David Letterman makes fun of Dave Chappelle Hollywood Bowl Attack – The Hollywood Reporter

Taking the stage for a Netflix Is a Joke Festival event on Friday, David Letterman appeared to be responding to the recent attack on Dave Chappelle at the Hollywood Bowl.

Letterman hosted a live comedy show from the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, which also featured fellow comics Rosebud Baker, Phil Wang and Sam Morril. Early in the evening, the longtime mainstay of CBS thanked the audience for their presence, then made an obvious reference to Chappelle being attacked Tuesday night at another Netflix Is a Joke event.

On Saturday, Netflix shared footage from Letterman’s show via social media, and the streaming service called the video, “David Letterman on the Dave Chappelle Incident,” although the clip did not mention that he mentioned Chappelle by name.

The video showed the 75-year-old star adjusting his glasses, suddenly appeared startled and ran to the side of the stage. After regaining his composure, Letterman joked, “I’m sorry — I thought I saw a man coming here.” He then pretended to listen to someone in the audience and said, “It’s just a waiter? I’m very sorry. It was just a little alarming – you know what I mean?”

Letterman went on to say, “In deference to the people who come here, let me say this: When the show is over, I’ll be in the lobby, and if anyone wants to come hit me, by God, come out.” He then pretended to be looking for a show of hands as he asked, “How many of you would like to hit me now?”

Chappelle was performing on Tuesday when a man stormed onto the stage, knocked him to the ground and aimed a replica firearm at the comedian, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The suspect, later identified as Isaiah Lee, 23, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. After the LA County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that it was refusing to file a felony charge, the LA City Attorney’s Office filed four charges against Lee.

During a secret set at the Comedy Store late Thursday, Chappelle spoke about the incident, a day after his rep said the star wouldn’t let the attack “overshadow the magic of his Hollywood Bowl shows.”

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