Stand-up comedy is a macho game, the comic prowls the stage like a lion stalking his territory. He glares at the audience, seeking to win them over with his verbal and mental artistry.
Political-correctness should be as foreign in a comedy club as chaste behavior is in a brothel. No word should be banned from a comedian’s lexicon, not even racial slurs. In fact, the only word that should be banned in a comedy club is the “N-Word”. Let me make it crystal clear that I don’t mean the word *igger but the artistically offensive “N-Word” substitution.
A boxer wouldn’t tolerate a member of the audience jumping into the boxing ring during a match, and no stand-up comic worth his salt would tolerate a critic or heckler jumping up on the stage and attacking him. Both the boxer and the comic should beat the living daylights out of any interloper.
An idiot armed with a replica gun and a knife attempted to tackle comedian Dave Chappelle on stage during a performance for the Netflix Is a Joke Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. Chappelle is no Chris Rock, he and his security team and his celebrity friends, including Jamie Foxx and Busta Rhymes, proceeded to beat the hell out of the fool.
Chappelle is a man’s man, and a comic’s comic, and nobody will succeed in cancelling him, not Hollywood, and certainly not a moron who rushes the stage.