Dave Chappelle calls out, blames Hartford for his performance freak-out
People wondered what was up when comedian Dave Chappelle engaged in a stand-off with audience members in Hartford, Connecticut before leaving the stage last Thursday (Aug. 29). The world got the answer to that question on Tuesday (Sept. 3) via Chappelle's performance in Chicago.
He blames the audience. He may have a point.
As reported by TMZ and as heard in the video embedded above, Chappelle started off his Chicago show with a rather simple and direct message for the capital city of Connecticut: "F*** Hartford. F*** 'em all ... I swear to God, f*** that whole city."
The crowd enjoyed this very much.
After promising the appreciative Chicago audience that he was fine and not on drugs, Chappelle proceeded to give some explanation as to why the hecklers were so bad. He described the Hartford crowd as "evil" and made up of nothing but "young, white alcoholics."
In the end, it sounds like the comedian actually restrained himself from saying everything he wanted to. "I wanted to pull a reverse Kramer and call them all crackers or something crazy like that," Chapelle joked at the Chicago show.
This would be a reference to Michael Richards' ill-advised and insane N-word routine in 2006.
Chappelle was not entirely done with Hartford even then. "I don't want anything bad to happen to the United States, but if North Korea ever drops a nuclear bomb on this country, I swear to God I hope it lands in Hartford, Connecticut," he joked.
The Chicago show ran its intended full length.
Here is footage from the now-infamous Hartford performance.