Dave Chappelle has a habit of walking away when things don’t go his way, and when he feels his fans don’t appreciate him. Part of the reason he left his popular Chappelle’s Show is because he didn’t like that his fans were always coming up to him saying, “I’m Rick James, bitch!”, one of his signature catchphrases. Then, in June of 2004, when the audience kept shouting the popular phrase during a stand-up show, Mr. Chappelle simply walked off the stage, prematurely ending his set. He then returned, only to say, “You know why my show is good? Because the network officials say you’re not smart enough to get what I’m doing, and every day I fight for you. I tell them how smart you are. Turns out, I was wrong. You people are stupid.” (Sacramento Bee via Wikipedia)
He’s done it again! From E Online:
The 40-year-old funnyman walked off stage during last night’s Funny or Die Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival in Hartford, Conn., after being heckled by some audience members.
Chappelle’s onstage tantrum occurred during his standup set. Over a mixture of fan cheers and boos, Chappelle said to the audience, “Thank you. Good night,” before setting down the mic and finishing his set. He simply walked off stage to Kanye West‘s song “New Slaves” as the applause faded and most of the crowd booed his untimely finish.
Actually, he said more than, “Thank you, goodnight.” Before that he said, “I like some of you, I hate some of you. I forget some of you, but I don’t forget all of you.” Then he mumbled something about how they were “ruining his chances for congress” (???) and then he left.
Comedians are jumping to his defence. Patton Oswalt tweeted, “Dear Dave Chappelle’s fans: He’s one of the best comedians working, & you’re not letting him do what he loves. Stop being assholes.”
OR how about Dave Chappelle deals with the fact that maybe there are occasionally going to be assholes out there who don’t worship him? I agree that hecklers suck. I think the venue should have kicked them out. I saw Lou Reed live and he had a heckler and Reed stopped playing and shouted something like, “Get this f-ckhead out of here” and everyone cheered and a security guard threw him out. Then Reed continued his set and it was awesome. That’s how it’s done, Chappelle.
Someone took video of the incident. Here it is:
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No one… NO ONE… should be talking shit about Dave. One of the greatest comedians of our time. He has everyone’s respect and he can do whatever he wants with his life and he WILL succeeed. Dave, you hearin this? FUCKIN GO BIG.
Usually comedians can handle hecklers. He must be hormonal or something. I guess men have “their time”.
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