Did Dave Chappelle deserve to be booed during his stand-up show in Detroit? New video shows the comedian facing an angry crowd after he appeared drunk and slurred his words during a Detroit stop on his comeback tour.
Chappelle played two shows in Detroit’s Fillmore Theater last Thursday, and reviews indicate the first performance went great. But things quickly went downhill during his second set that night. Sources told TMZ that the comedian arrived to the stage an hour late. He then spent most of the set rambling and slurring words instead of telling jokes.
The crowd quickly grew restless, with one fan yelling, “Let’s hear some of the act!” Not to be deterred, Dave Chappelle fired back, “Well, sir, it’s a little late for that. Right now I’ve got to get off stage because 2 o’clock in the morning.” Several other audience members then replied that it was only 1 a.m.
And the Dave Chappelle trashing did not end with the boos. After the show, many rushed to the Fillmore Theater Facebook page and demanded their money back. So far, the theater is not budging, insisting it has no control over the quality of the acts.
“Horrible don’t go,” wrote Heather Becker. “Second show last night was ridiculous. Walked out. Did not get what I paid for….. refunds please!”
Added Tony Harder: “Can we get a refund lol was at the 2nd show and he was wasted lol crowd wouldn’t shut the fuck up.”
Others, meanwhile, defended Dave Chappelle’s Detroit show, insisting the booing got out of hand. “Dude did a spectacular job,” insisted Keith Dewberry. “He didn’t do many jokes, but he freestyle it all night. Crowd interaction was great. Someone wud yell something and he wud make it a joke. #funny..i understand some ppl were frustrated with the flow of show but all the stuff he was saying was funny. Ppl need to lighten up.“
Added Andrew Suski: “I was at the 2nd show. It was a one of a kind! I feel it was as RAW as it gets… would love to see the routine one day.”
Some even blamed the crowd’s booing for Dave Chappelle’s disappointing performance. “I just watched Dave Chappelle be verbally harassed for an hour and a half by a disgustingly drunk Detroit crowd,” Jake Blankenship wrote on Twitter. “He couldn’t get a word in.”
Of course, Dave Chappelle is no stranger to heckling crowds. Back in March, a fan was arrested after throwing a banana peel at the comedian during his New Mexico show. And in January, Chappelle walked off stage in the middle of his set after being booed by a Connecticut crowd. So it’s no surprise that the comedian is taking this Detroit incident in stride.
“Out of the 50 shows on the tour, Thursday was definitely not his best set,” an unnamed Chappelle representative said. “On the flip side, the incident inspired some additional sharp-witted material and (Friday) he came back with a vengeance.”