Chris Rock makes Will Smith joke moments after fan attacks Dave Chappelle during stand-up
The comedian was at the same event when Chappelle was attacked on stage
Chris Rock aimed a dig at Will Smith after fellow comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage in Los Angeles.
Chappelle was tackled to the ground by a man whilst he was performing at the Hollywood Bowl in LA as part of the Netflix Is A Joke comedy festival.
Security and friends, including Jamie Foxx, then rushed on stage to stop the attacker.
Rock had performed at the event earlier in the night and was also present when the attack happened.
And it sounds like he couldn't pass up the opportunity for a joke.
The comedian apparently grabbed the mic on stage in the moments after the attack and asked the crowd: "Was that Will Smith?"
— Culture Crave 🍿 (@CultureCrave) May 4, 2022
Dave Chapelle was rushed & attacked on stage by a man at the Hollywood Bowl. Chapelle tussled w/ the man, who ran behind the screen on stage & was surrounded by security. Chris Rock, who performed earlier, came on stage w/ him & joked: “Was that Will Smith?” #netflixisajokefest
— Stephanie Wash (@WashNews) May 4, 2022
Dave Chappelle got tackled to the ground on stage! Then a Chris Rock came out and said, “was it Will Smith!” The wildest shit, I have ever seen!
— Julissa Natzely Arce Raya (@julissaarce) May 4, 2022
Seeing Dave Chappelle get attacked by somebody from the audience then seeing the dude get jumped by Dave Chappelle and his crew gotta be the wildest live show i’ve ever seen. Chris Rock even came on stage, embraced Dave, grabbed the mic, and said “Will was that you?!” 🤣🤣🤣
— Your Friend’s Friend (@walkgoodetienne) May 4, 2022
Rock was of course attacked on stage himself at the Oscars in March, when Will Smith slapped him for a joke he made about Jada Pinkett Smith's hair.
Chappelle also joked about the attack just moments after it happened, saying the attacker "was a trans man."
The comedian's last comedy special prompted a backlash for jokes he made about the transgender community.
After the incident, Chappelle told the crowd: "I didn’t know if that was part of the show or… I grabbed the back of that n****s head, his hair was spongy, absorbent."
He added: "I’ve been doing this 35 years, I just stomped a n***a backstage. Always wanted to do that."
— E5QUIRE (@e5quire) May 4, 2022
The LAPD has now charged a 23-year-old man, named Isaiah Lee, with assault with a deadly weapon, according to Sky News.
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