Watch Dave Chappelle Return to Hartford a Year After Being Booed Off Stage

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Aug. 24 2014 8:25 PM

Dave Chappelle Returns to Hartford for a Surprise Stand-Up Show

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Dave Chappelle.

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Exactly one year ago, Dave Chappelle quit stand-up. Or that’s what it seemed like: during his Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival Tour, Chappelle did a set at Hartford, Conn., that went downhill very quickly. After sparring with the audience—a rowdy crowd that Chappelle would later call “a room full of white people” and “young, white alcoholics”—the comedian abandoned his act and was eventually heckled off stage. On Saturday night, Chappelle made a surprise return to Hartford: after a Louis C.K. set, Chappelle walked on stage to massive cheers and delivered a short but raucous act that seemed to wash away any bad blood between the comedian and the city.

Chappelle seemed surprised at the audience’s warm reception, and starts the set by noting that “I did not think I would ever come back to Hartford.” After apologizing for his “immature” reaction to last year's fiasco, he launches into some typically hilarious bits on fighting a lesbian and having sex with an older woman. Enjoy.

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