The comedian performed at the Comedy Store in the club’s 70-seat belly room. Although Chappelle’s appearance was a last-minute addition, rumors started circulating the Thursday night before the show, and excited fans paid $160 for a ticket to see “The Secret Show” with an unnamed comedian star.
Among the intimate crowd were a host of celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, Sean “Diddy Combs”, rapper Yassin Bey and comedian Jeff Ross, who was part of Chappelle’s lineup at Tuesday night’s Hollywood Bowl. Michelle Wolf, who was also on the Tuesday night show, opened for Chappelle. Ten minutes after Chappelle’s show, Chris Rockwho was on Tuesday night’s show and of course slapped Will Smith on stage at the 2022 Academy Awards, joined him on stage.
Clad in a loose-fitting tank top and smoking his favorite cigarette, American Spirits, Chappelle stepped onto the stage to greet the heroes from the small crowd.
Chappelle immediately went to the topic Tuesday night attack at the Hollywood Bowlsaying he could see not the man’s face but a fist of his hair.
Chappelle described how his son hugged him immediately after the accident, telling him, “Dad, I love you.” Chappelle said it was a strange sight of Jamie Foxx wearing, for some reason, a “mayor’s hat” that calmed him down.
Hours after the attack, Chappelle’s representative said that despite the “unfortunate” and “disturbing” nature of what happened, he would not allow it “Shadow the charm” of the Hollywood Bowl sets.
“It turns out that a lot of people like me,” Chappelle shouted to several people who reached out after the accident, he said of a group that included Louis CK.
At that point, Rock joined Chappelle on stage, drawing great cheers from the audience.
Rock took a chair from Chappelle and stayed there for the rest of the performance. They were two of the biggest comedians to joke about the attacks that have grabbed the headlines recently — all unfolding in the Comedy Store’s 70-seat annex. As such, the moment felt like history.
“At least I was slapped by a reputable person!” Chappelle joked to rock. “A homeless man slapped me with papers in his hair.”
Rock laughed and replied, “I was shocked by the softest n – who’s ever been dumped.”
Later, Chappelle described persuading the Los Angeles police to let him enter the room where his alleged attacker was, Isaiah Lee, 23 years old, was detained. “I needed to talk to him,” Chappelle said. He asked Lee what might have been the cause of his attack, which Lee—who Chappelle said appeared to be mentally ill—told a story about his grandmother from Brooklyn, who had been forced to leave her neighborhood due to gentrification. Chappelle recounted that the attack was intended to draw attention to her plight.
In the end, the topics moved beyond the double attacks to other things in the news – the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial and the looming threat of Roe v. Wade.
But the digression was brief. The Chappelle attack was the main topic of discussion that evening – and the city in which it happened.
“I am in [place] Toward the end of his set, Chappelle said, looking at Combs, as she sat in the car with Biggie Smalls as he passed away. “I hate this city.” With that, he grabbed his pack of cigarettes and left the stage.