U.S. venue cancels comedian Dave Chappelle's show following backlash

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(Reuters) - A U.S. venue cancelled Dave Chappelle's stand-up show just hours before he was due on stage on Wednesday, after critics lamented the scheduled gig following controversy over the comedian's jokes about transgender people.

In a statement on its website, First Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota said Chappelle's show would moved to the city's Varsity Theater, where the U.S. comedian is also due to perform on Thursday and Friday.

First Avenue had announced the Chappelle show earlier this week, drawing criticism on social media.

Chappelle drew a backlash last year for material in his Netflix comedy special "The Closer" that some in the LGBTQ+ community said ridiculed transgender people. His supporters viewed it as a cry against cancel culture.