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Controversial comics/commentators Dave Chappelle and Joe Rogan bring their co-headlining tour to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Thursday, Oct. 28. 

With an in-the-round stage configuration that maximizes seating capacity, this will likely be the largest crowd to attend an arena show in New Orleans since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

That pandemic delayed this concert twice. Rogan and Chappelle were originally slated to co-headline the Smoothie King Center in April 2020. That initial date was canceled as the first wave of the pandemic shut down live entertainment around the globe.

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A new Chappelle/Rogan show was booked at the Smoothie King Center on Sept. 4. But it ended up being postponed for two valid reasons: the damage and power outages across south Louisiana caused by Hurricane Ida, and Rogan coming down with COVID-19.

He's recovered, so the show will (finally) go on. But the logistics for comedy concerts, this one in particular, are different than what many concert-goers may be used to. 

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Here's what you need to know about the Chappelle/Rogan show:

No cell phones, cameras or recording devices are allowed. Cell phones, as well as smart watches, must be secured in Yondr pouches upon arrival. The pouch stays with you throughout the show, but cannot be unlocked until the performance is over. If you need to access your phone during the show, you can go to one of the Yondr stations on the concourse. Anyone caught using a phone inside the arena is subject to ejection.

Tickets must be printed out in advance. You can't simply scan the ticket on your phone for entry. You must have a printed, paper copy.

Still want to buy a ticket? It will cost you. The show is almost entirely sold out. The cheapest ticket listed on Ticketmaster at noon Thursday was $275 plus service charges and taxes. Resale sites such has Stubhub and VividSeats listed upper-level seats starting at approximately $150, plus $50 or more in service charges and taxes per ticket. Those sites are also subject to dynamic pricing, where the price of a ticket can fluctuate higher between the time a buyer initiates the purchasing process and then finally checks out.

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Chappelle and Rogan likely won't be the only acts on the bill. Two or three other comedians have typically opened shows on the tour. At Nashville's Bridgestone Arena last Sunday, the opening acts included roast-master Jeffrey Ross, Tom Segura and Donnell "Ashy Larry" Rawlings. It's unclear if any or all of them will be on the bill for the New Orleans concert. 

COVID protocols: On Friday, New Orleans suspends its indoor mask mandate. Technically it is still in place for tonight's show, but if last weekend's concerts at the Smoothie Center were any indication, most patrons will ditch the mask after arriving at their seats. Proof of a COVID vaccine or negative COVID test from the previous 72 hours is required for entry.

Parking: Parking in the Caesars Superdome lots is limited. For concerts last weekend, parking cost $25 in the Superdome lots and only credit cards were accepted as payment. 

Will Dave Chappelle talk about "The Closer" controversy? Most likely. Chappelle's latest Netflix special, "The Closer," offended some viewers who thought comments he made were homophobic and transphobic. Some employees at Netflix's Los Angeles headquarters staged a walk-out to protest the special. 

Chappelle addressed the dust-up in Nashville last weekend and in a videotaped message he recorded as a sort of encore to that show, then released this week. Never one to shy away from controversy, he'll likely expound on the topic onstage in New Orleans.

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