Dave Chappelle and Hartford have a mutual dislike
September 5th, 2013
04:50 PM ET

Dave Chappelle and Hartford have a mutual dislike

Chances are, Dave Chappelle isn't going to revisit Hartford, Connecticut anytime soon.

The comedian's performance there last Thursday ended pretty badly - by which we mean he first lectured the audience on their heckling before walking off the stage.

The experience was so comically disastrous, Chappelle even found a way to work it into his live act in Chicago on Tuesday night.

According to TMZ, which has audio of his stand-up, Chappelle told the Chi-town audience that he "will never go back [to Hartford] ... I wouldn't even go to Hartford for f*****g gas. I don't want anything bad to happen to the United States but if North Korea ever drops a nuclear bomb on this country ... I hope it lands in Hartford, Connecticut."

Needless to say, some of Hartford's prominent figures haven't offered an olive branch.

"Dave Chappelle should quit whining, do his job and try some yoga," tweeted Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.

But to Chappelle, the crowd that booed and jeered with increasing intensity on Thursday was "evil ... an arena full of suburban torturers, young white alcoholics, just booing and talking all kinds of s***. It was like, I wanted to pull a reverse Kramer, and just call 'em all crackers, or something crazy like that. I know that s*** would be on YouTube."

Yet he also knew he couldn't do that, as he remembered how badly he felt when Michael Richards - who played Kramer on "Seinfeld" - used the "N"-word in a rant during a 2006 performance.

"I was a 'Seinfeld' fan till the end, but when he did that s***, I was like, 'Kramer, you f****d up ... you lost me,'" he quipped.

In the end, though, Chappelle thinks the Hartford crowd got what they came for.

"That crowd feels lucky that they got to see me freak out. It's just like being at a f*****g tiger show the night Siegfried and Roy got their throats bit out by the tiger," he said. "I know deep down that's why you go to the tiger show. You don't go to see somebody be safe."


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