Dave Chappelle nearly had to administer the fade to a concert-goer after the man, presumed to be white, tossed a banana peel at the comedian during a performance in New Mexico. Police in Santa Fe arrested the man for his act, which was apparently started because Chappelle joked about his friend.
The good folks at TMZ broke the report and captured audio of Chappelle’s humorous and slightly angered response. The man who threw the peel, Christian Englander, hit Chappelle in the leg at the Monday night (Mar. 30) concert. While the crowd was obviously stunned, as heard on the audio, Chappelle handled the racist act graciously as anyone could imagine.
Englander told cops he was angry because Chappelle had singled out his friend who was drawing in a book. He says the friend identified himself as “Johnny Appleseed” … and then Dave started cracking on him. Ironically, Englander says he thought Dave was making racist jokes at his friend’s expense … and that’s why he whipped the banana peel.
He was booked for battery and disorderly conduct.
During the show, Chappelle got pretty angry and started threatening — jokingly he said — to retaliate if he found out who threw the peel.
“First of all, I am not going to let White people ruin bananas for me,” retorted Chappelle. “F-ck that b-tch, they’re a good source of potassium.”
Chappelle then continued saying, “And I know my man– I see Corey just jumped off the stage. Corey is one of my Black friends from Harlem. Corey when you find this motherf-cker, do not throw him out, bring him to me. First, I’m going to kill him with my comedy and then I’m going to kick him in his f-cking face.”
Chapelle said he was just issuing “empty threats” by the way. Peep the entire audio of the moment below. Hit the next page to see Christian Englander’s struggle mug shot.