As hopes for a third season of “Chappelle’s Show” fade into the distance, fans of Dave Chappelle’s comedy can take heart in a bit of good news: Dave’s back onstage.

It’s not the set of his Comedy Central show, but Chappelle is in the midst of a U.S. tour that kicked off with a five-night stand at the Funny Bone in Newport, Kentucky, last week that found the comedian playing two shows a night to packed houses.

With the exception of two surprise sets at comedy clubs in Los Angeles earlier this summer, Chappelle has been mostly off the grid since unexpectedly halting production on his popular sketch-comedy show and taking off for a “spiritual retreat” in South Africa in May (see “Dave Chappelle Reportedly In Mental Health Facility”). The 10 sold-out shows at the 325-seat Newport venue