Dave Chappelle surprises John Mulaney comedy show with his appearance and makes transphobic jokes
Dave Chappelle is never far from controversy, making a surprise appearance and doubling down on transphobic jokes.
Viewers of comedian John Mulaney’s stand-up show were shocked to be greeted by the appearance of Dave Chappelle.
The controversial Chappelle, according to show guests, was a surprise opening act for Mulaney at a set in Columbus, Ohio, according to TMZ.
According to those present, who were unable to record the audio because cell phones were hidden in locked pockets, Chappelle told “a bunch of transphobic jokes.”
Another audience member said Chappelle’s transphobic joke involved guns identified as knives – a reference to the weapon used by the man who attacked him on stage earlier in the month – but that he gave the crowd a knowing look before continuing.
Others on social media criticized Mulaney for throwing Chappelle at his audience without fair warning.
Chappelle has courted controversy in recent years, particularly following the release of his Netflix comedy special The Closer, in which he took several shots of the trans and LGBTQI communities. It wasn’t the first time Chappelle had made communities the focus of his comedy.
He also claimed he was “Team TERF”, a term that stands for trans-exclusive radical feminist, a label commonly associated with Harry Potter author JK Rowling. Rowling has been criticized for years for her controversial comments about the trans community.
Chappelle’s comments in The closest led to an internal revolt at Netflix with upset staffers staging protests and walkouts. Netflix has since, months later, issued a memo to its team stating that if staff aren’t comfortable working on titles they disapprove of, they should consider working elsewhere.
At the time of Netflix’s rage in late 2021, Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby was embroiled in controversy when Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos, a self-proclaimed Chappelle fan, used Gadsby as a shield to list instances in which The streaming company gave artists from marginalized communities a platform.
Gadsby denounced Sarandos for using his work to justify his support for Chappelle. She wrote, “Hey Ted Sarandos! Just a quick note to let you know that I’d rather you didn’t drag my name through your mess.
“Now I have to deal with even more of the hate and anger that Dave Chappelle fans love to unleash on me every time Dave is given $20 million to treat his emotionally stunted partial worldview.
“You didn’t pay me enough to deal with the real consequences of the hateful dog whistle you refuse to acknowledge, Ted.
“F**k you and your amoral algorithm cult…I do bullshit with more spine than you. It’s just a joke ! I certainly didn’t cross a line because you just told the world there isn’t one.
Chappelle was also recently attacked on stage by an audience member during a performance as part of Netflix’s Is A Joke comedy festival. The attacker was arrested and hospitalized after being stopped by security.
Chappelle then “joked” that the man was “trans”.