Laugh out loud: Dave Chap­pelle

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Dave Chap­pelle has never been com­fort­able with the at­ten­tion that comes with fame or the ex­pec­ta­tions put on him as a black co­me­dian. In ad­di­tion to per­form­ing stand-up, he’s ap­peared in nu­mer­ous movies, in­clud­ing the 1998 stoner cult fa­vorite Half Baked , which he co-wrote with Neal Bren­nan. He has turned down movie roles that he felt were de­mean­ing to black men, such as the char­ac­ter Bubba Blue in Forrest Gump. He left his crit­i­cally ac­claimed and beloved Com­edy Cen­tral se­ries, Chap­pelle’s

Show , in 2005 dur­ing pro­duc­tion of the third sea­son, stat­ing that the time com­mit­ment was ru­in­ing his life and the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try didn’t un­der­stand black au­di­ences. In the past few years he has re­turned to stand-up — of­ten in sur­prise shows an­nounced just days be­fore they oc­cur. Now he brings his act to Santa Fe for two im­promptu sets at the Lensic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.) at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Mon­day, March 30. Tick­ets, at $55, sold out quickly, but ar­dent fans should call the box of­fice at 505-988-1234 to check for avail­abil­ity. If you get a seat, re­spect the work. He’s there to do a job. — Jen­nifer Levin

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