Dave Chappelle continues to appear at shows despite the major backlash and attacks he has been facing since his comments about transwomen.
The comedian opened for Kevin Hart and Chris Rock at their show in New York City. According to Deadline, the audience was surprised to see Chappelle walk out as his “C” logo was displayed on the screen.
“Had to sneak my way in here,” he told the crowd, which many people believe is a reference to his showdown in Minneapolis, where the First Avenue decided to cancel his show over the backlash by staff and fans who call the comedian transphobic.
Chappelle continued in NYC: “Despite what you may have read about in the news, I’m okay, and I appreciate the support.”
He reportedly then spoke for more than 20 minutes, during which he touched on a number of topics involving him, including the Hollywood Bowl incident where Isaiah Lee attacked him on stage.
Joking about that horrifying incident, Chappelle said he hopes Lee gets monkeypox, adding, “Not that he should die, but his ass should itch for four to six weeks.”
And posting about this successful outing, Hart called it: “by far the best moment of my career.”
Here’s Kevin Hart’s post about the event: