Dave Chappelle announces he’s donating his stand-up ticket sales to the victims of the mass shooting at a Buffalo grocery store
- Chappelle, 48, performed in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday night
- He said he was donating sales to the mass shooting victims at the conclusion
- The alleged shooter killed 10 Black people and left three injured on May 14
- He attacked a Tops grocery store in Buffalo with an AR-15–style weapon
- The alleged shooter’s online writings indicate racist motivations
Dave Chappelle says he wants to help out the victims of a deadly mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, by donating his ticket sales to them.
The 48-year-old comedian announced Saturday at the end of his stand-up performance in Buffalo at Shea’s Performing Arts Center that he would be passing on the proceeds to the victims’ families, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
The venue shared Chappelle’s announcement, which comes after an alleged gunman killed 10 Black people at a Tops grocery store with an AR-15–style weapon, while also injuring three others.
Helping out: Dave Chappelle, 48, announced at the end of a last-minute stand-up show in Buffalo, New York, that he was donating its ticket sales to the families of victims of a racist mass shooting that occurred in the city on May 14; seen in October in London
‘He said, and I’m paraphrasing, “I came here to Buffalo to recognize the victims and for these families,”‘ said Shea’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Kevin Sweeney.
Chappelle reportedly told the audience toward the end of his show that families of the victims were in the audience after he had invited them.
Sweeney added that the venue was not involved in Chappelle’s charity plans and couldn’t offer more specifics.
Chappelle’s show was announced on short notice on June 1, and tickets had sold out within an hour of going on sale on Thursday.
Doing his part: ‘He said, and I’m paraphrasing, “I came here to Buffalo to recognize the victims and for these families,”‘ said Shea’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Kevin Sweeney; Chappelle seen April 28 in Hollywood
Tragedy: The announcement comes after a gunman killed 10 Black people at a Tops grocery store with an AR-15–style weapon, while also injuring three others; pictured May 15
The accused: The suspect, Payton Gendron, 18, has been charged with 25 counts, including 10 counts of first-degree murder and domestic terrorism charges. He has pleaded not guilty; seen May 28
His last show at the Buffalo venue was in 2016 and also sold out.
The suspect accused of last month’s shooting in Buffalo, 18-year-old Payton Gendron, has been charged with 25 counts, including 10 counts of first-degree murder and domestic terrorism charges. He has pleaded not quilty.
The alleged shooter reportedly wrote of his racist motivations for the shooting, which included references to a 2019 mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, when a gunman killed 51 at two mosques in the city while livestreaming the carnage.
Like the Christchurch killer, the alleged Buffalo gunman went live on social media as he attacked shoppers in the Tops grocery store, which is located in a predominately Black neighborhood.
Shocking: Early last month, Chappelle was attacked on stage while performing at the Hollywood Bowl
On Thursday, a 911 dispatcher was fired after a disciplinary hearing for reportedly hanging up on a Tops employee who called for help while hiding from the shooter.
Chappelle recently had a scare onstage when he was attacked onstage at the Hollywood Bowl in early May by a man with a gun-shaped knife blade, though it doesn’t appear to have been used in the attack.
The Half Baked star has come under fire in recent years for his stand-up specials and live shows, which have featured sometimes-lengthy sections featuring jokes about transgender people, which some viewers and audience members have lambasted as being transphobic.
Immediately after the attack, Chappelle joked to the audience, ‘It was a trans man,’ though the attacker is not transgender.
Divisive: The comedian has been lambasted by some viewers and audience members in recent years for length digressions in his shows that they consider transphobic; seen in January in Paris