COMEDIAN Dave Chappelle has been attacked on stage during his stand-up routine at the Netflix is Joke Festival, according to witnesses.

The incident happened near the end of his show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.


Comedian Dave Chappelle has been attacked at the Netflix is a Joke FestivalCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk
He caused sparked outrage for his remarks made in the Netflix special The Closer


He caused sparked outrage for his remarks made in the Netflix special The CloserCredit: AFP

Footage shared on social media captures the moment a person in the crowd rushed onto the stage.

The man tried to tackle Chappelle, 48, who moved to the side.

Security then surrounded the man who ran onto the stage.

Chappelle then continued his performance, saying that he had an “incredible time” at the event.

The controversial comic sparked outrage for his remarks in his Netflix special The Closer which was released in October 2021.

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He made derogatory comments about trans women’s genitals and defended Harry Potter author JK Rowling – who has made numerous controversial remarks about trans people – and said she shouldn’t be “canceled,” along with rapper DaBaby.

The person who appeared to ambush Chappelle was put on a stretcher and whisked away to hospital.

The extent of his injuries remains unknown.

Witnesses took to Twitter to speculate following the incident.

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One said: “I’m at this Dave Chappelle concert and tell me why some guy ran up and tackled him.”

Another commented: “Just saw someone tackle Dave Chappelle on stage at the Hollywood Bowl then guy got jumped.”

NFL star Marcellus Willey tweeted: “Leaving Dave Chappelle show and some foo ran on stage and just tackled him hard as funk on some Will Smith BS!”

Chappelle was performing at the Netflix is A Joke festival – an event that’s being held in LA until May 8.

He achieved fame in the 1990s for his film and television appearances, as well as for his stand-up comedy routines.

From 2003 to 2006, he starred in his own titular sketch comedy program on Comedy Central.

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According to Celebrity Net Worth, the star amassed a wealth of $50 million.

In addition to his Netflix specials, the comic also had roles in You’ve Got Mail, Undercover Brother, A Star is Born, and Chi-Raq.

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