A few AP users attended tonight's date of the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Fest, at the end of which headliner Dave Chappelle had an unusual set. After about five minutes of trying to do his act per usual, repeated shouts of either praise or Chappelle's Show quotes from the crowd prompted him to say that 'you are wasting your money, I'm still getting paid.' As the shouting continued, he stopped his act, sat on the stage, and began smoking, refusing to continue until it quieted down. The audience began to turn on him, and Chappelle began saying how bad the crowd was. After about twenty-five minutes of back-and-forth with the crowd, he began reading from a book aloud on the edge of the stage, and fans started to leave. His time ran out shortly thereafter, and he got up and left. Not much else is known about the situation, but festival host/MC Brody Stevens claims that 'Dave is fine now.'
You know, I don't really care if people disagree, but the fact that he does this stuff is ridiculous. Hecklers come with the territory. It makes him seem like he has this absurd ego - people love the guy, that's why they act that way. Do your set - feed off of the hecklers, make fun of them, win the audience back. Don't act like a child.
Any word if were they actually heckling him, or just stoked and trying to get him to do Chappelle's Show bits? I know he's not too jazzed on either scenario, and the CS references pretty much kill his ambition, but yeah, I find it to be such a bummer that he does this sort of thing.