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Written on Open Letter: Knoxville, About That Dave Chappelle Show...:

in response to channelz:

ghostkittykat, thank you for the comment concerning the "heavy story" we never got to hear. You are absolutely right. I was disgusted with the tee shirt incident and was ashamed that the perpetrators hijacked the show with their own provincial interests (it was a hot dog shirt, apparently, but the color was defintely BEEGARNJ. Why, why, why does this have to be forced into EVERY SITUATION???) I just sat there muttering, "Please, please stop - please shut up and let the man do his show." It was awful. I really wanted to hear what he had to say. I honestly thought a Chappelle audience would be a bit more sophisticated.

I am so upset we never got the chance to hear that story, plus anything else that he wasn't able to get to between the "t-shirt present" person, the "can I shake your hand" person or the "lemme hit that cigarette" person (ew, why would you ask a stranger, let alone a Celebrity that!!) and the worst, the "i'm so slick I can youtube this because the rules don't apply to me" person; I know if the audience is aware the performance is being taped for TV, there are those who purposefully yell out so that they can identify themselves, elbow their buddy and say "Ay, that was me right there, cool, huh?"
At one point I was so embarrassed that I just loudly blurted out "SORRY!", not that it would have made up for the appalling behavior going on...
Here is a great comedian who has been out of the limelight for a long time & we all paid good money to hear what he had to say. After reading the review from the Ryman Auditorium performance, we unfortunately missed a LOT of material.

Written on Open Letter: Knoxville, About That Dave Chappelle Show...:

in response to MGonzalez:

Just a few notes here--thanks for the discussion! I think I hit a nerve with some people.

First, my sensibilities are not delicate; I was at a Dave Chappelle show.

As far as Dave's material--we didn't get to see enough of it to know if he had a solid act. Some comics and performers are better than others than controlling the audience. Maybe Dave isn't best at redirecting the crowd right now, but he typically is excellent at being funny. Until the T-shirt incident in the first show, he was being funny, and people were belly laughing around me. After that, and the continued calls from the audience, I think he felt he was fighting a losing battle. Why come all this way just to be disrespected?

Whether or not Dave was at his very best, several members of the audience acted like entitled, spoiled children, with no regard to anyone around them. I'd think that most performers of any genre, when faced with this, would have issues. I just think the show would have gone much better without those distractions, and the audience is certainly not blameless in that.

I completely agree; there will always be some catcalling/heckling and the performer must choose how to handle it, BUT this went WAY beyond the typical loud d-bag whistle and "love you" shout-outs...the t-shirt incident went on far too long because the immature audience members went ON & ON & ON & ON begging him to put the damn thing on!?! Ask once, he said no, let him move on, back to the show (and the "heavy story" he was going to tell that we never heard). I was mortified at the behavior. (I was @ 7:30 show)

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