In an odd–but modern–way to promote a personal appearance, thousands of people in Portland, Ore., learned through text messages and Twitter that comedian Dave Chapelle was going to perform a free show in a downtown Portland square at 1 am Wednesday morning, the Associated Press reports.
Chappelle expected about 200 to come. Thousands arrived at the last minute to see the show, the AP reports.
"It’s not clear why Chappelle was in Portland, and what led him to [Portland’s] Pioneer Courthouse Square," the AP said. "I’m not here for money," Chappelle told the crowd.
Chappelle might be best known for walking away from his hit show several years ago on Comedy Central, despite having a deal on the table that would have paid him about $50 million.