It didn’t take Dave Chappelle lengthy to start cracking jokes about getting tackled on stage by an audience member throughout his set at L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl earlier this week. Final evening at The Comedy Retailer, Chappelle was joined on stage by Chris Rock, whose Academy Awards dust-up with Will Smith was a precursor to the Chappelle assault.
Chappelle stated, “Not less than you bought smacked by somebody of reputation!” whereas Rock rebutted, “I acquired smacked by the softest n-ig**ga that ever rapped.” (Rock was additionally on the Bowl present: After Chappelle’s attacker was subdued, Rock took the stage and jokingly requested the viewers “Was that Will Smith?”). Additionally in attendance: Diddy, Chris Rock, and Kim Kardashian.
Chappelle stated that he didn't see the person who rushed the stage, who has since been recognized by authorities as 23-year-old Isiaah Lee. He additionally revealed that he ended up chatting with Lee within the aftermath of the tried assault, and Lee instructed him that he was attempting to attract consideration to the struggles of his grandmother, who's dealing with displacement because of gentrification in Brooklyn. Chappelle additionally credited Jamie Foxx for serving to to calm him down following the incident.
Lee has been taken into custody and will face prices of assault with a lethal weapon for having a gun-shaped blade on his person.
In 2020, Lee, who raps as NoName_Trapper, launched a tune titled “Dave Chappell.” The document contains the lyric “Walkin’ straight into the Bowl,” which many are deciphering as a reference to the Hollywood Bowl. Chappelle was initially going to carry out there in Might 2020, nevertheless it was canceled because of COVID-19. (Lee shared the tune in June.) In a May 4 interview with Rolling Stone, Lee’s brother stated the title was chosen solely for search engine optimisation causes, not as a result of he had points with the comic on the time.
In the direction of the tip of his Might 5 set, Chappelle expressed frustration over what he sees because the inherent risks of Los Angeles. “I'm within the [place] the place you sat within the automobile with Biggie Smalls as he died,” he stated to Diddy. “I hate this metropolis.”