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Dave Chappelle

Gives Crowd the Silent Treatment

7/23/2011 5:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dave Chappelle bombed on stage last night at a charity event in Miami -- things were so bad, Dave checked his text messages ... in the middle of his show!

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According to reports, Chappelle became distracted by fans who were recording him and began conversing with them and refusing to tell jokes.

CNN reporter Roland S. Martin was in the crowd and tweeted throughout the show, saying, "He's spent more time going back & forth with one audience member, & pretty much stopped telling jokes ... He got texted four times during his show and actually checked them ... He's just staring at the crowd & sighing ... He's been on stage 46 minutes & told one joke."

The event, Zo’s Summer Groove, was put on by former NBA player Alonzo Mourning with the money going towards Alonzo's youth charity.

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46.

Frank    

Clearly he has some major psychological disorder going on which has not been treated effectively. This start some years ago when he took off in the middle of a big deal and he has never made it back and clearly is unlikely ever will.

1152 days ago
47.

brock lesnar    

he should of got on stage and said "Im Rick James Bitch" and then walked off. end of show.

1152 days ago
48.

timid    

He has always seemed very immature to me. Appears to expect the world to conform to his way of thinking, his perceptions.

It ain't gonna happen. And yes, we DO understand you.

Sad, really. I've seen many gifted entertainers/stand-up artists who rather than use their gifts go off in areas they are truly ill equipped to go then blame everyone else for their lack of success. He may need some serious ego shrinkage. 50 minutes three times a week might help. I read that he was doing well. Sorry to see this regression.

1152 days ago
49.

PRO US    

If you want to understand Dave Chappelle a little, listen to his relatively recent interview on The Actor's Studio. When he talks about his father's illness and passing away, it's quite moving. It's available for now in 9 parts on utube. The first part is here, and then you just follow on the right side of the page for the subsequent parts of the interview, one at a time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nihoa4z8wgI

Enjoy.

1152 days ago
50.

hippie    

NEVER would Id have thought I'd see Charlie Sheen surpass Dave Chapelle in the standup circuit! A painful time indeed!

1152 days ago
51.

MikeInVA    

I was at the show. D.L. Hughley, Doug E. Fresh, Capone, Roz G all came on before him and were great. The show was great. Dave got into it with the Seminole tribe on the front row. It was the young (son?) of the chief filming and talking trash. Dave didn't realize that they were the Seminole VIPs (Chief and family). He argued with the punk kid about his mohawk, tats and Seminole history. It was bizarre.

1151 days ago
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alexandra guyton    

It was definetely a shocker to see Dave behave in that manner ...but it takes guts for someone not to be move by the audience the way he was and stay true to who he is

1150 days ago
53.

Mr.Velvet    

Sounds like the douchey audience got what they deserved. How about sticking your phone up your ass!

1150 days ago
54.

IRENE    

I HEARD THE REASON DAVE ACTED THAT WAY WAS BC HE WASNT GIVEN THE STAR STUDDED TREATMENT HE FELT HE DESERVED BY THE INDIANS WHO I HEARD GIVE HIM A ROOM NOT TO HIS LIKING. SO HIS ATTITUDE WAS SINCE IM ALREADY PAID TO BE HERE THEN I WONT TELL ANYMORE JOKES SINCE I WASNT TREATED WITH RESPECT. BUT NO ONE EVER LOOKS FURTHER INTO THE STORIES THEY JUST TELL IT HOW IT APPEARS.

1127 days ago
55.

anon    

people are stupid

1127 days ago
56.

Rory    

I would be just like Dave...Yall need to start kicking hecklers out the ******* audience....
Dave isn't crazy...you media ***** just mold public perception to believe this....

PEOPLE ARE ******* STUPID....I don't think a more succinct statement has been made....

1112 days ago
57.

Tristan Schofield    

you guys are all idiots. none of you know jack **** about bipolar and none of you know jack **** about stand up comedy or how it can effect you when you have an obnoxious crowd. they didnt deserve to be entertained.

1088 days ago
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Corey Marshall    

As a comic on his level I can understand why he would be apprehensive about "Doing a routine" for a charitable event in front of an uncontrolled crowd of people who are recording his routine against his will.

1014 days ago
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