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Dave Chappelle Is Still Pissed Over His Flop Standup Show

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Dave Chappelle performed at a Funny Or Die comedy show in Connecticut and it didn’t go well — he was booed. He threw a hissy fit, told the audience he hated them, and left the stage. He’s still pissed off about it. Here’s some of what he had to say about the incident, at a show he did in Chicago last night from TMZ:

“I don’t want anything bad to happen to the United States,” Chappelle said … “but if North Korea ever drops a nuclear bomb on this country, I swear to God I hope it lands in Hartford, Connecticut.”

Chappelle then called the crowd “evil” … and described them as a bunch of “young, white alcoholics.”

“I wanted to pull a reverse Kramer and call them all crackers or something crazy like that.”

Dude, whatever. You flopped. You bombed. You ate it. Hard. Get the over it.

Dave Chappelle Throws A Tantrum Because He Got Booed

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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:

Dave Chappelle Is Sorry He Wasn’t Very Funny on Friday

Dave Chappelle, bombing in progress, on July 23 (GETTY IMAGES)

Yesterday afternoon, Vulture published the single funniest headline I’ve ever seen outside of the Onion (“Dave Chappelle Tells One Joke at Charity Event, Proceeds to Stare Down Audience”). Chappelle’s awkward 53-minute set was hosted as part of ex-NBA player Alonzo Mourning’s Summer Groove charity gala Friday night. The set bombed, and CNN analyst Roland S. Martin sat in the audience, livetweeting the whole mess.

Dave Chappelle somehow saw, and recognized, the CNN analyst in the crowd. “…Dave started talking to me, asking if I was putting this on CNN. Yes, from the stage!” Martin tweeted. He continued, “He’s been on stage 46 minutes & told one joke.”

And since you were wondering, no. No, Dave Chappelle wasn’t on drugs or anything, as Martin was quick to point out in his tweets. And it wasn’t as if Chappelle weren’t self-aware during his own performance; in fact, he reportedly remarked on how hard he was bombing with the audience as it was happening: “I’ve been onstage more than 40 minutes. I’ve only told one joke. The audience has told 38 jokes. F—-ing fantastic.”

Apparently, Chappelle was disgruntled because audience members in the front row repeatedly chimed in during the opening three minutes of his act. But instead of killing his hecklers with comedy, Chappelle just kind of… tried to wait the audience out?

Not only that, Chappelle received four text messages during the show “and actually checked them,” Martin livetweeted. Finally, Chappelle was booed off the stage.

Yesterday, Chappelle returned to the Seminole Hard Rock stage in support of the same charity event. There, he apologized for his “bad attitude” the night before, and this time delivered a shorter—and funnier—10-minute routine.

I honestly feel bad for Dave Chappelle, and I don’t think he owes anyone an apology. It is little surprise he was so easily ruffled, because he’s avoided the limelight for literally years now—his mellow crowd banter has been temporarily displaced, it seems, by a help-help-I’m-out-of-practice panic.

But turning his ire into 50 minutes of just standing there, glowering? It’s kind of genius. Tedium has always been a cornerstone of edgy comedy.

After the cut, a 3-minute video clip from the beginning of Friday’s show: Right off the bat, Chappelle is obviously uncomfortable with the crowd’s enthusiastic interruptions. Near the end of the clip, Chappelle begins to castigate an audience member for “filming the whole thing on a camera-phone.” Yep. The audience turned on him soon after.

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