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Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Dave Chappelle on Hartford: "That Crowd Was Evil"

Last Thursday, Dave Chappelle made headlines when he called his standup set short and left the stage after dealing with an unruly crowd in Hartford, Connecticut, and here's an audio-only clip of Chappelle explaining what happened to an audience in Chicago Saturday night during a recent stop on Funny or Die's Oddball Fest tour, which he's headlining. The tour has been going smoothly since the Hartford incident. Here's what he had to say on the matter in Chicago:

Listen, I know you guys read in the paper that I took a nasty spill the other night, but I swear to God it wasn't my fault and I promise you, contrary to popular belief, that I'm not on drugs. And the reason I know this crowd is good because as soon as I said I'm not on drugs, the whole back tier booed me. Finally, a "boo" for the right reasons … [This crowd is] So much better than Hartford. I will never go back. I won't even go back to Hartford for fuckin' gas. I don't want anything bad to happen to the United States, but if North Korea drops a bomb on this country, I swear to God I hope it lands on Hartford, Connecticut, onstage at that fuckin' arena.

That crowd was evil! … An arena full of suburban torturers. Young white alcoholics. Just booin' and talkin' all kinds of shit. I wanted to pull like a reverse Kramer, just call 'em all crackers or something like that. I know that shit would be on YouTube … Couldn't do that because I felt bad when Kramer did that shit to us … That shit in Hartford was bad! You know that crowd feels lucky that they got to see me freak out. It's just like being at the fuckin' tiger show the night Siegfried & Roy got their throats bit out by the tiger. It's fucked up, but I know that's why you go to the tiger show.

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  • Brian Bouton

    Thank you so much for providing written transcripts for those of us who can't or don't want to run the video!

  • brijazz012

    "You know that crowd feels lucky that they got to see me freak out. It's
    just like being at the fuckin' tiger show the night Siegfried & Roy
    got their throats bit out by the tiger. It's fucked up, but I know
    that's why you go to the tiger show"

    Well, Dave, maybe people felt that way because you freaking out was a possibility in their minds. No one goes to a Louis CK show half-expecting him to melt down… maybe if you'd just be "boring" and meet your obligations, your audiences will calm down (they'll get smaller too, but that's OK, because you're rich, beeyotch).

  • Pman

    The end of that transcript is basically this bit he does/did http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kth0UOU5a_M

  • Ferguson

    Former CT resident, can confirm residents are more evil than the rest of the country.

    • Richie Zbras

      you don't know me bitch!!!

  • http://www.FiveFeetOfFury.com/ Kathy Shaidle

    Never yell "I'm Rick James, bitch!" in a crowded theater:

    http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2013/09/05/dave-chappelle-and-heckling-as-the-new-racism/

  • Freddie_deBoer

    Hartford is one of the most desperately poor, broken places in this country. (It's also majority minority.) As a long time Hartford resident, I can tell you: And people are using this as an opportunity to degrade it further. Fuck that, and fuck Chapelle for making it happen.

  • Matt

    "…I promise you, contrary to popular belief, that I'm not on drugs."

    That's what they all say!