds of employees at the streaming giant to hold a walkout in protest.

The company's CEO Ted Sarandos stood by the comedian and left the show available to stream.

In The Closer, the 48-year-old said "gender is a fact" and that "trans women's" genitalia are "not quite what it is."

It followed earlier comments which courted controversy, including Chappelle saying in 2016 that he did not want "a woman with a dick" using a urinal near him, and in 2017, defending then-President Donald Trump's ban on admitting trans people to the military.

In a November stand-up set posted to Instagram, Chappelle denied claims that he had refused an invitation to speak with transgender employees at Netflix.

"I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me. I am not bending to anybody's demands," he said.

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Dave Chappelle is seen outside Dior during Paris Fashion Week - Menswear F/W 2022-2023 on January 21, 2022 in Paris, France. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

"If they had invited me, I would have accepted it, although I am confused about what we're speaking about. I said what I said, and boy, I heard what you said. My God, how could I not? You said you want a safe working environment at Netflix. Well, it seems like I'm the only one that can't go to the office anymore."

The comic was in the news again in recent days after his appearance at a council meeting in Yellow Springs.

"Dave Chappelle didn't kill affordable housing. Concerned residents and a responding village council 'killed' a half-baked plan which never actually offered affordable housing," said Carla Sims, a spokesperson for Chappelle

Chappelle lives in the area and faced criticism for seemingly objecting to affordable housing.

A statement later released on his behalf said he was objecting to the "poorly vetted" development, not affordable housing.

"Dave Chappelle didn't kill affordable housing. Concerned residents and a responding Village Council 'killed' a half-baked plan which never actually offered affordable housing," his spokesperson said.

"Neither Dave nor his neighbors are against affordable housing, however, they are against the poorly vetted, cookie-cutter, sprawl-style development deal which has little regard for the community, culture and infrastructure of the Village."