Dave Chapel was attacked on Tuesday night by a man who ran onto the stage during his performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
A video posted on social media shows a man running to the stage and throwing Chapel to the ground, while guards rush to intervene.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed the incident, saying the man had a copy of the gun with the blade of the knife being thrown out. It is unknown whether the man tried to use a weapon at all.
According to the LAPD, the suspect has since been identified as 23-year-old Isaiah Lee, and he has been charged with assault using a deadly weapon.
When the incident happened, Chapelle was performing on his show “Dave Chapel and Friends,” which is part of the Netflix joke festival.
Lee, who was in the auditorium, jumped on stage and attacked Chapel as he prepared to leave. The guards quickly distracted the suspect from the comedian and then detained him, police said. Lee was taken to hospital because of injuries he received during the quarrel.
Chapel was not injured during the attack and continued the show afterwards, joking about the incident.
“He was a trans man,” he commented, according to The Hollywood Reporter (the gender identity of the attacker is unknown).
The audience was stunned by the quarrel.
Brianna Sachs, a BuzzFeed News reporter who attended the show and witnessed the quarrel, said:
“We were all standing frozen.”
One of the social media users who attended the show, Jed Simon, called Chapelle “a great sport” to return to the stage.
According to Sachs, the comedian explained that he had to increase his safety after he faced a harsh reaction to it jokes about the transgender community.
Sachs also shared a video of how the suspect after the quarrel was loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher. She said he was apparently severely beaten.
Sachs said the incident was similar to how Will Smith hit Chris Rock at the Oscars.
“I think it just shows, for example, the reality for comedians right now,” Sachs said.
Rock, who performed at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday, joked about the slap before Chapelle was convicted on stage.
Rock returned to the scene after an argument and joked with the attacker,
“Maybe it was Will Smith. You know, they said, ‘This is Will Smith?’
Since then, celebrities have begun to weigh the attack. Comedian Tony Baker tweeted about the incident,
“This attacker on the people on stage won’t fly,”
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