Dave Chappelle Blasts Hecklers at Live Show

Comedian's return to the stage marred by rude fans.

Posted: 09/03/2013 09:15 AM EDT

Dave Chappelle's return to stand-up comedy got off to a rocky start. The reclusive comedian was scheduled to perform a set at Oddball's Funny or Die Festival in Hartford, Connecticut over the weekend, but cut his performance short when audience members refused to stop heckling him.

Chappelle was in good spirits when he started the set, with a number of jokes about Paula Deen that seemed to go over well with the audience, but then things took a turn for the worse. Chappelle became frustrated by audience members who continually shouted at him and interrupted his routine. About ten minutes into his set, he put down the mic and sat out the rest of his time on stage. 

While many media outlets are chalking up the tension to Chappelle's infamous "petulance,"Ebony's Lesli-Ann Lewis, who was in the audience, offers up a different perspective. She points out that the mostly-white crowd kept shouting references to his previous works ("I'm Rick James, B---h!") and not allowing Chappelle to get through his new material. For a while, according to Lewis, Chappelle engaged the audience members, but soon grew frustrated. 

"I’ve been up here a while now and I thought it was me but now I'm sure it’s you. There is definitely something wrong with you." he told the audience, before adding, "Times like this, I wonder where Katt Williams is." 

After deciding to sit out the rest of his show, which the rowdy audience wouldn't let him get through, he stated, “I’m going to have to read about this s--t for months.”

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