(PIX11) – Comedian Dave Chappelle had a rocky performance at a Hartford, Connecticut comedy club Thursday night, being heckled by audience members before finally storming off stage and refusing to perform his set.
Chappelle was the headliner at the Funny or Die Presents The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival at the Comcast Theatre when people in the audience began booing him during his first few jokes.
The comedian stopped his performance and instead sat on a wooden stool on stage, responding to his hecklers and reading a book of someone in the audience for 25 minutes. “Man, this crowd sucks,” Chappelle said as people walked out of the theatre, demanding their money back.
“I wanted to do a better show, too. It’s not my fault. Quite noisy in here,” Chappelle said in response a man in the audience.
“He was berating the audience and telling them they were a lousy audience. I think it was kind of sad and disappointing,” said Connecticut state Representative Matthew Lesser who was in the audience.
To the disappointment of many fans, Chappelle walked away from his hit series on Comedy Central, “Chappelle’s Show” and a $50 million deal in 2005 to spend time in South Africa. Chappelle has said he left because he wasn’t happy with the direction the show was going in.
At the end of the meltdown, Chappelle said to the audience, “You guys have totally ruined my chances of running for Congress or something,” dropped the mic, and walked off stage.
Chappelle and his representatives have commented on the incident.