Kevin insisted ‘that’s what a professional does’ (Picture: Jimmy Kimmel Live/Twitter)
The 48-year-old comedian was performing at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Tuesday night as part of the Netflix Is A Joke festival when a man rushed the stage and allegedly attacked him.
Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live, his fellow comic Hart commended Chappelle for the way he dealt with the incident and continued his performance.
The 42-year-old star told Mike Birbiglia – who is standing in for Jimmy Kimmel while he has Covid: ‘Dave went back after that and finished doing the show. Didn’t let that thing be a big thing.
“Quickly moved on from it and got back to doing comedy, and that’s what a professional does. Ultimately, these moments of improfessionalism should not break professionals.’
Actor Jamie Foxx joined Chappelle on stage and helped apprehend the alleged attacker before the performance continued.
Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage (Picture: Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The attacker, identified by the LAPD as Isaiah Lee, 23, was later charged with four misdemeanour counts: battery, possession of a weapon with intent to assault, unauthorised access to the stage area during a performance, and commission of an act that delays an event or interferes with a performer.
Hart has now called for greater respect for comedians and live acts, saying: ‘It’s time to get back to a place of respect for your live entertainer.’
The Jumanji actor added: ‘Somebody getting their ass whipped sends a message out to other people that was like, “You know, I was thinking about doing that, but seeing that, I don’t really want to do that”.
Kevin has praised Dave’s response (Picture: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Fanatics)
‘I think that the world that we’re in right now, there’s a lot of lines that have gotten blurred, and sometimes you got to take a couple steps backwards to take some steps forwards.’
Chappelle previously faced a backlash over comments about transgender people in his Netflix comedy special The Closer.
Meanwhile, Hart recalled an incident when he was hit with a ‘buffalo wing’ at one of his live shows, describing it as the ‘worst’ experience he had had with heckling while noting stand-up is ‘the world of heckler and comedian’.
But here’s what people have forgotten: in stand-up comedy it’s always been the world of heckler and comedian,’ he said. ‘Comedian has always dealt with heckler, heckler has always shouted out things because he felt that he could.
‘A comedian’s way of shutting that down was to say things back. It wasn’t bullying. It wasn’t picking on. It was all done in fun. We’ve now lost sight of the relationship of audience to comedian, and that line has gotten blurred.
‘So when I say we need to get back to the place of respecting the entertainer, respect the craft. If you’re coming, come and have a good time and enjoy the person that you saw; if you have no interest in that, you don’t have to buy a ticket.’
Chappelle released a statement through his spokesperson noting that his four-night run at the Hollywood Bowl ties him with Monty Python for the most headlined shows of any comedian at the famous venue and added that he refused to allow the ‘incident to overshadow the magic’ of the achievement.