August 30th, 2013

Whale fluke

"You are booing yourself," Dave Chappelle said.

After engaging some of the heckling politely, Chapelle had enough. "I’ve been up here a while now and I thought it was me but now I ‘m sure it’s you. There is definitely something wrong with you." he told us. In other words, 'shut up and let me perform.' Not many did. Finally, he gave up and took his cigarettes and his water and sat on stage.

The crowd got worse. People were booing, jeering. I heard a woman yell something that was drowned out by a guy near me screaming “DAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEE” for the umpteenth time. But Dave hears her.

"Times like this, I wonder where Katt Williams is." He sips his water and stares at us meaningfully. There is a hush. The jeers begin again.

Ebony's Lesli-Ann Lewis gives a first-hand report of Dave Chappelle's aborted stand-up show Thursday night, and what it means.