Comedian Dave Chappelle had a less-than-spectacular night in Detroit last week, audience members are complaining.
Chappelle did two shows in one night last week in Detroit as part of his ongoing comeback tour, and according to reports the first show went great. Via Michigan Live:
Chappelle, during the first Thursday show in the sold-out doubleheader, was described as “cool and calm” with “sharp” material by Adam Graham of the Detroit News.
WDIV-TV, Channel 4 News said Chappelle slayed, and social media accounts from his Friday performance were generally positive; however, the second Thursday set is a different story.
But at some point, things went downhill. Via TMZ:
According to multiple people in the crowd during Thursday night’s 9:30 show at the Fillmore ... a seemingly wasted Chappelle took the stage an hour late (mostly due to the crowd still being seated), and told very few jokes. Instead, he sat quietly smoking, rambling, and slurring his speech.
In this video you can hear someone in the crowd yell, “Let’s hear some of the act!” Dave responds, “Well sir, it’s a little late for that. Right now I’ve gotta get off the stage because it’s 2:00 in the morning.”
The crowd quickly reminds him it was only 1 AM.
Chappelle’s faced some pretty hostile audiences before—a fan was even arrested during a July show for throwing a banana peel at him—and he’s certainly managed to come back from worse performances.
But his rep isn’t exactly fighting the allegations, telling TMZ, “Thursday was definitely not his best set. On the flip side, the incident inspired some additional sharp-witted material.”