The show at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans on Saturday night was already supposed to be good. It was the first of Chris Rock’s three nights at the venue as part of The Total Blackout Tour, his first full-scale world tour in almost a decade.
It turned out to be even better than that when comedian Dave Chappelle ― who released two stand-up specials on Netflix simultaneously just last Tuesday ― surprised the crowd by walking onstage after intermission. He reportedly prompted a standing ovation.
“Tonight, you are all part of a social experiment,” said Chappelle, according to NOLA.com. “Stranger things have happened in New Orleans.”
Rock later joked on Instagram that the night was like “Watch the Throne Part 2.”
Chappelle, who is embarking on his own multi-day stint in Austin, Texas, this week ― did about 20 to 30 minutes of material on his own before Rock joined him, reportedly during a joke about who else but Donald Trump.
Unfortunately, phones were not allowed inside the venue, so we’re unlikely to ever see much ― if anything ― of the set. But we do know some of the topics discussed, thanks to The New Orleans Advocate and The Times-Picayune.
Topics included: Trump, Zika, Caitlyn Jenner, Rock’s divorce, Chappelle’s wife, porn star Alexis Texas, Chappelle’s Netflix specials and feminism.
The night’s starpower, however, was not limited to just Chappelle and Rock. Comedians Jeff Ross and Eric Andre opened with sets of their own, and Tyra Banks and Rosario Dawson, who dates Andre, were in attendance as well.
“I just realized this might be one of the flyest things I’ve ever been a part of,” Chappelle reportedly said during the show. “The only thing better would be if Eddie Murphy lowered from the rafters.”
Below are some of photos and videos we could find of the night.
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