Just a couple of days after Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage at the “Netflix is a Joke” comedy festival in Los Angeles, Chris Rock joined him onstage at what The Hollywood Reporter described as a “secret show.”
The secret show was held at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles on Thursday last week, and the pair bantered back and forth about being attacked while onstage.
“At least you got smacked by someone of repute!” Chappelle joked to Rock. “I got smacked by a homeless guy with leaves in his hair.”
Rock had attended Chappelle’s show at the Hollywood Bowl two nights prior, and he replied to his fellow comedian, “I got smacked by the softest n—- that ever rapped.”
This comment was, of course, in reference to the infamous Will Smith slap at the Oscars after Rock made an insensitive joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head, which she shaves due to hair loss.
It appears Chappelle requested to speak to his assailant at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night to find out why the young man did it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chappelle said that he and the 23-year-old, identified as Isaiah Lee by police, talked about Lee’s grandmother, who had been forced to move out of her NYC neighborhood due to gentrification. This was why Lee had stormed onto the stage, according to Chappelle, so that he could raise awareness of her situation.
They went on to discuss various other topics, Chappelle told the crowd, ranging from Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s ongoing defamation trial and the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that has recently come to light.
Lee has had four misdemeanor charges filed against him, including battery, possession of a weapon with the intent to assault, and charges connected to interfering with a performance. He had pleaded not guilty according to a report by NBC 4. Police say Lee had a replica gun equipped with a knife blade at the end of the fake gun. Lee’s bond was set at $30,000.
This is the first time Rock has made any real mention of Will Smith slapping him at the Oscars.
Previously at a show at the Palm Springs Desert Sun, Rock said he would only speak out about what happened if he got paid.
“I’m OK, I have a whole show, and I’m not talking about that until I get paid,” he said at the time. “Life is good. I got my hearing back.”
While Rock had said he wasn’t going to talk unless he got paid, that certainly wasn’t the case for his brothers and mother. Tony Rock, who is also a comedian, said he would “pop” if Will Smith ran onstage during one of his performances, while mother Rose Rock said that when Smith slapped her son, “he slapped all of us. He really slapped me.”