Watch: Dave Chappelle Walks Off Stage After Getting Heckled

The comedian, who shocked the entertainment world in 2005 when he quit his hit Chappelle Show midway through production of its third season, walked out of a performance Thursday night

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Dave Chappelle walked away, again.

The comedian, who shocked the entertainment world in 2005 when he quit his hit Chappelle Show midway through production of its third season, walked out of a performance Thursday night because of a reportedly loud and heckling crowd, according to NBC local news.

Chappelle was headlining the Funny or Die Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Tour in Hartford, Conn. in what was supposed to be a major comeback for the onetime comic mega star.

Instead, he spent 25 minutes sitting on a stool reading—and remarking to the crowd that he was still getting paid—before walking out.

TIME spoke with Chappelle on his trip to South Africa in 2005, after he left his show. “Let me tell you the things I can do here which I can’t at home: think, eat, sleep, laugh. I’m an introspective dude. I enjoy my own thoughts sometimes,” he said then.

Watch Chappelle leave the stage Thursday:

[NBC Connecticut]

4 comments
MarkKaspersky
MarkKaspersky

This article makes it seem like people booed for no reason! Your favorite comedian that you paid tons of money to see threatens to walk off stage instead of just pulling up his big boy pants and perform? winmasters

riccismiles
riccismiles

My mamma was raised in an era when...

Dave obviously feels he has reached a point where HECKLING is not allowed. Since he's never been a confrontational comic, I dont blame him. He can leave and go home and spend the rest of his life counting his earnings. I would have been disappointed  to see him leave, but I would have been more disappointed that idiots in the audience felt it necessary to heckle. Not like I go to concerts to sing over the performer and demand they play what I want to hear, and its not like I attend comedy concerts (not comedy shows at the local 30 seat comedy club) to listen to people heckle the performer.

skinnylily
skinnylily

I was there last night at this show and I was extremely disappointed in Dave's performance and how he handled the show. He got a standing ovation the minute he walked in and people were chanting his name to get on stage. I was near the front and during the beginning of his act I barely heard the few voices speaking out now and then. After 5 minutes he stopped performing his material and made a mountain out of a molehill. Even if he was right, that there were some hecklers (although I don't agree since most people were shouting out positive things, like " love you Dave!" or titles of his movies), why let down the rest of the crowd by stopping with your act!? After 10 minutes of saying nothing, sure the crowd yelled out more with "do your act" or 'ignore them!". No matter what was said or how quiet it got, he wasn't satisfied and let his own inhibitions get the best of him. 20 minutes into a wasted set, much of the crowd was clapping when he said he might perform again and booing him when he threatened to walk off stage. This article makes it seem like people booed for no reason! Your favorite comedian that you paid tons of money to see threatens to walk off stage instead of just pulling up his big boy pants and perform? I was such a huge fan of his, and now I'm extremely disappointed.

hannigan706
hannigan706

I really hope Dave Cappelle comes out of this.  He has a brilliant mind and I was really hoping to see more of him.