If comedy becomes too slow for Dave Chappelle, I should try his hand in a bit of Rugby, will this after he shrugged off an attacker the same way Habosi breaks tackle….no joke friend.
Chappelle was attacked onstage by an armed man as he performed at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl arena, with videos from audience members’ cellphones quickly flooding social media and showing a man appears to run onto the stage and tackle the comic.
The Los Angeles Police Department reported that the 23-year-old man pointed a weapon, later determined to be a replica handgun that contained a knife blade, at Chappelle.
The suspect, identified as Isaiah Lee of Los Angeles, was arrested and accused of assault with a deadly weapon.
Chappelle was not injured in the attack.
Following the incident, Lee was transported to the hospital “for medical treatment for injuries” before being taken to the police station and arrested. Lee is being held on a $30,000 bail.
Chappelle’s representative, Carla Sims, said in a statement that
“Chappelle is fully cooperating with the active police investigation into this incident.”
“The performances by Chappelle at the Hollywood Bowl were epic and record-breaking and he refuses to allow last night’s incident to overshadow the magic of this historic moment,”
Chappelle, whose unapologetic humour has made him a lightning rod for criticism, appeared unscathed by the sudden interruption and later joked with fellow comedian and actor Jamie Foxx onstage that he’d taken revenge on his attacker.
Videos posted to Twitter appeared to show the person who charged Chappelle being detained outside the venue by police and then loaded into an ambulance with visible injuries. Witnesses said — and videos appeared to show — that the man was set upon by multiple people onstage immediately after he attacked Chappelle.
While the entire debacle was captured in multiple videos shot by members of the audience, cellphone use was officially banned during the performance.
The motivation for the initial attack remained unclear.
These are the videos
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Here is when the team backstage took matters into their own hands:
The idiot getting beaten down after attacking Dave Chappelle at Hollywood Bowl pic.twitter.com/Ft0FIUyjWv
— Jed Simon (@JEDSIMON) May 4, 2022
Chappelle was onstage performing as part of the “Netflix Is a Joke” comedy festival, sponsored by the streaming giant.
Comedian Chris Rock was at the show and jokingly asked if the attacker was Will Smith — who made headlines by bounding up on stage and slapping Rock at the Academy Awards in March.
There isn’t really a reason Chappelle drew a sharp rebuke late last year from the transgender community for jokes at their expense featured in his latest Netflix special, “The Closer,” which premiered in October.
Netflix stood by the Washington, D.C., native, continuing to air the special despite hundreds of its own employees staging a walkout over what they deemed Chappelle’s transphobic jokes.
The comic later said he’d be happy to meet with any member of the community, but that he would not be swayed by “anyone’s demands” to censor his routine.
Why do people keep messing with Chappelle the man has told us countless times he will tussle with the best of them when it comes to the craft.