A random man got on stage and attacked comedian Dave Chappelle, during last night's Netflix is a Joke comedy festival, but was quickly subdued.
Legendary comedian Dave Chappelle was involved in an attack last night while on stage during the Netflix is a Joke Festival. The festival has been ongoing for around a month with many high-profile comedians doing shows all around the Los Angeles area. Chappelle was performing on his final night at the Hollywood Bowl during his own “Dave Chappelle and Friends” run. The comedian would bring on tons of comedians to perform as well as notable musical guests. Last night was no exception as Busta Rhymes, Chris Rock, and Jaime Foxx were part of the lineup. Somehow, a man got on stage to attempt to tackle the comedian. Cell phones are usually locked at his events, but fans caught some of the occurrences. You can see the initial attack briefly below:
This is the only video that shows the initial tackling of Dave Chappelle. There is no follow-up footage, as the comedian usually has people lock up their phones when performing. However, some fans were quick to pull out their phones to take videos. The scary part about this is that the man in question had allegedly been armed with a gun and knife, which was confirmed by LAPD. How this random man got on stage is a shock, considering that there should have been security waiting at the front. The attacker was corralled by both security officers and Jaime Foxx.
Dave Chappelle was not as shaken up about the incident as many would initially think. After the attacker had been subdued, Chappelle returned to the stage to speak on the matter. He initially quipped, “It was a trans man.” This is considering the comedian’s last two stand-up specials which have seen the man come under fire from the trans community. Chappelle brought Jaime Foxx back out to comment on what had transpired. Foxx claimed that he thought the attack was part of the show before he sprang into action. Foxx also had a heartfelt moment with the crowd as he said, “Listen, I just want to say…this man is an absolute genius. We’ve got to make sure we protect him at all times,” said Foxx. “For every comedian who comes out here, this means everything. You’re a genius. You’re a legend, and we’re not going to let nothing happen to you.” This is a sentiment that is shared by many people. You can see the video of this exchange below:
Dave Chappelle claimed that he had “stomped this n**** backstage” and joked that he had always wanted to do that. Whatever happened to this man, he is surely massively injured, as one final video had been taken by someone outside of the Hollywood Bowl. For those who are squeamish, do not hit play on this video. The man had allegedly been beaten backstage, which led to his arm being horribly dislocated and his wrists broken. He was armed with a gun and a knife, so it stands to reason that he had to be disarmed, literally. You can see this harrowing video below:
This attack on Dave Chappelle comes on the heels of Will Smith going on stage to slap Chris Rock at the Oscars. That was an unprecedented moment that damaged the acting community and the stand-up comedy community, as now people think they have free will to attack comics telling jokes on stage. This has led to plenty of comedians stating that they will not be bullied by anyone who thinks they can attack them. One of which was Tony Rock, Chris Rock’s brother, who claimed that anyone who went on stage to hit him would be dealt with savagely. Thankfully, Chappelle is ok.