Dave Chappelle’s alleged attack on stage at Netflix’s “Is A Joke” festival prompted Chris Rock to joke about his own experience with Will Smith at the Oscars.
Videos shared on social media show comedian Chappelle performing at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Tuesday night when a man rushed at him from the side, apparently trying to attack the star.
In other videos, security guards can be seen dragging the alleged attacker away before subsequently loading him into an ambulance.
According to a tweet shared by KABC producer Stephanie Wash in the moments following the incident, Los Angeles Police Department confirmed “that they responded to an incident at the Hollywood Bowl at around 10:45 p.m. and a man who reportedly… was armed with a gun and a knife was taken into custody.”
And while the incident may have proved heartbreaking to those in attendance, Chappelle’s colleague Rock caused a laugh when he compared the incident to his own experience with Smith at the Academy Awards in March.
According to another tweet from KABC’s Wash, Rock, who performed earlier in the night, came onto the stage after Chappelle “brawled” with his alleged attacker [with] him & joked, ‘Was that Will Smith?'”
In a moment that overshadowed the Oscars in March, Smith slapped Rock in the face onstage at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater after the comedian cracked a joke at the expense of his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. Smith followed by shouting that Rock “should keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth.”
Rock was slammed at the star-studded event after making a joke about Pinkett Smith’s cropped haircut. Pinkett Smith has spoken in the past about shaving her head after suffering from hair loss due to alopecia.
Smith returned to the stage a few minutes later to collect an Oscar for his role King Richard. During his acceptance speech, he apologized to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and his fellow applicants. The following day, he apologized to Rock via an Instagram post.
Similar to Rock at the Oscars, the footage appears to show that Chappelle tried to keep the laughter going after the incident, telling the audience, “I don’t know if that was part of the show or … I got over it.” His head was spongy, his hair was absorbent.'”
Chappelle then added, “Listen, I just want to say that I had an incredible time.”
In his speech, he also thanked fellow filmmaker Jamie Foxx, who went on stage to see if Chappelle was okay after the incident.
latestpagenews.com has reached out to representatives from Chappelle and the Los Angeles Police Department for comment.