Chappelle Rants Against 'White Alcoholic' Hecklers

His 'meltdown' wasn't his fault, comedian says

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 5, 2013 9:48 AM CDT

(Newser) – Dave Chappelle insists his onstage "meltdown" last week wasn't actually his fault, but can be blamed on the awful audience he faced in Hartford, Conn. He went on an expletive-ridden rant about the experience at a Chicago show Tuesday night, TMZ reports. The crowd was "evil" and full of "suburban torturists" and "young, white alcoholics," he said as soon as he took the stage. "I wanted to pull a reverse Kramer and call them all crackers or something crazy like that," he said, referring to Michael Richards' 2006 N-word rant. (He also assured the Chicago crowd he's not on drugs.)

"I don't want anything bad to happen to the United States," Chappelle continued, "but if North Korea ever drops a nuclear bomb on this country, I swear to God I hope it lands in Hartford, Connecticut."

In this June 13, 2006, file photo, comedian Dave Chappelle promotes the release of his new DVD Dave Chappelle's Block Party, at the Virgin Megastore in Los Angeles.
In this June 13, 2006, file photo, comedian Dave Chappelle promotes the release of his new DVD "Dave Chappelle's Block Party," at the Virgin Megastore in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Stefano Paltera, File)
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