Despite finding themselves on the receiving end of cancel culture, professional stand-up comedians Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock are at the top of their game. Now, the two have announced they will be coming to Alabama later this month.

The comedians will co-headline a show on Wednesday, January 25, at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center’s (BJCC) Legacy Arena. 

There will be a presale for tickets this Wednesday, beginning at 10 a.m. The presale will conclude Thursday at 10 p.m., and then tickets will officially go on sale on Friday at 10 a.m.

Chappelle rose to national prominence in the early 2000s with his popular sketch comedy show, “Chappelle’s Show,” which parodied aspects of contemporary American life and culture. He won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2019 — an award previously awarded to legendary comedians such as Richard Pryor and George Carlin.

Over the last several years, transgender activists became disgruntled with Chappelle due to his jokes poking fun at and calling out the hostility of the transgender movement during several of his comedy specials on Netflix.

Chappelle was attacked by an audience member with a knife while performing at the Hollywood Bowl in Las Angeles last year. Chappelle did not sustain any injuries, and the man was escorted off the stage while Chappelle continued his set.

Recently, Chappelle became the center of controversy again after a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live in which he discussed contentious figures Kanye West and Kyrie Irving and their espousal of anti-Semitic ideas.

On the other hand, Rock began doing stand-up in the 1980s and became an apprentice to Eddie Murphy, who gave him a role in his film, “Beverly Hills Cop II” in 1987. After serving as a cast member on Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s, Rock went on to have a highly successful comedy career, producing several comedy specials and a narrated sitcom, “Everybody Hates Chris,” based on his childhood. 

While hosting the 2022 Academy Awards, popular actor Will Smith slapped Rock after he made a joke about Smith’s wife’s alopecia.

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