Comedian Dave Chappelle has hit back at the audience that caused him to walk offstage in Hartford, Conn., during a stop on the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity festival.
Speaking to an audience in Chicago on Tuesday night, Chappelle described the crowd in Hartford as “evil,” “torturous” and “young, white alcoholics, just booing and talking all kinds of s**t.”
“I swear to god, f**k that whole city,” Chappelle said. “I will never go back … I won’t even go to Hartford for f**king gas.”
On Aug. 29, Chappelle performed to a packed crowd at the Comcast Theatre in Hartford, but things didn’t go well. According to USA Today, the 40-year-old was heckled by the crowd shortly after starting his set. He reportedly sat on a stool, smoking a cigarette, and chiding the audience before leaving after about 25 minutes.
"I wanted to pull a reverse Kramer and call them all crackers or something crazy like that," Chappelle said in Chicago, referring to “Seinfeld” alum Michael Richards’ infamous 2006 onstage meltdown.
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Chappelle also joked about his reputation for being eccentric and reclusive. “Contrary to popular belief, I’m not on drugs,” Chappelle said.
Chappelle likened the Hartford show to “being at a f**king tiger show the night Sigfried and Roy got their throats bit out by the tiger ... you don't go to see somebody be safe."
"I don't want anything bad to happen to the United States," Chappelle said. "But if North Korea ever drops a nuclear bomb on this country, I swear to God I hope it lands in Hartford, Connecticut."
Listen to Chappelle talking about the Hartford incident below.