Last Thursday night we broke the story that Dave Chappelle had problems with the crowd during the Hartford stop of the Oddball Comedy Fest. Resulting in him performing for a brief period of time, kill some time, and then leave the stage after the unruly crowd wouldn’t let him perform.
This past Saturday night on the tour’s stop in Chicago, Chappelle addressed the issue. Da Laughin’ Barrel obtained audio of the comedian’s on-stage explanation of the incident claiming, “I swear to God it wasn’t my fault and I promise you, contrary to popular belief, that I’m not on drugs.” Adding the Chicago crowd was better than Hartford. “I will never go back. I won’t even go back to Hartford for f*ckin’ gas. I don’t want anything bad to happen to the United States, but if North Korea drops a bomb on this country, I swear to God I hope it lands on Hartford, Connecticut, onstage at that f*ckin’ arena.”
Chappelle added that the crowd was evil and full of “Suburban torturers. Young white alcoholics. Just booin’ and talkin’ all kinds of sh*t. I wanted to pull like a reverse Kramer, just call ’em all crackers or something like that.” Stating, “That sh*t in Hartford was bad! You know that crowd feels lucky that they got to see me freak out. It’s just like being at the f*ckin’ tiger show the night Siegfried & Roy got their throats bit out by the tiger. It’s f*cked up, but I know that’s why you go to the tiger show.”
By many other accounts of Chappelle’s tour since the incident, everything has gone great since that night.
Here’s the audio