Dave Chappelle: Man with knife blade and replica gun attacks comedian during Netflix is a Joke festival

Comedian was tackled on stage during his set at the Hollywood Bowl

Nicole Vassell
Wednesday 04 May 2022 08:11
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Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage in Los Angeles by an audience member, according to reports at the scene.

The comedian was performing at the Hollywood Bowl as part of the Netflix is a Joke festival when a man charged at him on stage while armed with a knife blade and replica gun, police said.

US reporter Sharon Carpenter was at the show and shared her account on social media.

“Dave Chappelle was just assaulted on stage at his Hollywood Bowl show,” she tweeted on Wednesday (4 May).

“He was finishing up his performance when a man ran on-stage and lunged at him knocking him to the floor. Security and his entourage then cornered the man as Dave joked about him getting ‘stomped’ backstage.”

Another account from the show came from reporter Brianna Sacks, who stated that “a man charged and tackled” Chappelle just as the show was ending.

Audience members were not allowed to have their phones at the show to prevent the leaking of content.

However, some people managed to capture footage from directly after the incident. One video shows Chappelle thanking Jamie Foxx for his help during the clash on stage.

Another video posted on TikTok shows Chris Rock joining Chappelle on stage after security subdued the man and took him away.

He could be heard asking “Was that Will Smith?” in reference to the incident that saw him slapped by the actor at the Oscars in March.

“Whenever you’re in trouble, Jamie Foxx will show up in a sheriff’s hat,” Chappelle joked.

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In another tweet, Carpenter spoke directly to the camera to recount what happened.

“A man ran on stage, lunged at Dave, knocking him to the floor,” she explained. “And then, Dave's security, his entourage managed to get the guy off, had him in the corner.

“Dave was on the mic, obviously a little bewildered by the situation at first, and then began making jokes about how he thought it was Will Smith, and how the guy's getting stomped backstage.”

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