• Stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle has been heavily criticized in recent years
  • Many have called for Chappelle to be cancelled following his last stand-up special
  • Chappelle was rushed on stage at a live performance this week

After what felt like one of the most embarrassing moments in television history, many comedians were quick to point out that the lack of action against Will Smith would have repercussions for other comedians later down the road. And this was now proven to be the case, after legendary veteran comedian (for many, the greatest of all time) Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage by an armed assailant who charged Chappelle in the middle of his set!

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It all happened at the Dave Chappelle & Friends performance as part of the Netflix is a Joke comedy festival! In a now viral video posted to social media, someone in the crowd can be seen running onto the stage before tackling Chappelle as security races to intervene.

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed the incident claiming that the male suspect had been armed with a replica gun that could eject a knife blade when discharged. At this point, however, it's still unclear if the suspect intended to use the weapon on Chappelle.

The LAPD said the suspect had been in the audience prior to the attack, then jumped on stage and attacked Chappelle just as he was about to leave the stage. Chappelle himself was not injured in the attack, and the show resumed shortly after the suspect was put in handcuffs!

And other notable comedians were also on hand to help Chappelle during the scuffle...

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Actor and fellow comedian Jamie Foxx reportedly jumped on the stage to help protect Chappelle. Moments later Dave joked, "whenever you're in trouble, Jamie Foxx will show up in a Sheriff's hat!" This made the audience come back to place of peace after shocking moments were fans could only watch helplessly as their favorite comedian was being attacked.

Chappelle made sure to bring the levity back, and after being very publicly vilified by the trans community for some of his jokes, Chappelle was quick to joke: "It was a trans man!"

Not to be outdone, Chris Rock himself joined Chappelle on stage at the end of the show, and left a joke which will surely make the rounds around the world again: "Was that Will Smith?", said Rock!

On that note, the crowd roared into laughter and applause, and perhaps seeing this incident and the jokes that immediately followed can help bring closure to what happened on Oscar night.

Either way, nobody was seriously hurt, and Chappelle will be back on stage performing in no time at all!