Here’s a Facebook status post from a Connecticut resident who was at the show Thursday night:
It seems that comedian Dave Chappelle was booed off stage at the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival in Hartford, Connecticut, and Twitter is blowing up with angry fans.
Apparently, Chappelle was just a few minutes into his act at Comcast Theatre before he slammed the breaks on his routine because people in the front were making too much noise, reports The Laugh Button. He asked the audience to quiet down, but they didn’t so for the next 25 minutes, the comedian sat on a stool, smoked, read a book and made idle chat until he fulfilled his scheduled time on stage.
Even the festival’s Twitter account told the audience to be quiet.
Hey Hartford! Pipe down and let Dave Chappelle do his thing!
— Oddball Fest (@OddballFest) August 30, 2013
The following is a clip from the show of Chappelle chastising the audience and reading a few paragraphs of a book to waste time.
Here’s what some audiences members had to say:
Whoa. RT: @lesellele: Dave Chappelle just walked off the stage and told the DJ to play New Slaves. The crowd continued to boo and heckle"
— Tayari Jones (@tayari) August 30, 2013
I paid $50 to watch dave chappelle sit on a stool and smoke cigarettes
— _ (@LuchnessMonster) August 30, 2013
— Shana Bartlett (@ohmytvc15) August 30, 2013
Watched Dave Chappelle melt down in Hartford — sad — amazing comic with a lot of talent. A few jerks in audience, but nothing extreme.
— Matt Lesser (@mattlesser) August 30, 2013
Chappelle is featured on the Funny or Die Oddball comedy tour, which kicked off last week in Austin, Texas. The tour was said to be his biggest comedy comeback tour in eight years. The tour also features Flight of the Conchords, Kristen Schaal, Aussie-born raconteur Jim Jefferies, roastmaster Jeff Ross, Bay Area transplant and Daily Show correspondent Al Madrigal, Demetri Martin, Chris D’Elia, Hannibal Burress, Brody Stevens and John Mulaney. Chappelle was scheduled to perform in Hartford tonight followed by a show in Pittsburg.
— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) August 28, 2013