Last week, the always-stoppable force that is Dave Chappelle met the irresistible urge to yell out shit from his TV show, and the inevitable happened, with Chappelle instantly becoming best friends with everyone who shouted one of his favorite quotes, then calling them all on stage so they could hang. Or rather, in a more realistic turn of events, Chappelle turned on the crowd as the crowd turned on him, booing as Chappelle ran out the clock by smoking, reading a book, and making idle chitchat, all in a hilarious parody of the emptiness of human existence. By the time he got to the Oddball Fest stop in Chicago, he’d had another philosophical epiphany: “That crowd was evil!” Chappelle proclaimed—clearly no longer trying to couch his reaction in tentative forgiveness, after so many sensationalized reports screaming, “Fuck your couch!”
And so, as The A.V. Club reported earlier this week, Chappelle opened his set with “Fuck Hartford” and didn’t relent from there in lambasting that show’s audience of “young, white alcoholics” (i.e. a show audience). And now you can hear it for yourself, thanks to the audio clip below. In it, Chappelle declares he “won’t even go back to Hartford for fucking gas." (His loss; Connecticut gas is delicious this time of year.) He also adds, “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, onstage at that fucking arena.” (Fortunately, North Korea’s long-range nuclear capabilities are dubious and the Steve Winwood show already happened, so we’re all good.)
Chappelle also jokes about wanting to “pull like a reverse Kramer, just call 'em all crackers or something crazy like that. I know that shit would be on YouTube: [adopting news anchor voice] ‘Funnyman Dave Chappelle calls a roomful of white people “crackers.”’ Couldn't do that. I felt bad when Kramer did that shit to us.” Finally, he acknowledges the real effect the Hartford concert, and the previous incidents like it, will have on his stand-up career: “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. You don’t go to see somebody be safe. You guys are thinking in the back of your mind, ‘This motherfucker might get bit. I’d like to see that for $35.’” So, that should go a long way toward making all of his future shows run a lot smoother... [via Splitsider]
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