No Hecklers Allowed At Dave Chappelle’s Quick-Witted Oddball Stop At DTE Theatre

Source: Adam Graham / The Detroit News

Dave Chappelle made it through Sunday’s Oddball Comedy Tour stop at DTE Energy Music Theatre, performing a quick-witted if wandering 45-minute set to a nearly sold-out crowd.

Things did not go as well during a date in Hartford, Conn. last week, when a heckling incident caused Chappelle to cut his show short. The chain-smoking 40-year-old comedian was quick to address the widely reported event on Sunday. “(Forget) Connecticut,” Chappelle said early on, using a different word than “forget” to a round of cheers from the crowd.

For many comedians, incidents like the one in Hartford wouldn’t make waves. But for Chappelle, whose decision to walk away from his sketch comedy series “Chappelle’s Show” eight years ago continues to loom large over his career, it was fodder for his critics who say he can’t keep himself together.

Precautions were taken Sunday to make sure another such incident didn’t occur. Cell phone use was banned at the show and security made sure the rule was strictly enforced, and signs around the venue warned ticket holders that “texting, tweeting, heckling, talking, cameras or recording devices of any kind” would result in ejection from the show.

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