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Dave Chappelle Pays Tribute To Prince During San Francisco Stand-Up

Dave Chappelle almost cancelled a stand-up performance in San Francisco following Price's death.

"I almost thought about not coming tonight, but my band was like, 'Yo, Prince would definitely not condone that,'" Chappelle said, according to SF Gate. "And now there is no place Id rather be."

"This is black 9/11," he said of the death of Prince. He said his phone wouldn't stop ringing because of his friendship with the artist.

I kept wondering all day, 'Why are they calling me?,'" he said. "I'll tell you what: I didn't know him well, but I knew him well."

Chappelle ended up dedicating much of the four-hour show to Prince, telling various stories as he encouraged his band to keep playing.

"It's so much better that we grieve together," he said.

Chappelle and Prince built a friendship after a memorable skit on Comedy Central's 'Chappelle's Show'.

In an appearance with Jimmy Fallon on the 'Tonight Show', Chappelle laughed about Prince using the bit against him by using a photo of him dressed as Prince on the cover of 'Breakfast Can Wait'.

"That's a Prince judo move right there. You make fun of Prince in a sketch and he'll just use you in his album cover," Chappelle said. "What am I going to do — sue him for using a picture of me dressed up like him? That's checkmate right there."

April 25, 2016 |

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