Videos of the incident appear to show the man jumping onto the stage at the Hollywood Bowl, where Chappelle was performing his standup routine for his Netflix Is A Joke tour, when he attempted to tackle the comedian.
He was swiftly taken away by security and other individuals, who appeared to repeatedly hit the man just off-stage, videos appear to show.
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Immediately following the attack, Chappelle remained on stage and thanked security, before joking about the incident and describing the individual who attacked him as a “trans man.”
Chappelle makes several jokes about the trans community in his standup routine and even boasted during Tuesday night’s performance that he has been recently forced to increase his security amid new threats.
Another video appeared to show the attacker being carted away by paramedics, with a crowd of people booing and cussing at him. Several police and emergency response vehicles could be seen at the venue in various videos.
At least one individual who was armed with a gun and knife was taken into custody, following the attack, police said.
LAPD confirm to KABC they responded to an incident at the Hollywood Bowl around 10:45 p.m., and a man who was reportedly armed with a gun and a knife was taken into custody. #netflixisajokefest #DaveChappelle
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The attack reportedly happened as Chappelle was ending his show. Chapelle thanked actor Jamie Foxx and rapper Busta Rhymes for coming to his rescue, joking “whenever you’re in trouble Jamie Foxx will show up in a sheriff’s hat.” Fellow comedian Chris Rock appeared on stage and said “Was that Will Smith?” The crowd roared at the reference to Rock’s on stage attack from Smith at the Oscars earlier this year.