Comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage by an audience member armed with a replica gun Tuesday night during his live show at the Hollywood Bowl.
The comic, 48, was performing as part of the “Netflix Is A Joke” festival, when the mayhem unfolded around 10:45 pm, toward the end of the stand-up show, according to witnesses.
Shocking video footage shows Chappelle standing on stage as an audience member charges and slams him to the ground. Seconds later, the attacker was tackled to the ground by security.
LAPD responded to the chaos and confirmed the attacker was arrested and taken to a local hospital for minor injuries. Police told NBC4, the weapon the attacker was carrying can eject a knife blade “when you discharge it correctly.”
Moments after the unprovoked tackle, comedy guest Chris Rock came on stage and gave Chappelle a hug, before saying, “Was that Will Smith?”
Rock referred to the infamous Will Smith slap after making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss.
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Following the incident, Chappelle appeared to carry on with the show.
In a video shared on social media moments, Chappelle joked about the attacker, “It was a trans man.”
He later told the audience: “I don’t know if that was part of the show. I grabbed the back of that n–s head, his hair was spongy, absorbent.”