Comics Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock stand up for themselves in the face of their infamous on-stage attacks.
Chappelle – who was attacked by a knife-wielding assailant during a set at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday – and Rock, who made headlines for being beaten by Will Smith at this year’s Oscars, both performed a “secret” comedy show in Los on Thursday night on Angeles, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The tight-lipped show took place in a small venue at the Comedy Store Club and featured a star-studded audience consisting of Kim Kardashian, rappers Sean “Diddy” Combs and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), and comedian Jeff Ross.
Fans paid $160 to see a cigarette-smoking Chappelle billed as a last-minute comedian with no name. After a loud ovation, he was joined on stage by Rock about 10 minutes into his set as the duo smiled at their tough circumstances.
In response, Rock – who previously poked fun at Chappelle’s open field tackle – took the opportunity to hit Smith back for the now-month-long drama he’d caused.
“At least someone beat you in reputation!” Chappelle told Rock in front of the 70-seat crowd. “I was hit by a homeless man with leaves in his hair.”
Rock giggled and quipped back, “I got hit by the softest n—a that ever rapped,” reported the Hollywood Reporter.
Eventually, the pair moved on to make punchlines about other currents, such as Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuits and the looming uncertainty of Roe v. Calf.
Then Chappelle decided to take a few shots at Combs.
“I’m in the [place] where you were in the car with Biggie Smalls when he died,” Chappelle said towards the end of his set, eyeing Combs. “I hate this city.”
After Chappelle was leveled by 23-year-old Isaiah Lee – whose arm the comic’s security team broke – who has been under arrest since his arrest – celebrities and comedians across the country rushed to defend the headliner.
“Someone who gets their ass kicked is sending a message to other people, you know?” Comedian Kevin Hart said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Thursday. “I think that’s the world we’re in right now. . .There are many lines that are blurred. And sometimes you have to take a few steps back to take a few steps forward.”
He continued, praising the fact that “Dave went back after that and finished the show.”
“I didn’t let that thing get big. I quickly got off it and went back to doing comedy. And that’s what a professional does. Ultimately, those moments of unprofessionalism shouldn’t break professionals.”