Assault of Dave Chappelle was a matter of when, not if: Concha

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This article is adapted from Joe Concha’s video commentary.

The on-stage assault of a comedian was not a matter of if, but when. Is this the new normal?  

The comedian: Arguably the greatest of his generation, Dave Chappelle.  

The venue: The iconic Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles.  

Chappelle, the target of cancel culture not too long ago, was attacked during his performance before more than 17,000 in attendance. And before we laugh this off as Will Smith 2.0, know this: The attacker was armed with a replica handgun that contained a knife blade.  

Dave Chappelle looks on during UFC 264: Poirier v McGregor 3 at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)


This could have been very serious, even fatal.  

Thankfully, security along with actor Jamie Foxx, a guy you would not want to deal with in this kind of situation, was there to pummel the guy into submission. And Chris Rock was there to lighten the mood, knowing how it feels to have the stage turned into a free-for-all. 

But let’s say a comedian not of Chappelle’s fame is

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