Comedian Dave Chappelle coming to Canton for HOF stadium summer show

CANTON – Acclaimed and controversial comedian Dave Chappelle will perform on Aug. 7 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

Hall of Fame Village powered by Johnson Controls announced the show Wednesday. The stadium, which is next to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has a capacity of 23,000 for football games.

This will be the first time the stadium has hosted a standup comedian — and the performance will come a day after the Concert for Legends featuring Journey wraps up the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week.

Dave Chappelle in his Netflix special,

“We are excited to bring a wildly popular entertainer such as Dave Chappelle to the Hall of Fame Village,” Michael Crawford, president and CEO of Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Co., the owner of the Hall of Fame Village, said in a prepared statement. “Our game plan for the stadium has always been to be a venue for diverse ‘A-list’ talent and entertainment that appeals to a wide variety of audiences.

“This is a significant step forward to strengthening our already compelling slate of sport and non-sporting events at our destination,” he added. “These events, coupled with the other new, fun and engaging attractions and events being added to our campus and calendar meaningfully augment our revenue streams alongside our gaming and media divisions.”

Chappelle drew criticism for transgender remarks in Netflix comedy special

Chappelle, an Ohio native, drew criticism last year for a Netflix comedy, “The Closer,” in which he attempted to juxtapose the pace of civil rights gained by LGBTQ people over those fought for by the Black community. He also doubled down on criticism that his sets punch down on the most vulnerable, and expressed solidarity with “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling, who drew backlash in 2019 for conflating sex with gender, according to USA Today.

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