John Mulaney’s show in Columbus, Ohio had a surprise warm-up for the main star – Dave Chappelle, who came for a visit from his nearby Yellow Springs home to lend a hand. Audience phones were locked in a pouch, so no video of the moment exists.
“I mean, it wasn’t a gun, it was a knife! A gun that identifies as a knife?” Chappelle said. “He then paused, smiled a bit, and moved on quickly. The homophobic joke was him reportedly saying, “Maybe you two are gay, I don’t know, nothing wrong with that if that’s the case.”
Mulaney hugged Chappelle at the end of the set.
There were some online complaints about Chappelle’s surprise appearance from those still smarting from his allegedly transphobic comments in his Netflix specials, particularly, The Closer.
Editor’s Note: The original version of this story quoted an online source that was misidentifed. The story has been edited to remove the original quotes.