May 4, 2022
Comedian Dave Chappelle was tackled on stage at the Hollywood Bowl late May 3 by a man reportedly carrying a replica handgun and knife. The incident, which occurred near the end of Chappelle’s routine at the “Netflix Is a Joke” comedy festival, didn’t result in any injuries to the comic who has garnered controversy for past comments some critics contend is hate speech.
The suspect, identified in media reports as Isaiah Lee, was arrested on stage at the amphitheater by Los Angeles Police Department officers and booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
The incident comes just weeks after actor Will Smith rushed the stage at the 2022 Oscars and slapped comedic Chris Rock on national television after he made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Rock, who reportedly was in attendance at Chappelle’s performance, rushed to the comic’s side backstage following the attack. He couldn’t resist throwing another punch.
“Was that Will Smith?” Rock joked.
In a statement, Netflix said it doesn’t condone violence targeting content creators and performers.
“We strongly defend the right of stand-up comedians to perform on stage without fear of violence,” said the streamer.