Dave Chappelle don’t let the grip get him down, speaking with emotion. The comedian spoke through his rep about how he rises above the heartbreaking incident when a man attacked him on stage during a recent show.
The actor’s rep also adds that the 48-year-old Chapel’s Show graduate has bought into the saying, “The show must go on.”
“As unfortunate and disturbing as this incident was, Chappelle carried on with the show,” his rep continues, praising Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock for “helping calm the crowd with humor before Chappelle introduced the latter and invited musical guests. to happen”. evening.” (Rock, 57, even joked about the incident at the 2022 Oscars when Will Smith punched him on stage.)
It was a historic night for Chappelle, who, according to his rep, set “record sales for a comedian at the Hollywood Bowl,” adding that the performer now shares “the loudest show among all comedians” in famed Los Angeles. Angeles. the place.
On Wednesday, we confirmed authorities had identified the man as 23-year-old bystander Isaiah Lee. According to multiple reports, he was arrested and later charged with assault with a deadly weapon. He is being held on $30,000 bond, authorities told us on Tuesday.
For his part, Chappelle is “fully cooperating with an active police investigation,” his rep told us.
The ‘A Star Is Born’ actor himself recently came under fire for comments he made about the trans community in his 2021 Netflix special. such a negative reaction that some employees of the streaming service staged a retaliatory strike.
In October 2021, Chappelle addressed the outrage while screening another of his projects. “If that’s the cancellation, I like it,” he said in response to the applause he received at the premiere, which also took place at the Hollywood Bowl.
While Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos initially shared his support for the controversial comedian after the backlash, he later explained that he “screwed up” even though his stance on Chappelle’s comedy “didn’t exchange”.