• Dave Chappelle upsets charity audience with “sh*tty show” (Video)

    UPDATE: 7:30 pm EST

    Dave Chappelle performed last night — this time, it was a 10-minute spot at Hard Rock Live (same venue) in Hollywood, FL and apologized for his “bad attitude” at Friday night’s show. For the full story, read the original account below.

    It seems Dave Chappelle, despite his god-like status in the world of stand-up comedy, is not immune to awkward shows. Last night, the comedian was performing at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL as part of NBA star Alonzo Mourning’s Zo’s Summer Groove charity event. The show (hosted by comedian DL Hughley) was part of a larger series of events, which raised money for local South Florida programs. It wasn’t the first time Chappelle had donated his time to the cause; it was the fist time he ran into some trouble with the audience.

    CNN news analyst Roland S. Martin was in the crowd and wasn’t shy about tweeting what went down. He began with this dispatch:

    According to the Miami Herald, “A fan at the show said that Chappelle strayed from his material when a couple of audience members started making disparaging comments.” Andrew Barnett, the fan at the show told the newspaper that, “He allowed the audience to dictate the stand-up. He acknowledged them, which created a problem.”

    Martin continued to tweet during Chappelle’s stage time:

    But after watching the below three-minute video of Chappelle onstage, I have to say: that crowd seems to have been populated by a great many assholes. Also, from reading Martin’s tweets, you’d imagine the whole place was mid mutiny or something. When Chappelle finally left the stage, as you’ll see, people cheered; some people even stood up. It’s not like he was booed of the stage.

    Chappelle, of course, hasn’t exactly had the reputation as a super stable guy; he famously walked out of a $55 million deal with Comedy Central in 2005. In the midst of filming the third season of his mega-popular sketch show Chappelle’s Show, he bolted and turned up in South Africa. He’s since denied his decision to flee had anything to do with drugs or alcohol, but did site his father’s 1998 death as a factor, saying because he was so involved in his career, he never had a chance to properly mourn his loss.

    For the last few years, Chappelle’s been performing impromptu spots in Los Angeles and New York as well as the occasional planned, traditional club show.

    Dylan P. Gadino

    Dylan is the founder and editor emeritus of Laughspin.

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