Dave Chappelle Got Heckled So Hard That He Stopped His Entire Set

Dave Chappelle performing in Florida July 2011It must be hard to be a comedian. You struggle and struggle for many years with lackluster crowds, unruly audiences, and zero money, and then maybe, mayyyybe, .0001% of the time, you make it big, like to Dave Chappelle status. You’re well-regarded in the industry and you’re making money doing what you love, but it always comes down to that last set. At any point, you can have an off-night, or get heckled, or fly off the handle, and you’re right exactly back where you started — in front of a silent group of people who don’t think you’re funny, and they want you to know it. Only this time, there are a crapload of them, and they paid a crapload of money to get in.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, this exact thing happened to Dave Chappelle the other day. He was performing a show in Hartford, Connecticut on August 28th, and for whatever reason, the crowd was just totally not down with him. Recently, he’s apparently changed up his style a little bit, transitioning to a more mellow, conversational style instead of a prepared set with planned out jokes. He’s even been on a bit of a hiatus, so when he agreed to do the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival tour, people were like, aw yeah son, don’t call it a comeback. But after ten minutes of his set, the crowd was so heckle-y and yell-y (both real English words) that he completely stopped performing and just started waiting out his twenty-five minute contractual performance time by smoking cigarettes, telling stories about Damon Wayans’ performing in front of a bad crowd and Richard Pryor’s last performances, and even reading an audience member’s book. At the end of about fifteen minutes, he delivered the following speech:

“Alright you guys, I like some of you, I hate some of you, I forgive some of you, but I don’t forgive all of you. You guys have totally ruined my chances [of] running for Congress or something. Thank you, goodnight.”

…and then exited to ‘New Slaves’ by Kanye West. You can see the whole shenanigan go down here, in three parts:

You’re only hurting yourselves, audience members.

And finally, the walk-off:

Yowchies. Stay tuned, I guess. I don’t know how this is gonna turn out.

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    • Katie

      Holy smokes. We went to the Oddball Comedy Fest in Dallas but left before his set. He took about 15 minutes to come out on stage and people started getting restless. My friend who stayed said he wasn’t very good. Its too bad this happened though.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        You missed all the drama!

    • Olivia Wilson

      Whoa, I’m pretty sure all of my teachers have done this before. Was Dave a middle school teacher in his past life?

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Haaahaha. “I’ll wait. I can wait. Whenever you’re ready. Okay I’m done.”

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      This sucks so bad. I really think he is a genius

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I know…maybe he’s just burned out? It must seriously be a tough lifestyle.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        How can he be burned out? He vanished forever haha

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I know, you’re right…he needs to pull it together!

      • shannyn

        yeah but he was in africa sooooooo

    • FauxRealFaux

      The audience was rowdy, disrespectful, and trailer parkish- I dont blame him for playing zookeeper to a bunch of drunken animals.