Comedian Dave Chappelle returns to Hartford after angry 2013 performance
Comedian Dave Chappelle returned to Hartford, Connecticut on Saturday for a surprise stand-up set almost exactly a year after a scheduled show devolved into an angry confrontation between him and his audience, Slate reported on Monday.
“I was really immature about what happened,” Chappelle told the crowd after being greeted with a warm applause this time around. “Right after I left — sorry I did this — I made t-shirts that said ‘F*ck Hartford’ on them, I did do that. And I hate to tell you that they were very big sellers.”
The Hartford Courant reported that Chappelle appeared at the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival following a set by Louis C.K.
“[Louis C.K.] said ‘Hey everybody, don’t go anywhere, Dave Chappelle is coming out,'” one attendee, Jordan Bartucca, was quoted as saying. “I thought he was joking around.”
Chappelle performed what he called a “freebie” for just over 16 minutes, recapping the events of his Aug. 29, 2013 appearance. After chastising audience members for making too much noise, Chappelle refused to perform and left the stage after 25 minutes. He subsequently described the crowd that night as a group of “young, white alcoholics.”
“The worst part about it was, I had a show to do the very next night,” he recalled on Saturday, saying it was in Chicago. When the audience began to boo that city, he quipped, “I wouldn’t boo Chicago — especially after the sh*t you all pulled.”
Watch Chappelle’s set in its entirety, as posted online on Sunday, below.
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