Comedian Dave Chappelle walked out of his Connecticut show at Comcast Theatre Thursday night after about 30 minutes, apparently due to continued interruptions from hecklers in the audience. Reports from News 8 in Hartford on Friday, August 30, say “people are talking” and the talk is not friendly toward the trouble-ridden performer.
Certainly, there was booing and yelling. Then Chappelle “had a nervous break down on stage,” said one fan. "Never saw a 'professional comedian' that could(n't) handle a couple of hecklers and made the whole stadium suffer. That's completely uncalled for! $260 down the drain." Surely that total included taxis and a babysitter. Or possibly not. Just how much is a Dave Chappelle show worth?
Another observer said, “"Dave Chappelle lost his mind and fan base at his Hartford show tonight refusing to perform because the crowd wasn't quiet enough."
Actually, heckling is often part of the show with a no-words-barred act such as the one Dave Chappelle puts on. Banter back and forth can be funny, and the audience gets to be part of the performance. But too much gets out of hand. That should be for the performer to control.
Apparently Chappelle no longer can. The recent Dave Chappelle show fiasco lost him some fans he can’t afford to lose. Part of the time he simply sat and smoked a cigarette, which could be expected to result in more, not less, crowd noise. It’s time for a change.