Comedians have begun to weigh in on Tuesday night’s incident at the Hollywood Bowl, where a man carrying a replica handgun with a knife rushed onto the stage and attacked headliner Dave Chappelle as the show was over.
Isaiah Lee, 23, has been arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly tackled Chappelle while filming the entertainer at the Netflix comedy festival Is a Joke. Chappelle was uninjured and quickly resumed his performance after the assault. Lee’s motivation was not immediately clear.
“Getting Dangerous Here,” comedian George Wallace tweeted with a photograph of his face edited over an image of the Pope riding in his Popemobile. “You ain’t got time for the dope rope, Wallace gonna roll like the Pope. I’m rolling The Jokemobile on stage from now on and on and on.
Footage from TMZ showed Chappelle’s attacker being transported to an ambulance on a stretcher after the entertainer’s security team chased him down. According to an eyewitness who spoke to the outlet, the man was beaten up by Chappelle’s team, as well as rapper Busta Rhymes and actor Jamie Foxx, who came to the comedian’s aid.
Representatives for Chappelle, Rhymes and Foxx did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.
“A guy tackled Dave Chappelle on stage and that guy got stomped on immediately,” comedian Tony Baker said. tweeted. “They took his arm off and put it back upside down. That’s what he gets. This attack of people on stage is not going to fly.
In a Twitter feedABC News reporter Stephanie Wash reported that comedian Chris Rock – who had performed earlier in the evening – returned to the stage after the violent encounter and joked, “Was it Will Smith?
Of course, Rock was referring to the 94th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater, where Smith hit it on stage in front of hundreds of his entertainment peers and millions of viewers. Representatives for Rock did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
“We can all thank Will Smith for setting the example that led to Dave Chappelle being mugged onstage last night,” said comedian Tim Young. opined.
“I beg the comedians not to do another round of ‘what if someone attacked me at a show in the basement of a Brooklyn pizzeria like they did with my peers, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle “” tweeted comedian Gianmarco Soresi.
Los Angeles Times