Mayor Pedro Segarra tells the comedian to 'quit whining, do his job and try some yoga' after the heckling incident in Hartford.
Dave Chapelle is slammed by Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra following the comedian's walk-off during his show in the city and then his onstage rant in Chicago to comment on the incident. The mayor said what Chappelle did was "immature and inappropriate."
"Dave Chappelle should stick to his job, give the fans what they paid for and not disparage the good people of Hartford," Segarra stated. He additionally tweeted, "Dave Chappelle should quit whining, do his job and try some yoga. #HartfordHasIt P.E.S."
Chappelle walked off the stage on August 29 after being heckled at the Comcast Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut. He stopped telling jokes when the crowd refused to die down despite warning. He sat on a stool, smoking and reading a book to fulfill his time allotment.
When resuming his show, which was part of the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival presented by Funny Or Die, in Chicago on Tuesday, September 3, he praised the audience for behaving "so much better than" the "young, white alcoholics" in Hartford.
"That crowd was evil," he said in an expletive-laden rant. "A room....full of suburban torturers ... just booing and talking all kinds of s**t." He went on, "I swear to God, f**k that whole city. ... I'll never go back. I won't even go to Hartford for f**king gas."
The standup comedian didn't stop there as he added, "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 swear to God I hope it lands in Hartford, Connecticut."
Chappelle also referred to the infamous racial slurs fellow comedian Michael Richards hurled at African-American members of his audience at during a Laugh Factory show in 2006. "I wanted to pull a reverse Kramer and call 'em all crackers or something crazy like that," he said, referring to Richards' character from NBC's sitcom "Seinfeld".
But he added, "Couldn't do that. I felt bad when Kramer did that s**t to us."