Well, this is interesting. After walking away from his insanely popular Comedy Central TV show, Dave Chappelle’s behavior could be politely characterized as ‘erratic.’ A good of example of which would be his performance this weekend at a Summer Groove charity show in Miami, Florida—after telling exactly one joke, Chappelle noticed that audience members in the front row were filming him with their phones. And then he kind of freaked out… quietly.
The AV Club states that “he then proceeded to spend the next 45 minutes just sort of standing around awkwardly—“sighing audibly” and occasionally checking his text messages,” which is maybe the most polite form of comedic protest that I’ve heard of in some time.
CNN correspondent Roland S. Martin was there, and the AV Club conveniently gathered his tweets covering the event:
This Dave Chappelle set is bizarre. He’s spent more time going back & forth with one audience member, & pretty much stopped telling jokes
One woman just yelled, “Can you tell a joke so we can enjoy ourselves!” He got texted four times during his show and actually checked them
I’m just not understanding what threw him off. He’s complained about folks videotaping his set, yelling out loud. I don’t get it
“This crowd is serious as hell,” he says. Dave, we’re trying to figure out what we’ve listened to for the last 25 minutes.
Chappelle says this is a “test of wills.” He keeps saying “tick tock” & he has “nothing but time.” He’s just staring at the crowd & sighing
“As shitty as the show is, I can’t wait to explain this on CNN.” Dave Chappelle complaining about a guy taping his whole show
Then Dave started talking to me, asking if I was putting this on CNN. Yes, from the stage! He’s been on stage 46 minutes & told one joke.
He kept saying “I respect your work.” And then he said, He’ll send me a tape of his better comedy work. This is a trip!
Still, it’s better than screaming out racial slurs like Michael Richards did… so you’ve gotta give Chappelle this—his celebrity meltdowns are at least polite.
What do you think of Chappelle’s behavior?