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Dave Chappelle is lighting up the Toronto stage, in more ways than one.
The reclusive comedian has just wrapped a three-show gig at Toronto's Winter Garden Theater -- part of a characteristically hard-to-nail-down "pop up" tour -- during which he smoked numerous cigarettes throughout the 75-minute set. And that act has earned a warning from the city.
Chappelle paid an unscheduled visit to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Wednesday, a "brief" meeting captured and broadcast to Twitter users by an aide.
But later in the day, the Winter Garden received a call from Toronto Public Health, the Toronto Star reports. The call was to remind them of the provincial Smoke-Free Ontario Act, which states "that all performers must be in compliance with the (no tobacco use) legislation,” according to city spokesperson Kris Scheuer. “There are no exemptions.”
It's unlikely Ford tipped them off, however. The controversial mayor, despite fighting a public battle with his weight, remains staunchly committed to unhealthy vices like red meat and alcohol.
His latest public dustup arose after a commuter snapped a picture of Ford reading a document while driving his Escalade and posted it to Twitter. Asked about the photo at a press conference later that day, Ford replied, "Yeah, probably. I'm busy."
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