Downtown Knoxville was packed Tuesday night for Dave Chappelle's one-night-only sold out performances.
However, it seems not everyone in the crowd knew how to behave.
Knoxville comedian Matt Ward penned an open letter to last night's audiences. (Full disclosure: Ward is a nightlife freelance writer for the News Sentinel). Among the highlights:
3.) If you are not being spoken to from the stage, DON'T SPEAK TO WHO IS ON THE STAGE. If the comic wants you to be part of the show, he or she will make you part of the show.
10.) If you get the urge to lash out? Please, just stop..... Laugh when the laughs come, smile and watch while the set up builds and you will quickly find you enjoy this breathe and release format of watching a comedy show. Resting so your imagination can go exactly where the comedian is intending it to allows you to fully enjoy the joke. Have fun, keep it cool and enjoy the show.
You can read the entire letter here.
Audience members took to twitter to express their disgust at the outbursts and heckling.
Chappelle Show tweets
There is a special place in hell for people who talk while Dave Chappelle is talking.— Jeremiah Williams (@JHWilliams910) June 26, 2013
@kellyabsher Lots of distracting chatter and shouting from the audience, apparently.— Knoxville Dotcom (@KnoxvilleDotcom) June 26, 2013
Seeing this again and again. :( RT @maxwell32: Truly embarrassed by the audience at the 7:30 Chappelle show. Get some class Knoxville. Damn.— Knoxville Dotcom (@KnoxvilleDotcom) June 26, 2013
Reporter Gerald Witt attended Chappelle's 10 p.m. performances. Here's part of his first hand account:
"Some of the plain dumb things hollered from the audience included asking what Chappelle thought of Paula Deen, Africa and, of all things, white girls – among many, many other unnecessary outbursts. Some dude walked up to the stage and slapped five with Chappelle. And Candace, oh Candace, you’re single. I hope you find a boyfriend. Chappelle said her issue was a global issue Tuesday for the crowd: You talk too much.
"Chappelle engaged the hecklers. And I don’t blame him. I can assume the thinking goes like this, from his end – if you’re going to talk over my act, screw the act, we’ll do this.
"At one point, Chappelle said something like, 'I brought the fine China, but you want the paper plates.' Translation: You’re not a sophisticated audience."
You can read Gerald's entire piece here.
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