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Reports are popping up all over from fans who saw Dave Chappelle stop
his headlining set at Thursday's oddball Comedy & Curiosity
Festival in Hartford, Conn., because of hecklers.
He left the stage after telling only a few jokes.
that there was some booing and yelling, then Chappelle spent several
minutes sitting on the stage smoking a cigarette before finally just
He sat on a stool making comments about the situation and
responding to hecklers until the end of what apparently was his
contractually mandated time on stage, the Associated Press reports.
Chappelle apparently told the audience he needed to do only about 25
minutes to get paid.
According to audience members interviewed by the Hartford Courant,
Chappelle was fine for the first five or 10 minutes. He was telling
jokes, as usual. But every time anyone would scream out anything,
Chappelle would stop speaking and tell the crowd how "awful" it was.
reporter Julie Stagis was at the show and says, "There were a lot of
lulls." Chappelle said "something funny about how he'd hop a plane to
South Africa in the morning like he did when he quit Chappelle's Show.
Then he started lecturing the audience, insulting everybody rather than
just the hecklers. It was like when your teacher says 'I'll wait' and
sits there, waiting for the class to be quiet."
She said it was "horrible to watch," and after the booing started, it "was incredibly awkward and very uncomfortable ..."
Chappelle, who has had a rocky relationship
at times with his audiences, left Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show
in 2005 in the middle of producing its third season, walking away from a big contract.