The man who handled Chappelle carried a blade and was arrested on felony assault charges with a deadly weapon and taken to a hospital for medical treatment, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Watching what happened to Dave last night confirmed my fear,” Mandel said. “I was watching it live on Twitter and I turned to my wife and said, ‘I don’t want to. I don’t want to go to the theatre. I’m just really afraid. “
Other comedians who were present during the incident, including Chris Rock, rushed to Chappelle’s side after it happened.
Rock joked about whether the suspect was Will Smith, referring to Smith’s incident at the Academy Awards where he walked on stage and slapped Rock after the comedian mocked Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Mandel made the call, too.
“This is one such move that opens the door and motivates someone if they don’t like what you’re saying or are offended by what you’re saying… It’s kind of good because it’s been done, violent, and that’s what my fear was,” he said ‘Extra’ about Smith Rock hits.
Mandel said he plans to tour less as a result.
“My biggest fear 40 years ago was not to laugh, and then came de-culture and then it was like, ‘Oh, my God if someone doesn’t like to joke around with you or you cross your line, you could lose your career,'” and then after the Oscars.. I said…”Violence leads to violence,” Mandel explained.
As the investigation into Chappelle’s attack continues, Netflix in the meantime has also expressed concern about the safety of comedy shows.
“We deeply care about the safety of our creators and vigorously defend the right of stand-up comedians to perform on stage without fear of violence,” a Netflix spokesperson told CNN in a statement.