Dave Chappelle didn’t bomb in Hartford as a comedian; Hartford bombed as an audience

By | August 30, 2013 at 8:03 am | 145 comments | News, Opinion | Tags: , ,

Last night, Funny or Die’s traveling show, the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, swung through Hartford, Connecticut. And this morning, comedy fans woke to reports of the festival’s headliner Dave Chappelle “bombing” and being “booed off stage.” I wasn’t there. But based on the shitty fan-recorded camera videos I’ve watched and the e-mails I’ve received from level-headed witnesses, I’m confident in concluding that yes, people were booing and yes, Chappelle did walk off stage none too pleased.

However, Chappelle didn’t have a fucking “meltdown,” as some have reported. Nor did he “bomb.” The crowd in Hartford made it impossible for Chappelle to perform his act properly. Laughspin was there in Austin for the opening show of the tour. Chappelle did well– because, presumably, the crowd wasn’t a bunch of fucking animals (two more shows in Texas went off without a hitch as well). After politely asking the crowd to stop yelling out Chappelle’s Show and Half-Baked catchphrases and the like, the veteran comedian decided he wasn’t going to make a mockery out of his profession by trying to deliver jokes — like nothing was wrong — over the screams of fucking idiots (my words, not his). In fact, the official Oddball feed on Twitter had this to say:

One show attendee had this to say to Laughspin: “He just chatted with the crowd for the first couple minutes as he waited for people to take their seats and settle down, but they kept going with the screaming. He had some fun with it at first, but then he got serious and told people that if they wanted him to do his act, they should pipe down so he could start. I can’t tell you how frustrating it was to have him lay it out there in plain English that he wouldn’t continue until there was a reasonable level of quiet, yet people, who presumably paid a bunch of money to come see him, wouldn’t shut the fuck up.”

And for everyone questioning whether this is going to ruin Chappelle’s “comeback,” I’d like to explain that Chappelle just last month broke attendance records in Montreal at the Just For Laughs comedy festival. He was scheduled to do one show there and organizers had to add nine more. The shows were packed and Chappelle, by most accounts, killed. My guess is those crowds in Montreal weren’t a bunch of drunk animals. I’m not saying every crowd member in Hartford are to blame for Chappelle’s non-performance, but clearly there were enough to ruin the night for everyone.

The Oddball fest travels to 11 more cities through Sept. 22. Chappelle as well as co-headliners Flight of the Conchords along with Al Madrigal, Demetri Martin, Kristen Schaal, Jeff Ross, Hannibal Buress and Brody Stevens are scheduled to perform. Let’s hope the crowd in Pittsburgh and the crowds in the remaining cities act like humans.

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  • melodicmizery

    this isnt the first time hes left stage he has a number of times where hes just stand there and said nothing with a blank look on his face. hecklers have always been around every other comedian deals with them so dave should know how to handle it after 20 years. they werent even hecklers they were just over excited fans. i saw charlie murphy live and everyone was screaming fuck yo couch and he had no problem doing his entire set. i think he needs to just call it quits, i love him as a comedian and stand up comedian but he just has no idea how to deal with it. he doesnt even prepare most the time so you get long pauses sometimes where hes trying to think of what to say. really if you cant deal with that little type of situation then just dont tour at all because theres young kids 18 years old doing 10 minute bits getting hacked up by the crowd and they dont leave they sit there and finish

  • wbramh

    I dread going to most events these days. See a simple movie and a multiplex and somebody’s talking through the entire film, on a cell phone and/or kicking the chair of the person in front of them. I took my daughter to a football game and was surrounded by drunks spilling drinks on other fans and starting multiple fistfights in our section, a couple within fifteen feet of our seats. We left. Went back ten years later with my young son hoping things had changed. Same results – we left, again. Went to a Michael Jackson concert and people were in our (great and expensive) seats and refused to move. No security. This time I had to act on my own behalf and threatened to start hitting them until one of us was dead if they didn’t move. Went to a Kinks concert and about a dozen people, including me, were hit by projectile vomit from a 6’3,” 300 Lb loud drunk who must have eaten his own feces for dinner. Everybody within ten feet of him had to leave their seats. Went to a baseball game (a day game attended by thousands of kids) and drunks were sitting in my seats – cursing, grabbing at other fan’s food and scaring the hell out of children. This time I grabbed nearby security (6 large uniformed men) and the drunks were removed to the cheers of the entire section (after suffering through two or three innings of drunken abuse). The list could go on and on – and it’s been my experience that comedy venues are among the worst. Some people think it’s a joke-along – that other ticket-holders want to hear drunken Joe Blow from Hartford try out his new bit on the audience.

    I suspect more people than ever, drunk or sober, have no idea where their own space starts and stops in the public arena. Perhaps they spend too much time shouting with their typing fingers to social media outlets and from the privacy of their bedrooms. They simply may have no idea how to behave in civilized society.

    Whether Dave Chappelle handled the non-stop interruptions well or not is less the issue than why he had to handle it in the first place. No, it’s not a classical music concert or PGA golf tournament but maybe we ought to ask ourselves why it’s okay to subject a comedian (or paying and civilized fans) to these interruptions. If I want to listen to an obnoxious, non-stop shouting drunk I’ll go to my local bar. It won’t cost me a cover charge and I can be sure that, sooner than later, he’ll be bounced out by his ear. You’d think a $100 ticket would buy you the same protection.

  • gr0o

    This is exactly why Chappelle quit in the first place. Audiences wanted a rehashed episode of The Chappelle Show every time he stepped on stage and were pissed when Chappelle had the audacity to bring new material to the table. Entitled assholes have ruined it for all of us.

  • steve

    Every comedy audience should be perfect!

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  • eabfromcle

    I was at the Detroit Oddball show (post Hartford), and he was great. Welcome back, Dave–we really missed you! Stay healthy.

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  • notAdoucheLikeYou

    No matter what anybody thinks, no matter which side you’re on, there is one fact about comedy shows (or any stage performance for that matter):

    Performances are not conversations. You, the audience, are to shut the fuck up and enjoy the show. You are not expected to speak or yell things out. It breaks the performer’s concentration, ruins their timing and flow, and makes you look like a moron to everyone but your moron friends.

    Performances work one way and one way only: From the performer to the audience.

    • KidFury

      Exactly. Comedians don’t get onstage to have conversations with every drunk idiot who wants to yell some random shit. Whether it’s one person, ten people or fifty…shut the hell up and let the man perform. Nobody should be yelling out anything when a comic is performing. One person yelling in a crowd of 10,000 is enough to break a performer’s concentration. Sure, maybe he could have rolled with it, but he should not have had to. Respect the craft and shut your ass up. If you wanna yell Chappelle Show quotes, buy the damn DVDs and talk to your fucking television.

  • Derptard

    “I wasn’t there” Stopped reading right there. Then WHY ARE YOU WRITING THIS?

  • Black Truffaut

    “Dear Dave Chappelle’s fans: He’s one of the best
    comedians working, & you’re not letting him do what he loves. Stop
    being assholes.

    Chappelle’s
    touring now, trying to do his usual, brilliant stuff, and the crowds
    are screaming, “I’m Rick James, bitch!” Idiots.” – Patton Oswalt

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  • VoiceOfReason

    Amazing to me how many people commenting here with such definite, authoritative confidence have no fucking clue what they’re talking about. It’s that same arrogant mentality in mob form that ruined this show, not Dave.

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  • John Mullaney

    The Youtube video is from well after he stopped performing and started berating the audience.
    To me the initial shout outs from the crowd didn’t seem especially loud or numerous or obnoxious. Dave just seemed to have really thin skin. And once he stopped performing, things went down hill.

    Dylan, if you want to believe the Hartford audience was a bunch of animals and that Dave’s shit smells like heaven, go ahead. But I wouldn’t break the bank to go see Chappelle or expect much if you do.

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  • Black Truffaut

    I think what bugs me the most are all the people simultaneously praising Dave as an icon or a prophetic man. A great orator who is to be respected and listened to on top of being incredibly funny. Then in the same breath call him a loon or a crackhead or dismiss his personal feelings.

    • No One

      Anyone who called him a crackhead or a loon is just an idiot. He’s a person doing a job. But when he’s supposed to be a professional and pulls the shit he pulled last night on an audience whose support he has fully, that’s just inexcusable. People aren’t watching this shit on tv. They came out in support of this guy and got raped by “white consumption” to do it. So yeah people have the right to be pissed.

      • Black Truffaut

        clearly there is a conspiracy amidst. Every journalist reporting on the story has reported it as a crowd of mostly young white people over intoxicated ruining a great comedians set for a crowd of paying customers, but clearly you sir know the real truth. You know that this is one big conspiracy to leverage white guilt and vilify whites as is all too often the case in america. Thank you No One for being a truther and fighting the good fight. Clearly you are the only one who truly knows. God bless and godspeed sir!!!!

        • No One

          yeah that’s because that’s what journalists do. I just wanted to see Dave do his thing. Everybody else did too. That’s it. We can blame it on whoever we want. It’s simply disappointing. I never got to see him live and I was pretty excited to do so. He ruined it for everybody and so did the audience. So did white people everywhere. By the way, I’m black.

          • Black Truffaut

            cool bro, you’re black?! so was clayton bigsby…

        • No One

          Oh, and the “journalist” on this web page… Is reporting on something he wasn’t present for.

  • Black Truffaut

    An Open Letter From Dave Chappelle to his White Fans.

    http://www.popmatters.com/pm/column/harris060411/

    Dear White People:

    How are you? I am fine. Long time no see! I ran into Gary the other
    day. Tell him not to worry about that rash; a little penicillin will
    clear it right up. LOL. Anyway, on to business.

    First, I wanna say that I appreciate the support you’ve given me over the years—not only during my show, but since Half Baked, too… Although, really, would it have killed you to shell out $8 to see Undercover Brother? Alright, alright, we won’t get into that again. After all, I did make you rent Screwed. My bad on that one.

    If I may be so bold as to quote the great Lionel Richie: thanks for
    the times that you’ve given me. The memories are all in my mind. And now
    that we’ve come to the end of our rainbow, there’s something I must say
    out loud…

    I think we should see other people.

    There are lots of great comedians out there for you. Ant from Last Comic Standing,
    for instance. That gay bit never gets old! It’s nothing against you
    personally; black people and I have just decided to give it one more
    shot. I think we can be happy together.

    Really, it’s not you; it’s me.

    OK, maybe it’s you just a bit. I mean, I like you. I even love you. I
    just don’t trust you. You’re kind of like a creepy stepfather. You
    could be a great dad for years—taking me to ballgames, playing catch and
    all—but if I were to wake up one night to find your nut sack on my
    chin, I wouldn’t be all that shocked.

    You may have seen me on Oprah talking about the time I felt that a white guy on my staff was laughing at me rather than with
    me during a sketch I was doing in blackface. Or when I said that
    there’s a group of people who are “just fans” along for a celebrity
    worship ride, the type who scream, “I’m Rick James, bitch!” at my
    concerts. And maybe you saw in Block Party where Questlove from The Roots was talking about how frustrated I was with the “demographic” I attracted after Half Baked. That demographic, white people, was you.

    You’ve gotta admit that you haven’t exactly filled me with confidence
    in your self-control. You’ve taken slang like “bling”, “all good”, and
    “ho cake” and squeezed all of the edge out of them. And when did
    backwards caps become the official uniform of drunken keg stands? You
    wanna know why I went to Africa? Because “I’m Rick James, bitch!” was
    becoming the new “Dy-no-mite!” You already ruined Lil’ Jon’s career; I
    don’t wanna be next.

    I’ve started to feel like those reggae cats who come to America on
    tour, spreading Afro-centric messages like “Back to Africa” and “Kill
    whitey”, and the only people who show up to their concerts are
    50-year-old hippies and latte-sipping WTO protestors who don’t hear
    anything beyond “one love” and “legalize it”.

    Please, don’t make this harder than it has to be.

    It’s just that this interracial stuff has me tripping. I can’t take
    you anywhere without wondering what people think of me. I’m even hearing
    things now. Like, I was walking down the street the other day, and I
    swear somebody yelled out, “Gumbel!” I turned around, and no one was
    there. It was a sniper slur. That shit bugged me out!

    And how am I supposed to know you’re not gonna embarrass me by
    misinterpreting something I do in a skit? Like, when I play a homeless
    crackhead shitting in an alley, you might think that all black people do that! Sure, some black people shit in alleys, but some white people watch Laguna Beach. I won’t judge y’all if you don’t judge us.

    It’s best if we make a clean break.

    Don’t call, don’t come by my crib, and for God’s sake, no more email
    forwards about 10 ways to annoy people at the computer lab. We
    graduated, like, a decade ago! Let it go! I know that you like to feel
    like you have a black friend finally, but can’t you get a butler or a lawn jockey or something?

    I understand that, as a privileged race, it’s hard for you to feel
    that something is off limits to you, but pencil me in as #2 behind the
    N-word.

    Why must you love me so? I’m tired of being so damn likeable! Chris
    Rock doesn’t have to deal with this clinginess. He’s all sociopolitical
    and “ranty” enough in an angry black male sort of way that he keeps
    white people at arm’s length. Me, I’m the happy-go-lucky drinking buddy.
    If I talk about anything serious, it’s just “drunk talk”. It’s enough
    to drive a nigga CRAZY! Just kidding.

    But really, do you know what it’s like to be a comedian? I can’t have
    a conversation without someone expecting me to come up with some
    brilliantly funny nugget off the top of my head. And “Get the fuck outta
    my face” usually doesn’t cut it. It’s even more complicated when you’re
    a black comedian, and your primary audience is white. That’s why I
    gotta quit you.

    Am I paranoid? Maybe a bit, but can you blame me? As I said to Oprah,
    “Opes”—I call her “Opes”—“What is a black man without his paranoia
    intact?” A Republican, that’s what! You might be my best friend for
    life, but that doesn’t mean I might not find a Grand Dragon’s robe
    hanging in your closet one day. I wouldn’t even be pissed off about it.
    It was a calculated risk anyway, like hitting on 17 in blackjack: “Aw, damn… Oh well, it’s been fun.”

    I can’t stay in a relationship that’s always challenging my dignity
    and integrity. That’s Wayans Brothers territory. But I do realize that
    I’m partly to blame; skits about piss and venereal disease are just
    begging for a frat boy following. That’s why I’m turning over a new,
    socially responsible leaf. Block Party was the first step. More
    conscious material and less fecal material; that’s what Dave Chappelle
    has in store for 2006. (As you can see, I’m trying to hold back on my
    swearing and shit.)

    I know you’ll be disappointed in my new stuff; that’s why I’m sending
    this letter to you now. You deserve someone who’ll give you what you
    need.

    After all, I just want you to be happy.

    Your casual acquaintance,
    Dave

    PS—If, in a year or two, it turns out that the only gig black folk
    have for me is hosting the BET Awards, remember that when I wrote this
    letter, I was taking Ambien and had a mild head cold.

    • NO ONE

      DON’T BE FOOLED PEOPLE. THE SCREAMING IN THE AUDIENCE. BLACK PEOPLE AS WELL. THE LADY IN THE FRONT ROW WITH THE BOOK. BLACK. AND I’D BE SCREAMING TOO IF THE GUY JUST WALKED ON STAGE AND IN 3 MINUTES STARTED CHASING AFTER THE AUDIENCE.

      • Black Truffaut

        this guy hasn’t met a point he can’t miss. ^^^

        • No One

          And you haven’t met a point you can’t twist and make about the oppression of black people.

          • Black Truffaut

            not the oppression of black people. The overwhelmingly undeserved sense of entitlement white people have.

          • No One

            Did you not want to see Dave do his act?!? That’s white entitlement?!?! Wanting to see a comedian do his job? If everyone started yelling -both black and white- once Dave cut into the middle of his own act, how do come up with white entitlement? Don’t answer any of these questions. You’re just trying to fuck with people. You’ve got nothing to say that isn’t twisted up.

          • Black Truffaut

            white privilege and an overwhelming sense of entitlement are two different things. White privilege is being able to dismiss any “others” sense of racial wrong doing or feelings of potential racism being committed as “foolishness” “sensitivity” or “reverse-racism.” and entitlement is the ability to see an icon be berated by an audience of unwashed inebriated white kids and expect him to continue with his show because you paid him.

          • No One

            No I expected him to continue his show because up until that point he had absolutely no reason not to. People were doing nothing but showing appreciation for the guy until he started pointing his fingers at the same people showing him love.

          • ceeza

            interrupting him even if you think you are showing him appreciation is still insulting..

    • DS

      Hey Black Truffaut, I agree with a lot of what you’re saying, but I found that letter pretty suspect. Didn’t sound like it was written in Dave Chappelle’s voice at all (Dave is funnier). Turns out that’s because it wasn’t. It was written by a man named Mark H. Harris, as is clearly displayed above the letter. It’s a theoretical take on Dave’s opinions and I wouldn’t be shocked if there’s a decent amount of overlap with the real Dave Chappelle’s thoughts. Anyway, as a fan, I think it sucks, intentional or unintentional, to spread those words around as if they’re his. You’d probably agree that Dave Chappelle is a smart man fully capable of speaking for himself.

      • Black Truffaut

        yeah dude I didn’t mean to hide the fact he didn’t write it and I apologize for misleading people, that is why I included the link to the original article which states “by Mark H. Harris” at the beginning. But I get your point fully and I appreciate you. Good lookin out.

        • DS

          No worries. The only reason I brought it up is because even if Dave agrees with the core of that letter (he likely does), his sense of humor is so much better and more advanced and nuanced that it’s almost insulting to Dave’s talents to imply he wrote that. Hope that makes some kind of sense.

  • OriginalNixster

    Another article seems to make this article seem not that far off from being accurate in it’s opinion.

    http://www.ct.com/news/advocates/latest-news/wtxx-dave-chappelle-flips-off-hartford-crowd-walks-off-stage-20130830,0,4508852.story

  • NO ONE

    Oh, and no one heckled the guy until after ten minutes of him not doing his act!!! They were cheering for him until HE STARTED fucking with the audience! How hard is this to understand?
    You come on, we cheer, you start your act, we laugh, we cheer, you fuckin’ bail-out of your act and start talking shit?!?!?

    • TheTruth

      I work in a comedy club. The thing people don’t get is that most of the time a heckler thinks they are being positive. You don’t have to be spewing hate to be disruptive to a comedians act. Comedy is about carefully crafted rhythm and timing, and even someone yelling something they think is complimentary still messes with that timing. It’s nearly impossible to perform effectively when you’ve got a handful of people shouting, for any reason. You may not have gotten the full perspective of the disruption if you weren’t the focus of it. Cut the guy a break, if you think you can do better, prove it. Otherwise shut your fucking mouth and stay away from comedy shows. If you feel like acting like a little kid maybe a One Direction show would be better suited to you.

      • No one

        Every show, literally every show you go to is going to have people cheering. I’ve been to so many comedy shows. I’ve seen so many comedians at shows have the same exact thing happen and I’ve never seen them bail from their act like Dave did. It’s a stadium. You’ve got thousands and thousands of screaming fans excited to see you perform. You start your act, the crowd settles in. It’s not that difficult. We’re you even there? Did you even see a video that shows this thing from the beginning of his act? If not, go back to the comedy club. This wasn’t heckling. Not until he did what he did. Should people not clap or laugh or make noise when you tell a joke? What’s the absolute proper comedy show etiquette? You tell us.

      • Black Truffaut

        THE TRUTH HAS SPOKEN!!!!!!!

  • BushidoBrown76

    I like the part where the people tell the successful comedian what he should have done and how he should have done it. You go see the show. You don’t get to dictate. Do you chat it up with Beyonce or whoever at their concert? No you don’t. This isn’t Pinterest or your Facebook you as a part of the crowd don’t get a “say” or get to participate in the show because you paid, Just because heckling is familiar doesn’t mean it is acceptable or that is should be. Is it safe to say that some of the crowd was further intoxicated by the time Dave got on stage which could be why he had problems and not the other “pros”? I think people just want to be a part of the group that is “hey Dave has lost it” or “Dave is a “crackhead”. Just because you boo or jeer the man doesn’t make YOU “The Man”.

  • NO ONE

    This article is fucking infuriating by the way. The only reason I came to this website is because it’s the only one where I could comment without having to give my fucking social security number. Change the fucking headline and stop misleading people. OR PUT UP THE FULL VIDEO FROM THE START OF HIS “PERFORMANCE” AND SHOW PEOPLE WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED.

  • Black Truffaut

    I can’t believe a few things 1) people are really bringing back the “Dave is a Crackhead” meme 2) that people don’t understand that the same behavior the crowd exhibited for Dave would have led to lifetime bans and a quick tune up courtesy of the bouncer at any respectable comedy club. 3) Dave has said many times that he is insecure about treading the line between being laughed with and laughed at; it is quite possible the audience members made him feel like a modern day sambo in a minstrel show. They berated a black guy (who in all accounts is more talented, wealthy, and successful than the majority of kids who attend comedy festivals in hartford (white trash country) CT), until he had enough and walked off stage. The amount of entitlement and/or white privilege coming out of some of the other posters (specifically No One, Bob, and Stephanie) is astounding. You guys need to take a long look in the mirror.

    He did stereotypes on the show in order to poke fun at america’s fondness of stereotyping and prejudging black americans (which made him uncomfortable to the point he walked away from a lucrative contract because he felt white people were using his jokes to reinforce racism and stereotyping), now you ask him over and over to disregard his new material he worked on specifically for this tour and swap it out with some out of context chappelle show characters, who when stripped of context result to little more than shucking and jiving on stage. You can all go fuck yourselves. God I hate you honkies sometimes.

    - Random Black Comedian

    • No one

      THE FEELING IS MUTUAL. That’s some bullshit to talk. You’ve got no business bringing fucking color into this. Are you serious. Tell the man to do his fucking act or get the fuck off the stage. Simple as that. Nice to know black people are just as racist as white people. Thanks. Hate you too. But it ain’t cuz you’re black, friend. It’s cuz you’re a fuckin’ human being.

      • Black Truffaut

        There is a long history of asking
        African-Americans to endure racism silently; it’s characterized as
        grace, as strength. Chappelle’s Connecticut audience, made up of largely
        young White males, demanded a shuck and jive. Men who seemed to have
        missed the fine satire of the Chappelle show demanded he do characters
        who, out of the context of the show look more like more racist tropes,
        than mockery of America’s belief in them.

        • No One

          You are so out of line with that shit you have no idea. If he was white I would have felt just as cheated and had the same reaction. I had so much respect for Dave as a fucking PHILOSOPHER. I WASN’T THERE TO LAUGH IW AS THERE TO HERE HIM SAY SOME PROPHETIC SHIT because that’s what I respect in his act.

          • Black Truffaut

            Being in that crowd, a sea of drunk White male faces and seeing
            Chappelle sit there and be jeered at made me uncomfortable. Heckling
            isn’t uncommon for comedians but often when a comedian as famous as
            Chappelle puts their foot down, it is usually respected.

            While the racial makeup of the crowd was incidental, the way they
            treated Chappelle is not. It speaks to a long complicated history: the
            relationship between the White audience and the Black entertainer. This
            is a relationship you can easily trace to early minstrel shows, to
            archetypes of Blacks that still define the roles we’re offered today. We
            have seen more Black comedians bow to racist tropes, demean
            themselves—albeit unintentionally—for White audiences.

            Chappelle wasn’t having a meltdown. This was a Black
            artist shrugging the weight of White consumption, deciding when enough
            was enough. This isn’t the first time Chappelle has done so and it isn’t
            the first time his behavior has been characterized as a meltdown.

          • NO ONE

            I came there to see a show. I was polite and well behaved and I’m not the one who decided to become a comedian black or anything else. I’m also not the one who decided to put myself front and center in the midst of White consumption. That’s his fault. I paid to HEAR THE MAN SPEAK. So did everyone else. Black or white. You got cheated too, by Dave Chappelle. Because apparently he can’t handle doing the job he chose to do. He’s a comedian. Audiences cheer. Fuckin’ do your act and they will calm down.
            BY THE WAY ASSHOLE. EVERY VOICE I HEARD SCREAMING WAS BLACK COME TO THINK OF IT. AND THAT WOMAN IN THE FRONT THAT HANDED HIM HER BOOK WHICH HE THEN PROCEEDED TO READ FROM WAS BLACK. SO FUCK YOU.

          • Black Truffaut

            When he expressed shock that he’d sat there and been yelled at for so
            long, people yelled they paid him. They felt paying for a show meant
            they could verbally harass him, direct him in any tone of voice, as
            though they’d bought him.

            After his first “meltdown,” Chapelle said he left his show because
            he wasn’t sure if he was being laughed with or at. Seeing him walk off
            that stage last night, I think he’d decided on the answer. They had been missing his message,
            they weren’t laughing with him. And I’m glad to see that in Connecticut,
            he had the courage to laugh back.

          • No One

            WOW you really think you’re something special. I can’t believe you are that foolish. You got ripped off. You got to see Dave Chappelle not do his act and then blame it on white people.

          • Black Truffaut

            I believe you are the one who believes he is special. “I don’t care how epic this guy is, and how douchey and white trash teh audience is behaving. I paid for this black guy to make me laugh and god damn it he had dignity and walked away from the pabst soaked assholes yelling at him to soft shoe” – You sir are full of fail. If you were a real fan of daves you would have read his open letter to white fans a long time ago.

            http://www.popmatters.com/pm/column/harris060411/

          • No One

            You just quoted something I didn’t say. You sir are full of fail.
            Realize it. You got the shaft by a member of your own race. You spent the money too. You’re loss.

          • Black Truffaut

            lol whatever makes you guys sleep better at night. I know I’m great. I know Dave is the man. I also know swarms of cunty drunk white people often ruin things. His own open letter to you fucktards says it all. You guys don’t get the jokes. Laugh at the wrong shit. Perpetuate stereotypes and generally made dave uncomfortable.

          • No One

            You keep bringing up that racial shit. Give it a rest man please. You really are gonna make white people hate you. You’re reaching for something that just ain’t there man.

          • Black Truffaut

            So no you ask me to curtail my speech out of a fear that white people will hate me…

          • No One

            Absolutely! Because you’re saying outrageous, totally out-of-place things! Dave’s actions last night and the audience’s had absolutely nothing to do with the crazy stuff you came in with! You really sounded like the black version of a kkk leader- with everything reversed!

          • Black Truffaut
          • Shawful

            Why didn’t Hannibal Burres have a similar result if it was about “white consumption” and race?

          • No One

            Ha. Good point.

          • Black Truffaut

            Hannibal Burres isn’t nearly as big of an icon as Dave. All they have in common is their blackness, and white people haven’t yet fetishized him in the same way? Do you guys really lack nuance? They are on two completely different levels. People werent as drunk yet. Lots of reason, but nice try at being a snarky cunt of a man tho.

          • Shawful

            I’m a woman. And I wasn’t trying to be snarky. It was a real question. I was at the show and never once thought about race. It makes me sick to read all of this nonsense. It’s disgusting anyone is making this a race issue.

          • Black Truffaut

            “It makes me sick to hear black people discuss race”
            “I don’t see race, so it must not be a factor.”
            “I am a woman”

            Please, Just Stop.

          • Shawful

            I said none of that except corrected you on my gender, unless saying I was being a “snarky cunt of a man” was directed at someone else? In that case, my mistake.

            The show was full of all different acts, races, genders, comedy styles, etc. Kristin Schaal didn’t go over well, nor did Demitri Martin, but that’s to be expected at a comedy festival with such a broad lineup and at such a massive venue.

            I’m not saying racism doesn’t exist. I’m just saying what happened last night had nothing to do with race or the rest of the show would have also reflected it.

            Now I’ll stop, darlin’.

          • No One

            Hahahaha what a dick. Nice try? Way to swoop in and come to the “not-quite-famous-yet” black comic’s aid.

          • Black Truffaut

            “I understand that, as a privileged race, it’s hard for you to feel
            that something is off limits to you, but pencil me in as #2 behind the
            N-word.” – Dave Chappelle

      • Black Truffaut

        also you noticed how this fucker ignored all my real points and harped on the one racial thing i said and then tried to call me a racist when he is the one trying to belittle a comedy god and insert his no talent hack opinion on what the god should have done. WHITE PRIVILEGE AND ENTITLEMENT MAKE WHITE LOSER MALES THINK THEY KNOW BETTER THAN DAVE CHAPPELLE.

        • No One

          You’re whole original fucking comment is about race!!!!

        • No One

          You’re the one spitting racial hatred. I could give a fuck that you’re black. Seriously. And you’re still spitting hatred. Way to go. Keep going. I could go on all day about race. But I don’t think that’s why we’re here.

  • No One

    What also really bothers me is that, being the headliner, he really disrespected all of the other acts that came before him. Everyone backstage had to have been pissed at him. How can you not be? Everyone that came before you onto the stage was professional and handled themselves better than you did. Even though their acts weren’t as good as what you’ve done and what the people were expecting, they conducted themselves professionally and so did the audience!
    I’m actually surprised the audience wasn’t shouting for the mics to be turned down on the Kristen’s set. Her voice was way too loud. And you could hear almost none of lyrics during flight of the concords but (to my surprise) no one shouted “Can’t hear you!”. The audience was pretty fuckin’ well behaved. Once the audience started turning on Dave (after he kept drawing attention to us over and over again) one girl yelled out “im in college and i paid for this show.” She was pretty far back and Dave actually heard her and then proceeded to repeat what she said instead of just starting the act. It was like he was looking to cause a problem. I’ve never seen a comedian so blatantly and SO EASILY abandon his/her routine like that. Unreal.

  • TSatt2112

    There is nothing that pisses me off more than to pay good money to see a comedian and have some asshole from the audience try to take over. Shut up. We’re here to see the comedian, not listen to your feeble attempts to get some attention. No one is there to ‘discover’ drunken assholes in the audience. If you think you’re funny, take your balls out of your Moms purse and go to an amateur night. Fortunately, the owner of our local club doesn’t put up with that bullshit. Douchebag hecklers get tossed the fuck out after a couple of warnings that are way more polite than I’d ever be.

  • Guest

    Was most likely drunken University of Hartford assholes. That school is a mad house.

  • Bobby Haha

    I am a big fan of Dave Chappelle I was not at the concert. I however believe that A crowd is never wrong. Just like in business. The customer is never wrong. And even if they are. We as comedians have to adjust. I once did the same thing. I was upset. I walked off the stage after 20 min of a one hour set. I don’t regret it. It taught me though. Do not do it again. I learned from it. And all said. I am still a fan of Chappelle. And we all make mistakes. But the customer is always right…………..

    • NativeSonKY

      There are ALWAYS a certain percentage of dickish customers.

  • Poordave

    Well Dylan I WAS at this show and have a completely different take. I never once heard pipe down from Dave. I love the guy and, as I’m sure many in the crowd were, came away feeling disappointed and a bit depressed. You go to a show wanting to laugh and instead are treated to a story of Richard Prior bombing at his final show and soon thereafter dying from a heroin overdose. I’ve been to plenty of shows comedy and otherwise and never before have I had the performer tell the audience he hopes they all get in car crashes on the way home. Blaming an audience is a hack move for a comedian or a writer, be a professional. Unfortunately in Hartford last night the biggest animal had the mic.

    • BranCo86

      Wow, I’ve never seen someone post such a short comment that contained so many errors. I was there, and emailed Dylan about what happened. Dave told people multiple times that he’ll start the show once they quiet down. At one point he even asked the security to “feel free to step in at any moment,” basically begging them to throw someone out to make an example of them, but they just stood there like idiots. The Pryor story (spelled PRYOR) wasn’t about Pryor “bombing” at all, it was a pretty tragic and touching story about his last days as a comic. And Pryor died from a heart attack not a heroin overdose, I’m not sure where you got that from. Were you at a completely different show than I was? The audience deserved everything the crowd gave him, and assholes like you not getting to see him almost makes it worth me not getting to see him. Hartford is a horrible place and I hope it burns down along with all the idiots who live there

  • Boognish

    I’m really surprised so many people on the web have been defending Dave for what happened. I was there and it was excruciatingly awful. It seems like people watch the videos and hear the crowd being rowdy and say it was our fault. He walked out to boos because we had to sit there being berated for what felt like a lifetime. I was all the way on the back of the lawn so I had a good vantage point of the crowd. We were all sitting there silent and dumbfounded while he talked to people in the front forever. So for anyone who thinks its the crowds fault, remember there were tons of people not under the pavilion who couldn’t even hear what was happening with the heckling and whatnot. Not saying I don’t hate the handful of dummies who provoked him, but he threw a big tantrum and it was pathetic to watch. Also, when he decided he could continue the “comedy” he just kinda babbled a story with barely a laugh to be found, and then started pouting again. I don’t think people understand how damn awkward and unsettling it was to be there.

    • No One

      It was absolutely cringeworthy. And what made it so cringeworthy was that everyone’s like, “he’s doing this to himself.” “There’s no reason not to just continue your act.”

    • John Mullaney

      Yeah, you nailed it. By the way, I was in the 3rd row and it came off exactly the same way for me as it did for you… excruciatingly awful… we too were silent and dumbfounded. I guess that woman with the book was the only one who enjoyed the show.

  • Dan Licoppe

    No veteran road comic or true comedy fan condones bad audience behavior. However, in Mr. Chappelle’s case we’re talking about a “bad”audience of 10,000 fans, most of whom specifically came to see him, paid $100.00 each, and were “disruptive” by yelling catchphrases, etc. from his
    television shows and movies. Read that statement again, and then put yourself in the shoes of the thousand other road comics doing shows this week in shitty comedy clubs, bars, worse, where the “bad” audiences are playing pool during their shows and telling them to “get the fuck off the stage”, not “we love you”. Just saying, let’s not have a pity party for poor Dave Chappelle. Thousands of
    working comics would change places with him in a heartbeat, and would have done
    the show like a professional, as they have to do this week for shit money and
    likely shit crowds.

    • No One

      God damn right Bob. He dis-respected all of his co-workers that came before him last night. There was no reason for him to handle that the way he did.

      • Boognish

        I agree! It is messed up to be so bratty and self indulgent when other comics were workin hard. Ended the day with bad vibes.

        • No One

          My friend and I walked out once he started reading the book. We were both furious. And even when I was furious I kept my mouth shut. No one around me including myself and my friend ever shouted a word. We just left. It went beyond bad vibes- straight disappointment. A guy you really have respect for because of the content of his act. And in such a deliberate way- before the audience ever even turned on him- just says thanks for your money and fuck you.

  • steve

    I don’t know who is to blame. But writing an article without being or at least video is a pretty low standard. I could believe the audience was fool of idiots.. but a Dave Chappelle meltdown certainly is not out of the question.

  • No One

    Dave Chappelle absolutely did this to himself. He came on the stage to nothing but love and cheers. He’s a comedian- and people are cheering for him! Buddy, you settle them down by doing your act. Just do the fucking act! The problem is he never even started the act. At one early point he even made a comment about having 3 minutes of material to fit into a 25 minute set. And he literally did just that: 3-5 minutes of “material” which was him talking about being 40 and then he started cutting himself off, talking about something’s off in the audience. Nothing’s off! People are excited! Continue the fucking routine! What comedian intentionally created dead-air to incite people to comment! All he had to do was just continue. That’s why everyone turned on him and RIGHTFULLY so. Would somebody PLEASE put up the full video of him from the point where he came out on stage?!?!
    You’re right Dave, the audience didn’t do this for anyone else. And everyone else pretty much sucked. You caused this flat out. Completely un-professional. By the way folks, this is not the first time Dave has done this. Do a little research. You’re a pro- you know audiences are going to cheer for you. You absolutely had them in the palm of your hand until you started doing what you did, almost intentionally. Everybody around me is going “what he is doing that for??”. “He’s sinking his own ship.”
    It’s not enough that people over pay for everything- the tickets, the parking, the food, the drinks, the fucking water- the main act has to go chasing after the audience instead of just doing his act. The people will shut the fuck up when your not telling them to shut the fuck up and then going silent for huge chunks of time. AND NOW THE AUDIENCE IS GETTING BLAMED?!?!?! fuck you dude. Seriously fuck you. You’re not getting my money or my attention ever again.

    • BushidoBrown76

      So….you being in a crowd of people can speak for everyone there and their behavior? You can vouch for the fact that everyone sat their like an audience of angels and this guy came out with the vendetta of ruining your night and everyone elses? Bullshit… “Just do the fucking act”
      Really? How could he if he keeps getting interupted? Im sure a teacher can easily teach a class of students who continuously talk or interupt them. Its my fault…. I keep thinking that we live in a society of folks who practice “personal responsibilty” Either that or the majority of folks have never or dont often go to see a comedy show and dont uderstand the etiquette. So maybe they dont know you enjoy the show and shut the fuck up.

      • brijazz012

        Chappelle has the mic. He can talk through the noise, and the crowd can choose to listen or not; given that they all dropped ~$80 to HEAR HIM SPEAK, it’s safe to assume that they would’ve listened if he’d actually done his act instead of sitting and smoking. In the absence of being entertained, the crowd got rowdy.

        I saw Doug Stanhope in Toronto a couple of weeks back, and the first few rows were like a who’s who of escaped mental patients. They were drunk and noisy, but Doug just rolled over ‘em and they settled down and everything went fine.

        • ifrosteei

          It’s not safe to assume anything really. The facts of the matter are that people were being assholes at a level that was clearly inappropriate and after asking them to stop with the bullshit, the bullshit continued to ensue.

          Great for Doug Stanhope. He had people who settled down. Apparently Dave had people who settled down too in Houston, Austin, and Dallas, TX because from those shows, he’s only got great reviews.

          Maybe Connecticut has a higher ratio of assholes to adults when compared to Texas.

          • crl826

            He didn’t get only great reviews. I was at his Austin show for Oddball and the one he did a year prior.

            Both times it was clear he did not have material. Both times he prevented people from quieting hecklers and actively told them to ignore the people telling hecklers to shut up.

            He brags about not having 45 minutes of material. Thats why he encourages the hecklers…he’s hoping he can improv something. But he can’t. After giving him almost 200 dollars for 2 shows where he had a combined 20 minutes of material….I got no sympathy for him.

          • BushidoBrown76

            Dave along with Dane Cook have done hour plus marathons of comedy. What are you talking about? Hours! Not a small set… hours! Stop forcing it. He is a good comedian. It wasn’t his fault this night went bad. There is such a thing as shooting yourself in the foot and the crowd hear did just that.

          • crl826

            Is your argument that he has done good shows so he must still be doing good shows?

            He was a good comedian and he may be one again. He has not been one since his comeback.

          • BushidoBrown76

            No my argument is that he has plenty of material.

          • crl826

            So when he said he only had 11 minutes of material he was lying?

  • brijazz012

    I understand Dave’s frustration, I really do. Now, with that being said:

    He’s playing in an 30,000-seat amphitheatre, not a 300-seat comedy club (and charging accordingly, natch). That’s gonna make for a noisier crowd, just based on the sheer numbers. Furthermore, there are a lot of people in that massive crowd who don’t attend comedy shows (I mean, is Hartford really a hotbed of comedy clubs)? When you go see The Stones you shout “Satisfaction”. So, there’s gonna be folks who figure that yelling “Rick James” is fine.

    So, blame can be cast on the audience for not following etiquette, and on Chappelle for expecting an amphitheatre to be a hushed audience.

  • Stephanie

    ALSO – don’t write an article about an event you did not attend. It makes you look bad and unreliable as a journalist.

    • ceeza

      Also you made Hartford look like Hartford.. This is why you don’t have a hockey team..

      • BranCo86

        Seriously, couldn’t agree more with ceeza. Stephanie, go fuck yourself. You are the reason last night was a disaster. Please don’t even attend another live comedy event because you ruin it for everyone else. Stay home in your cave and watch it alone where you can’t bother anyone. You don’t understand how live comedy works.

        And “don’t write an article about an event you did not attend,” makes you sound like an even bigger idiot. This is a news event in the comedy world. Dylan’s just not supposed to acknowledge it because he wasn’t there? He has to be at every event where something notable in comedy happens? If that was the case with reporting, news simply wouldn’t exist. They rely on sources and firsthand accounts. In conclusion, jump off a bridge you moron.

        • Shawful

          Bran- have you been to any other comedy shows? Just curious.

          • BranCo86

            Countless, and it’s supposed to be a performance, not an interactive shout fest where people yell shit out to make their friends laugh

          • Shawful

            I agree with you. I’ve been to several comedy shows and seen a lot of comics deal with real shitty heckling. They destroy the heckle, not the show for the hundreds or in this case thousands of people who were watching with their mouths closed. I agree that it’s obnoxious and immature to yell his old lines and skits to him while he’s up there. 100% true. But the venue, in this case, is the wrong place for Dave. It’s an arena, not a comedy club. It was a festival with 5 hours of drinking prior to him coming on. You won’t have a silent room (though there was a moment when you could have heard a pin drop) and his mic was way louder than the few yells he focused on… I can’t think of any other comic who would have reacted the same way. There was a ton of confusion for me. I only heard a couple of randoms yelling “I love you” which most comics would disregard and keep their act going, which happened all throughout the night. Also, from what I witnessed, the booing, volume of the crowd and heckles started 17 mins in only after Dave made it clear that he wasn’t going to do his act.

          • BranCo86

            I hear what you’re saying, but from where I was, he was getting the yells and screams from the start. They never allowed him to start. I think his main problem was responding to the shit people were yelling out in the first place. Once people saw that he would repeat their heckle and respond to it, drunk idiots saw it as an opportunity to get him to talk to them, and then the flood gates opened and just got progressively worse. But there was definitely never any point where it was a subdued crowd that allowed him to start the routine.
            It actually made me really bummed out about how evil people can be. It’s like they saw the headline of “Chappelle has breakdown on stage,” and they loved the idea of seeing that live, and wouldn’t let up until they got what they wanted.

          • No One

            So you really don’t think there was any way that Dave himself could have prevented what happened last night?

          • BranCo86

            I think had he not responded to hecklers, and just tried to start his set and keep going, regardless of what people said to him, yeah, he could’ve gotten through it. But he’s not the type of dude who is going to just bow down to the crowd when they’re walking all over him. He clearly doesn’t give a shit what people think about him, and if I were in his shoes and was taking that beating, I don’t think I’d feel inclined to put up with a ton of bullshit to make those people happy. If people are going to be dicks to him, he can be a dick right back. It sucks that the people who weren’t yelling had it ruined for them too, but I blame the crowd, not him

          • No One

            Jesus, you’d think we were at completely different shows. I didn’t think the crowd was beating up on him at all. I think at one point there’s a window of silence and somebody screamed out “dave we love you!” and that just set him off. I wouldn’t think a comment like that would turn someone from his audience but I really didn’t see any other time before that where the audience was being any different than an audience always is.

          • BranCo86

            I think we’re at an impasse here because I’m of the opinion that any yelling at out a show like this ruins it for everyone, and you think it’s okay as long as it’s positive stuff. I bet you wouldn’t be able to find a single working comedian who would agree with you. Comedy shows should be like a theater performance, but because of the subject matter and venue, people think they’re at a rock concert

          • No One

            And it was held at a rock venue. I don’t think that helps.

          • Shawful

            I agree with you. And I also agree that it’s the wrong venue for comedy. The other acts dealt with the same random shout outs and input from drunken or overly excited audience members, but they had the mic and didn’t let it get in the way. Dave didn’t do this. That’s the difference, that’s the story. That’s it.

          • No One

            Yeah really. And there’s that. The other acts. Sure people weren’t as excited to see them… but you also didn’t see them throwing insults or booing. And they could have because the sound was ear-piercing. They were respectful.

          • No One

            So then why does this keep happening? This isn’t some random incident either. This seems to be a trend with Dave (or with Dave’s audience). I felt so let down last night and it was primarily because I’ve seen audiences be the way they were last night and it was never a problem for so many other comedians. And, I knew they were gonna pin it on the audience today- just like they’re doing. Hartford wasn’t an unusual audience. Even for the size. Right from the start I was thinking, “Dave is going after the audience” it’s like he doesn’t even have an act to do. Why’s he provoking them??

          • Shawful

            I guess that’s where we’re seeing things differently, because from what I witnessed, there was absolutely no “beating” and “walking all over him” until the end. He had us in the palm of his hand. When he decided to stop his act, there were literally 4 or so random shout outs. I honestly barely noticed them because I was so into his act and in an arena setting with concerts or otherwise, there’s always someone yelling, “I LOVE YOU!” It is tuned out as background noise to me in that setting. Clearly that’s not the case for him and it really got to him and that’s the important part. I just think it’s crazy not to put some of the responsibility on him. If this is the case, arena tours/festivals are a bad, bad idea…

          • No One

            I think people are frustrated because he’s a professional and he knows how to control an audience. This wasn’t his first outing. He knows damn well what he’s walking into and what he walked into was support! I’m frustrated and I feel really let down. I never would have thought the show would go that way. Especially with him being a veteran. Hartford was really no different than any other big venue. There were no special circumstances. I’d really love to give the guy the benefit of the doubt but I’m as adamant as I am because I saw the whole play out the way it did and I can’t justify blaming it on the audience. And I’ve been trying because I really don’t want to believe that happened the way it happened.

  • Stephanie

    Walked off the stage after insulting the audience (ie: calling us shitty and telling us to go fuck ourselves) and telling everyone how he would make millions by sitting there for the next 32 minutes doing absolutely nothing, but smoke his cigarettes. And that’s what he did, then walked off the stage! We went specifically to see him and wow….what a disappointment. ive never seen someone act that way on a stage. What a bad attitude.

    oh….and did I mention he insulted the audience for cheering for him and referencing his works such as his film Half Baked and his Oprah skips….which he tooks OFFENSIVELY? jerk

    • ceeza

      Hey Stephanie I was there and you are shitty and you can go fuck yourself.. You are part of the problem.. and this little gem of yours illustrates perfectly why.. “oh….and did I mention he insulted the audience for cheering for him and referencing his works such as his film Half Baked and his Oprah skips….which he tooks OFFENSIVELY? jerk” ..

      Without a hint of sarcasm you fail to realize that screaming out during his set even if you think it’s praise is actually extremely insulting. You are not directing the show you goofball. You are messing up his entire flow and timing. You jerks ruined it for all of us..

  • Bob James

    I agree with KLR…he could’ve just got on the mic and turned the entire audience against the one or two people who were saying “we love you” an made jokes about them…he was looking for excuses. How come EVERY other act was able to succeed with laughter and Dave couldn’t do it. He looked like a joke…sounded like a joke…and took everyone’s money. He had a bad night and you idiots who think otherwise who weren’t even there can suck it.

    • ceeza

      I was there and you are part of the problem.. It wasn’t 1 or 2 out of 8000.. it was pockets of drunken a holes.. He’s trying out new material and getting back out there and this is what he gets? The strange thing is the heckling started out as what the crowd considered praise.. Somehow they believed yelling “we love you” at him and yelling “I’m rich James bitch” and some of his other old bits at him was not insulting.. Well it is insulting.. You’re messing up his whole flow and timing.. I for one am happy he gave a f you mic drop and took his cash and wiped his ass with those frat boys and your ticket stubs.

      • brijazz012

        Is “trying out new material” on an audience who paid $60-110 for a ticket really acceptable? How much do people have to pay for a polished performance?

        • ceeza

          yes it is acceptable.. Thats the whole point. He a freaking comic.. He’s performing and your are paying to watch him perform.. Let him work.. you don’t do new material in front of a mirror.. And by ‘new” I mean you can’t find the jokes all over the internet already.. This wasn’t the first stop on the tour either.. He had problems with Austin Texas a few years ago but this past Friday, with this same material, they respected him and he gave them a full show and they loved it.. read the reviews.. Hartford was the problem not Dave.

          • brijazz012

            Cool. Come see my band, we charge $80 and we haven’t practiced. I mean, we could rehearse by dropping into some club on a Monday night, but nah.

          • ceeza

            he had already done the material and killed with it in Austin and Dallas on this same tour.. he’s been doing little pop up gigs every now and then for the past year .. I saw him in NY last year.. I shouldnt have said “trying out” because now youre being a dope and cherry picking..

          • brijazz012

            Actually, you should’ve have said “trying out”, because he wasn’t “trying out” the material.

            By saying “trying out”, you give the impression that Dave is not giving his “A” material (which, as you’ll see in my previous comment, I don’t think Dave would do on a big tour). It’s the same reason that when you pay $100 to see The Stones, they play “Satisfaction” instead of shitty songs from their new album.

          • ceeza

            First off “A” material is subjective and second off good grief man. I bet you are a blast at parties.. The fact his he’s going on tour and giving you FRESH material you’ve never heard before.. Of course he’s tried it in front of small audiences but he’s doing FRESH stuff.. Also doing stuff that kills in Texas might not work in NY or CT etc so that’s the real “trying out” part.. You can’t really know how a joke works in a region until you do it.. But that’s not my larger point.. The Texas audiences loved his FRESH material and the Hartford crowd( small portion) was drunk and unruly and wanted to be part of the show and ruined it for us by screaming out his old bits.. .. The Stones analogy is flat.. That’s not how comedy works.. I went to a phoenix concert right before their new cd dropped.. They played 5 songs from the new album that none of us had heard.. We grooved but it wasn’t the same as when we grooved to their hits.. They have to see what works though.. This audience wanted him to do his hits and that’s not how comedy works. I don’t even understand why they want to hear the purple drank joke again.. Idiots.. His Paula Deen material at the beginning was hilarious..

          • ceeza
      • Bob James

        Ceeza..u can fuck yourself…get off Dave’s dick because u were part of the audience too who Dave ripped off…you are the problem standing up or a crackhead..Dave is a crackhead who freaked out 11 years ago..and we saw the tip of the crackhead iceberg again last night

        • jon

          actually at the end of it dave thanked the people who were quiet and respectful said he was sorry to them, and told the rest he hated them.

  • Olia Yelner

    Wow nice article from a guy who wasn’t even there. The crowd were not animals, and no other comedian was booed, or threw a hissy fit, which is exactly what Dave Chappelle did. He walked out on stage to a standing ovation. Then he told three minutes of jokes, and told the audience that we’re off somehow. During this break from what I assume was his set, a few people (I mean really just a handful) yelled things like “we love you Dave.” So he got really upset and told us to punch whoever is yelling in the kidneys. A bunch of people walked out and it got quieter, but he did not go on with his set. Instead he BSed with the people in the front row. The rest of us sat there- pretty quietly actually, so see where this would go. It went nowhere and people started to boo. I can’t really blame them because they didn’t pay $100 to see Flight of the Concords or Jeff Ross in tiny braids. All the other acts by the way, did their sets with no problems even though some people yelled pretty nasty things at Jeff Ross. When you’re a professional comedian, and your act falls apart in three minutes, it’s not the audience. I think Dave Chappelle was in no mood last night, and took it out on 10,000 adoring fans.

    • Shawful

      Totally accurate.

    • Muse324

      That’s totally not true. I was there. Sat 11 rows back from the stage. He DID wait for the crowd to settle down so he could continue. Began his routine and began to get irritated because the over zealous crowd would quiet down. It wasnt until 15-20 mins he began to realize that he wasn’t going anywhere with his set. He even said it himself that he was loved to death last night. Idk, if you’ve ever been to a legit comedy show but when you finish a line and you have a handful people yell back at you everything you say that ISN’T conducive for a comedy show in any way. I understand the crowd loved him and were excited to see him. I sat in ear shot of everything that was yelled at him. It was frustrating as a audience member to hear because it seemed most wont let him work. The crowd wanted 2004 Chappelle and not the 40 year old man that was in front of them. Everyone was fine for the other acts allowing them to do their sets without any interruptions. So before you begin to shit on him you should understand the dynamics of a comedy show first.

      • ComedyFan

        I too was there, and you don’t know as much about comedy shows as you think you do. Young up and coming comedians face crowds 10x worse than what Chappelle faced at Hartford. If Dave was still the ambitious young comedian trying to make a name that he once was, he would have ignored the rowdy drunks in the crowd and told jokes, which would shut up the hecklers quicker than anything else. Everything that was shouted was heard because Dave had no stage presence, he got quiet after every joke and looked out into the audience and responded to everything he heard. This is not how you handle 8,000 people. He made jokes about the audience policing itself, saying to punch anyone who yells in the kidneys. This created an atmosphere where the crowd was yelling at itself, furthering the commotion. It was a shitty crowd that a veteran comedian should have been able to handled, but Dave was not in the mood for it and he let it get to him.

        • ceeza

          You know nothing about Dave and or comedy.. Who are you to say “this is not how you handle 8000 people”? he’s not shooting free throws you goof.. He has walked out on sets where a holes like you were present his entire career.. He walked off on goofballs back in 1999.. He walked away from 50 million dollars.. He’s not there to interact with you knuckleheads.. i was there and you scumbags ruined it for all of us.. Shouting “we love you” and “game blouses” is not praise it is insulting.. He trying to give you a show and you’re messing his whole flow and timing up.. Only a drunken frat boy would think thats how you behave.. Do you go to watch “A book of Mormon” and talk all the way through it? Of course not.. Yes some comics get energized from heckling but that’s a small % and we’re not talking about them we’re talking about DAVE.. He’s a story teller and you a holes wouldn’t let him work.. Just because you paid money doesn’t mean you are directing or are a part of the show a hole..

        • JoshHomer

          You’re a comedy fan, not a comedian. That’s clear from your fan idea of what comedy is.

    • comedyfan

      Spot on.

  • KLR

    Hey Dylan, how can you write an opinionated article when you weren’t even at the show. The audience sucked? No they didn’t. The comedian who should know how to run a show sucked. Those boos you heard? That was after 15-20 minutes of watching Dave Chappelle act like a baby and refuse to perform because about 10 or so people were shouting things like “we love you Dave” or Chappelle Show quotes (which is stupid but hey, people like him). You can’t tell a group of over 10,000 people to be silent. Most of the audience was silent and even screaming at the “hecklers” to shut up because we genuinely wanted to see him perform. “Hecklers” come with the territory and if he just ignored them and started it would have been fine. There were a few opportunities where he made jokes about the “hecklers” that got the whole crowd roaring. He should have just said “fuck it” from there and started his performance. He really could have turned it around.

    • Shawful

      Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • White Mom, Black Dad

      Yup. That’s what I saw last night too.

    • jon

      no the crowd was obnoxious as all hell. Its not easy to stand on stage and tell jokes and do your job when every time you open your mouth numerous people in the crowd scream garbage out. every single time he tried to get going he got shut down. interrupted 2 or 3 times during his very short paula deen joke, couldnt even finish his asians loving him joke. After asking nicley numerous times for the crowd to pipe down and let him do his act he finally gave up and as he should, why should he have to compete with a bunch of assholes just to get a word in edge wise? At actual comedy shows (the kind where its inside and security does its job) loud noisy people get thrown out because it takes away from the show and the comedian has to spend time either trash talking a heckler or trying to talk over it. The drunk obnoxious crowd ruined it for the rest of us. To be honest they were pretty shitty to kristen schall & dimitiri martin as well.

    • John Mullaney

      Exactly. That’s exactly how it looked from my seat.

    • Bert Bert DiVietri

      KLR, no man. He shouldnt have to. People should shut up. You dont go to plays and be loud, same respect. You have not ever done stand up I am sure, to turn around a crowd of 10,000 people is obnoxious. Its hard to turn around a crowd of 50 man. You dont know what you are even talking about.

  • Steven Kilpatrick

    It’s crap like Hartford that made me leery of this current festival.

    I went to see Bob Sagat in Dallas a few years ago, and the opener was the very funny Ryan Stout–I had to edge closer and closer to the monitors just to hear what he had to say, because the House of Blues crowd was terrible.

    It only got worse when Bob took the stage. He spent more of his time dealing with these frat boy hecklers in the back of the room than he did on his act.

    That the House of Blues did nothing to get rid of these guys, and that I had to pay for tickets to hear three self important douche bags share their unwanted voices, made me 90% sure that the Dallas crowd was gonna go all Hartford on Dave last weekend.

    Ultimately, this was one of the reasons I didn’t want to spend 100 bucks to go to the show.

    Little did I know that the blowup wouldn’t happen until later in the week, and somehow, from what I can tell, the Dallas fans kept their tedious leather jackets and trophy wives at home, and enjoyed some comedy like adults.