Dave Chappelle is in the middle of a string of sold out shows at the Chapel in San Francisco. Last night Chappelle – whose most legendary sketch from Chappelle’s Show involves his portrayal of Prince – broke his silence about the purple unicorn.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Chappelle took to the stage around 2am in a somber mood and declared, “This is black 9/11,” adding to the crowd, “I almost thought about not coming tonight, but my band was like, ‘Yo, Prince would definitely not condone that.'”
While Chappelle’s shows weren’t originally supposed to be memorials for Prince, but like many live pop culture events for the last 36 hours, they’ve become that. The venue was lit up purple as Chappelle, with a backing band, ran through some stories and performed some songs such as “Kiss,” and “Nothing Compares 2 U.”
Ever since, the sketch aired, Chappelle has been intrinsically linked to Prince. Prince even acknowledged the sketch with his 2013 single, “Breakfast Can Wait.” Which is one of the reasons many of us have been patiently waiting to see what Chappelle would say about Prince’s passing. Chappelle even joked, “I kept wondering all day, ‘Why are they calling me?’” he said. “I’ll tell you what: I didn’t know him well, but I knew him well.” Chappelle closed the night by stating “It’s so much better that we grieve together.”
— Jamiegirl1 (@Jamiegirl1) April 22, 2016