COMEDIAN Dave Chappelle is no stranger to criticism when it comes to his career, but in May 2022, things became physical.
During a performance at the Netflix Is A Joke festival, Chappelle was attacked by a man on stage.
What happened to Dave Chappelle?
In April 2022, Netflix launched a new comedy festival that features performances from countless comedians across the Los Angeles area.
Among the scheduled acts was Dave Chappelle, but his performance did not go as planned.
On May 3, 2022, he took the Hollywood Bowl stage and was attacked by a man in the audience.
Videos that were shared online show the man rush onto the stage before tackling Chappelle to the ground.
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Chappelle reportedly did not suffer any injuries from the assault.
Los Angeles Police Department officials said the invader was armed with a replica gun that ejects a knife.
The man was later taken into custody, according to NBC News Los Angeles.
Hours after the comedian was attacked, the suspect was identified as 23-year-old, Isaiah Lee.
Lee is being charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon.
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What did Dave Chappelle say about the attack?
Similar to how Chris Rock kept his composure on stage at the 2022 Oscar Awards after being slapped by Will Smith, Chappelle collected himself after the attack and went on to joke about it.
“It was a trans man," Chappelle joked, in reference to his controversial Netflix special that sparked outrage amongst the LGBTQ+ community late last night.
Rock, who had performed earlier in the evening, also joked about the situation by returning to the stage and asking, “Was that Will Smith?”
Later on, Chappelle then thanked actor Jamie Foxx, who had helped apprehend the alleged attacker.
"Whenever you're in trouble, Jamie Foxx will show up in a sheriff's hat," Chappelle said.
Foxx then reportedly replied, "I thought that was part of the show."
He added: "Listen, I just want to say…this man is an absolute genius. We’ve got to make sure we protect him at all times.
"For every comedian who comes out here, this means everything. You’re a genius. You’re a legend, and we’re not going to let nothing happen to you.”
What happened to Chappelle's Minneapolis show?
Chappelle's Minneapolis stand-up show on July 20, 2022, was supposed to take place at the iconic, First Avenue theater.
However, his performance was canceled on Wednesday, just hours before the comedian was set to perform due to social media backlash received by the venue.
“To staff, artists and our community, we hear you and we are sorry. We know we must hold ourselves to the highest standards, and we know we let you down. We are not just a black box with people in it, and we understand that First Ave is not just a room, but meaningful beyond our walls,” First Avenue wrote in an Instagram statement regarding their decision.
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“The First Avenue team and you have worked hard to make our venues the safest spaces in the country, and we will continue with that mission. We believe in diverse voices and the freedom of artistic expression, but in honoring that, we lost sight of the impact this would have.”
The Minnesota show was, instead, hosted at the Varsity Theater in Dinkytown and will also hold two more shows by Chapelle on July 21 and 22.
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