Dave Chappelle is speaking up about the rowdy Hartford, Connecticut crowd that ruined his comeback performance earlier this week.
The comedian was ten minutes into his set at Oddball's Funny or Die Festival in the New England town when members of the crowd kept interrupting his jokes to shout references to his old material. According to eyewitnesses, Chappelle then decided he had enough and sat out the remainder of the set.
The funnyman addressed the incident during his Chicago tour stop, telling the audience the Hartford crowd were a bunch of "young, white alcoholics" and that he wanted to pull a "reverse Kramer." Chappelle is, of course, referring to the incident years ago when Seinfeld actor Michael Richards went on a expletive and N-word laced rant to an audience at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles.
"I don't want anything bad to happen to the United States, but if North Korea ever drops a nuclear bomb on this country, I swear to God I hope it lands in Hartford, Connecticut," Chappelle told the Chicago crowd.
Indeed, while many news outlets chalked up Chappelle's outburst to his infamously petulant personality, Ebony's Lesli-Ann Lewis corroborated the comedian's account that the mostly-white crowd was drunk and disorderly. At the time, Chappelle told the audience, "It's times like this I wonder where Katt Williams is." He was referring, of course, to another comedian with little patience for hecklers.
While it looks like the incident didn't drive Chappelle to quit comedy again, as some feared, it's not likely he'll perform in The Consitution State again.
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