Dave Chappelle upsets charity audience with “sh*tty show” (Video)

By | July 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm | 11 comments | News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

UPDATE: 7:30 pm EST

Dave Chappelle performed last night — this time, it was a 10-minute spot at Hard Rock Live (same venue) in Hollywood, FL and apologized for his “bad attitude” at Friday night’s show. For the full story, read the original account below.

It seems Dave Chappelle, despite his god-like status in the world of stand-up comedy, is not immune to awkward shows. Last night, the comedian was performing at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL as part of NBA star Alonzo Mourning’s Zo’s Summer Groove charity event. The show (hosted by comedian DL Hughley) was part of a larger series of events, which raised money for local South Florida programs. It wasn’t the first time Chappelle had donated his time to the cause; it was the fist time he ran into some trouble with the audience.

CNN news analyst Roland S. Martin was in the crowd and wasn’t shy about tweeting what went down. He began with this dispatch:

According to the Miami Herald, “A fan at the show said that Chappelle strayed from his material when a couple of audience members started making disparaging comments.” Andrew Barnett, the fan at the show told the newspaper that, “He allowed the audience to dictate the stand-up. He acknowledged them, which created a problem.”

Martin continued to tweet during Chappelle’s stage time:

But after watching the below three-minute video of Chappelle onstage, I have to say: that crowd seems to have been populated by a great many assholes. Also, from reading Martin’s tweets, you’d imagine the whole place was mid mutiny or something. When Chappelle finally left the stage, as you’ll see, people cheered; some people even stood up. It’s not like he was booed of the stage.

Chappelle, of course, hasn’t exactly had the reputation as a super stable guy; he famously walked out of a $55 million deal with Comedy Central in 2005. In the midst of filming the third season of his mega-popular sketch show Chappelle’s Show, he bolted and turned up in South Africa. He’s since denied his decision to flee had anything to do with drugs or alcohol, but did site his father’s 1998 death as a factor, saying because he was so involved in his career, he never had a chance to properly mourn his loss.

For the last few years, Chappelle’s been performing impromptu spots in Los Angeles and New York as well as the occasional planned, traditional club show.

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  • David

    What a weird show to try to just do stand up at.. The bigger the crowd, the more idiots. I think Dave just played the old game of attrition. If you know his personality (although vaguely, through his work and show) you would know that he’s nobody’s show pony. The mood was not right for Jokey jokes, so he just chilled, and tried to just flow. I’m sure more than one person was yelling for him to yell ‘I’m Rick James’ and he obliged by saying, ‘No, I’m Dave Chapelle. S’up.’

  • Travesty

    Kinda strange, at the end, it didn’t look like he wanted to leave the stage, or was just confused.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000118548701 Justin Ledlow

    Looks like the stage and atmosphere of a rock concert, not stand-up.

  • Jeffrey

    Wow.  He obviously wasn’t going to do material because someone was taping.  He’s trying to perfect his craft and prepare for his next special, and someone in the audience is trying to post it on youtube before it’s ready.  There is nothing “unstable” about what Dave Chappelle did…he’s basically protesting people who videotape comedians and post their unfinished material.  Much respect.  I’m disappointed in LaughSpins title, “…shitty show.”  I thought you guys understood comedy would not use  such a title just to get hits.  

    • Anonymous

      jeffrey… we’re quoting chappelle when we say “shitty show”; it’s in quotation marks. also, did you read this part of the story? “But after watching the below three-minute video of Chappelle onstage, I
      have to say: that crowd seems to have been populated by a great many
      assholes. Also, from reading Martin’s tweets, you’d imagine the whole
      place was mid mutiny or something. When Chappelle finally left the
      stage, as you’ll see, people cheered; some people even stood up. It’s
      not like he was booed of the stage.”

      -dylan

      • Jeffrey

        thx for clearing that up, Laughspin.  

  • Markhelfgott

    It’s over for this guy. It’s obvious he lost his nerve. He couldn’t take the pressure so he walked out on his TV show.

  • pseudos

    Doing stand-up takes constant practice, if you stop for a month it will throw you off, and he’s been away for much longer, cut the guy some slack, everyone has bad shows, everyone

  • pseudos

    Doing stand-up takes constant practice, if you stop for a month it will throw you off, and he’s been away for much longer, cut the guy some slack, everyone has bad shows, everyone

  • momo

    that is one ghetto ass crowd. what a shitty audience.

  • jerm

    unstable?? it’s the fucking press & writers who try to make look some one bad.

    dude is living a life that none of us will ever understand.

    for anyone to say the mans unstable should just stfu.

    he didnt want to be controlled by the industry