Dave Chappelle fans demand refunds after rambling, seemingly ‘drunk’ Detroit show

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DETROIT — Comedian Dave Chappelle reportedly had a rough show in Detroit recently, and many fans took to social media to blast the performer — and demand refunds.

Chappelle, who gained notoriety in the early 2000s for his Comedy Central sketch series “Chappelle’s Show,” was doing a double-header Thursday at The Fillmore in Detroit.

According to a columnist for The Detroit News, Chappelle’s first set went fine, with the comedian appearing “calm, cool” and “howlingly funny.” But according to reports, it was during his second set of the double-header when things got weird.

Many fans accused the performer of seeming too drunk and rambling through his set without telling many jokes.

“Dave Chappelle = biggest disappointment,” user Misanthropic Me wrote on Twitter. “Showed up drunk and literally told two jokes over two hours.”

According to TMZ many fans took to Facebook to slam Chappelle’s performance, calling it “A waste of time and money,” “more like a press conference” and “HORRIBLE.”

According to reports many of those fans asked for refunds.

A representative for Chappelle later told TMZ “Out of the 50 shows on the tour, Thursday was definitely not his best set. On the flip side, the incident inspired some additional sharp-witted material and (Friday) he came back with a vengeance.”

The tabloid website shared a video that appears to show part of the comedian’s performance. In the clip an audience member is heard yelling, “Let’s hear some of the act!” to which Chappelle replies, “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 reminded him it was actually only 1 a.m.

According to the New York Daily News at least one apparent attendee blamed the poor performance on the crowd, writing on Twitter, “I just watched Dave Chappelle be verbally harassed for an hour and a half by a disgustingly drunk Detroit crowd. He couldn’t get a word in.”

The 41-year-old Chappelle disappeared from the public eye back in the mid-2000s, right at the peak of his fame from “Chappelle’s Show.” He only recently returned to the stage in the last few years. The comedian has faced hostile crowds before: At a recent show in Santa Fe, N.M., a man was arrested after he threw a banana peel at Chappelle.


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    • Cj

      Valchrist!! The only damage is in your brain. Ppl like you are the reason why this great comedian left the business for all those years

      • Telicia

        So true. I went to his show in Detroit on 04/24 @7pm and he was hilarious…pretty much ever other joke. I blame the drunk hecklers. The venue should’ve done a better job at keeping the peace.

  • Renae

    That’s actually what happened to our show in Birmingham. (2nd show) People heckled him the whole show and he just entertained them. I was pissed out it but there were some good jokes in between

    • Telicia

      Yep! Even though he didn’t have this heckling issue at the show I attended, people were walking around and having conversations while he was performing–they clearly didn’t appreciate him! The man had a TV show for God’s sake– He did something right. And yes his show was funny. Very.

  • mckenna

    An experienced comic should be able to handle some audience members calling out. This is just an excuse for not having it together that night.

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