Dave Chappelle opens for Chris Rock and Kevin Hart in New York at Madison Square Garden

Dave Chappelle opens for Chris Rock and Kevin Hart in New York just days after the Minneapolis venue canceled their sold-out set hours before showtime because of their trans jokes

Dave Chappelle took the stage at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Saturday night for a surprise set.

The 48-year-old stand-up comedian opened up to pals Chris Rock, 57, and Kevin Hart, 43, for what Hart called an “epic night.”

It comes after the artist’s recent controversial show in Minneapolis was canceled due to protests at the city’s First Avenue theater.

Unexpected performance: Dave Chappelle took the stage at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night for a surprise set

Unexpected performance: Dave Chappelle took the stage at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night for a surprise set

TMZ reported that the veteran comedian took the stage to the sound of Radiohead’s Karma Police.

Chappelle puffed on a cigarette as he opened up to the public without even an introduction.

The outlet noted that the comic indirectly referenced his Minnesota booted set when joking, “I had to sneak in here.”

He reassured fans that “despite what you may have read in the news, I’m fine and appreciate the support.”

Memorable: The 48-year-old stand-up comedian opened his doors to pals Chris Rock and Kevin Hart for what Hart called an 'epic night'

Memorable: The 48-year-old stand-up comedian opened his doors to pals Chris Rock and Kevin Hart for what Hart called an ‘epic night’

Kevin took to social media on Sunday to reflect on the show and share a trio of photos.

Engaging his 150 million Instagram followers, he wrote, “Last night was by far the best moment of my career.”

He gushed: “I can’t even explain it… I can’t find the words… Just know that last night was the true definition of an ‘EPIC NIGHT’.

The comedian praised his friends and colleagues, adding, “I love my brothers more than words can explain. What we did in the Garden will never happen again.

He then said: ‘We made history last night!!!!!!!!’ before adding hashtags, “#ComicRockStarSh*t #RockHartChappelle”.

New post: Kevin took to social media on Sunday to reflect on the show and share a trio of photos

New post: Kevin took to social media on Sunday to reflect on the show and share a trio of photos

A few days earlier, Dave was scheduled to perform at the Minneapolis First Avenue venue.

The performance space canceled the show hours before it was supposed to appear, bowing to the demands of MnUprising, an activist group.

The collective called Chappelle a transphobe and complained that the artist had “hurt them” with his “transphobic views”.

That was enough to convince the historic establishment to scrap the event, despite selling 1,500 tickets at $129.50.

The remaining shows in the city have moved to the Varsity Theater, as noted in a statement from First Avenue.

Backlash: It comes after the artist's recent controversial show in Minneapolis was canceled due to protests at the city's First Avenue theater

Backlash: It comes after the artist’s recent controversial show in Minneapolis was canceled due to protests at the city’s First Avenue theater

When he finally took the stage at the new venue, the iconic entertainer doubled down on his previous statements about the transgender community.

“Comedy is just comedy,” Chappelle said as he took the stage to cheers, also noting that 50 years ago George Carlin was arrested for performing his “seven words that you can’t tell on TV”.

As he finished his routine, Chappelle urged his fans to greet the animosity with love. And despite the small number of protesters who petitioned the show, fans walked away smiling.

Chapelle earned her 12th Emmy nomination for Netflix’s The Closer, which came out in October to backlash for its transgender jokes.

Obliged: The performance space canceled the show hours before Dave was supposed to appear, bowing to the demands of MnUprising, an activist group

Obliged: The performance space canceled the show hours before Dave was supposed to appear, bowing to the demands of MnUprising, an activist group

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