Dave Chappelle was tackled onstage Tuesday night at the Hollywood Bowl by a person with a makeshift weapon, but the comedian was apparently not injured, continued his set and then joked about it later, according to multiple reports.
Video circulating online shows a man running onstage during Chappelle’s appearance at the Netflix is a Joke Festival at the Los Angeles outdoor venue. Multiple witnesses said Chapelle tussled with the man on the floor before he ran off behind an onstage screen, where security subdued him, with Chappelle giving chase.
Local affiliate KABC helicopter video showed the suspect, who LAPD identified as 23-year-old Isaiah Lee, being taken away on a gurney by medical staff. Police confirmed they responded to an incident at the Hollywood Bowl around 10:45 p.m., and that Lee had been booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and held on $30,000 bail.
It was not clear whether the man had been injured, although according to the New York Post, he was “hospitalized after security pounced on him, with video showing his arm twisted and apparently snapped as he was booed while being led to an ambulance while strapped to an upright gurney.” They also say that the man as unhoused, with his address being listed as a shelter.
NBC News Los Angeles reported that the suspect was carrying some kind of replica gun with a blade attachement, but it wasn’t immediately clear whether he tried to use it.
Dave Chappelle just got attacked on stage
— Hoodville (@Hoodville_) May 4, 2022
A Buzzfeed reporter who was in attendance tweeted that she saw the suspect get his “ass kicked” by several people before being loaded onto a gurney and taken away.
Just came out of the Hollywood Bowl where a man charged and tackled Dave Chapelle on stage and got his ass kicked by at least 10 people.
LAPD and LAFD are now loading him into an ambulance pic.twitter.com/7SXPe9e8az
— Brianna Sacks (@bri_sacks) May 4, 2022
Other video showed Chapelle taking the attack in stride.
“It was a trans man,” he reportedly joked, a reference to his multi-special comments about the trans movement that have gotten him into hot water. His comedian colleagues had their own take on the fracas.
“Was that Will Smith?” joked Chris Rock, who had performed earlier and joined Chapelle onstage after the attack. The Oscars slap-ee, who now has even more in common with Chappelle, has still been fairly mum about the incident at this year’s Academy Awards.
This story is developing …