*Just a month after Dave Chappelle showed up on a New York stage to give a crowd-rousing impromptu performance, the former “Chappelle’s Show” star got booked for an hour-long set at a Miami charity event – but gave the audience puzzled looks instead of laughs.
“This Dave Chappelle set is bizarre,” CNN reporter Roland S. Martin tweeted Friday night while at former NBA star Alonzo Mourning’s Zo’s Summer Groove fundraiser. “He’s spent more time going back & forth with one audience member, & pretty much stopped telling jokes.”
And apparently Chappelle had some important phone texts that couldn’t wait.
“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,” Martin continued. “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.”
While Chappelle’s reps have yet to comment on the stand-up snafu, Martin went on to say someone in Chappelle’s camp told him the comedian hates hecklers, and when he started getting heckled on stage that threw him off and he wasn’t able to regain his footing. Eventually, the whole affair turned into a “test of wills,” according to Martin, who said Dave kept “staring at the crowd and sighing.”