Chris Rock has dished out a cheeky reaction to his friend and fellow comedian, Dave Chappelle, being randomly attacked by an audience member on stage.
In case you missed it, Dave Chapelle was performing his set that was a part of the Netflix Is A Joke special at the Hollywood Bowl, when a man in the audience seemed to lunge at the star, sending him to the ground.
As videos began to spread at lightning speed across social media, there were reports that “at least ten men” – said to be the comedian’s security – laid into the assailant backstage.
Videos then showed the man being loaded into an ambulance with what looked to be a very dislocated arm.
LAPD was called to the incident around 10:45 p.m. and a man who was reportedly armed with a gun and a knife was taken into custody.
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
Amid the brawl, Chris Rock and actor Jamie Foxx reportedly came to the aid of Chappelle, with Rock, who performed earlier for the same festival, came on stage with him and joked: “Was that Will Smith?”
Of course, Rock was referencing the infamous moment that will go down in Oscars history in which he was slapped by Will Smith for making a joke about his wife during his hosting gig at the prestigious event.
Following the incident, Dave made his way back to the stage where he poked fun at the incident to the delight of the cheering crowd.
“I don’t know if that was part of the show,” Dave said.
“I grabbed the back of that n****s head, his hair was spongy, absorbent.”
“Listen, I just want to say I’ve had an incredible time,” he added.
Foxx also appeared to address the crowd, telling them that Chappelle is an “absolute genius”, adding: “We’ve got to make sure we protect him at all times… For every comedian who comes out here, this means everything. You’re a genius. You’re a legend, and we’re not going to let nothing happen to you.”
The Hollywood Bowl show with the legendary Dave Chappelle was crazy. Just happy everyone’s ok. pic.twitter.com/Jji0mv2ub6
— Jimmy Carr (@jimmycarr) May 4, 2022
Following the show, fellow comedian Jimmy Carr also shared his support, saying he was “just happy everyone’s ok.”