Thursday, December 08, 2022

Kevin Hart praises Dave Chappelle for ‘professional’ response to stage attack

Kevin Hart praises Dave Chappelle for 'professional' response to stage attack

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart has praised fellow comedian Dave Chappelle for his “professional” response to the stage attack earlier this week.

Happel, 48, was performing as part of the Netflix Is A Joke festivities at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Tuesday night when a man reached the stage and attacked her.

Speaking on the US chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live, Hart commended Chappell for dealing with the attack and continuing his performance.

Hart, 42, told Mike Birbiglia – who stands in for Jimmy Kimmel while he has Covid: “Dave went back after that and finished doing the show. Don’t let that become a big deal.

“Quickly moved on from it and got back to doing comedy, and that’s what a professional does.

“Ultimately, these moments of professionalism shouldn’t break the pros.”

According to reports, actor Jamie Foxx joined Chappelle on stage and helped nab the alleged assailant before continuing with the performance.

The assailant, identified as 23-year-old Isaiah Lee, was later charged with four misdemeanors: battery, possession of a weapon with intent to assault, unauthorized access to a stage area during a performance, and commission of an act. delays the event or interferes with a performer.

Hart called for more respect for comedians and live acts, saying: “It’s time to go back to the place of honor for your live entertainer.”

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The Jumanji actor said: “Someone kicking his ass sends a message to other people, like, ‘You know, I was thinking about doing this, but given that, I really like that. I don’t want to’.

“I think in the world we’re in now, there are a lot of lines that have blurred, and sometimes you have to take a few steps back to make a few steps forward.”

Chappelle previously faced backlash over comments about transgender people in his Netflix comedy special The Closer.

The comedian said “gender is a fact” and shared his support for JK Rowling, who has also drawn criticism for her remarks about the concept of biological sex.

Hart recalled an incident when he was struck by a “buffalo feather” at one of his live shows, describing it as the “worst” experience he had ever had with Heckling.


Comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage during a performance in Los Angeles earlier this week (David Richard/ Associated Press)

He added: “But here’s what people seem to forget: in stand-up comedy it’s always been the world of hecklers and comedians.

“Comedians have always dealt with Heckler, Heckler has always screamed things because he thought he could.

“A comedian’s way of shutting it down was to say things back. It wasn’t bullying. It wasn’t growing. It was all done for fun.

“Now we’ve lost sight of the audience’s relationship with the comedian, and that line has blurred.

“So when I say we need to go back to a place of respecting the entertainer, respect the craft. If you are visiting, come and have a good time and enjoy the person you saw; If you’re not interested in it, you don’t need to buy a ticket.”

Chappell issued a statement through his spokesperson saying that his four-night run at the Hollywood Bowl would pair him with Monty Python for the most prominent show of any comedian at the famed venue and added that he “seemed the event”. Refused to allow magic to dominate”. Historical moment.

The Chappelle attack came after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars over a joke he made about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

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