Footage of Dave Chappelle being attacked on stage and the Will Smith joke made by Chris Rock in response have been shared online.
Chappelle was performing at the Netflix is a Joke Festival in Los Angeles when a man ran onto the stage and “pounced” on him. Footage shared by those present shows security forces arresting and taking the man away.
The real surprise came when Rock, who also ran the event, came on stage and asked Chappelle, “Was that Will Smith?”
This was a reference to the controversial incident in which Smith slapped Rock while presenting an award at the Oscars after Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.
A number of those attending the event confirmed on social media that Rock made the joke, with TikTok user @rebhorn stitching together footage of the stage attack and Rock’s joke in one video.
Author Julissa Natzely Arce Raya called the moment “the wildest s*** I’ve ever seen.”
Twitter user @walkgoodetienne added: “To see Dave Chappelle being attacked by someone in the audience and then to see the guy being jumped on by Dave Chappelle and his crew has to be the wildest live show ever.” i have ever seen Chris Rock even came on stage, hugged Dave, grabbed the mic and said, ‘Will, was that you?!'”
Jimmy Finn commented: “Yes Dave Chappelle was attacked by a man on stage tonight, yes Chris Rock grabbed the mic and joked that it was Will Smith, yes I was there to witness it all… that’s just it a typical Tuesday night here in LA.”
Twitter user @dwannb added, “I got my money’s worth at the Hollywood Bowl tonight.”
Many couldn’t quite believe the incident had happened, and @EzraCeleste commented on the footage, “I thought that was a joke, it actually happened.”
This was the third time Rock publicly commented on the Smith incident.
Days after it happened, he told the crowd at a stand-up set that he was “still processing” what happened to him during the live broadcast. Smith apologized for his actions and has since been banned from attending the Oscars for 10 years.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/dave-chappelle-chris-rock-will-smith-b2071419.html Dave Chappelle Stage Attack and Chris Rock’s Will Smith joke response footage shared on TikTok