SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dave Chappelle asked the crowd on his comedy show to “make some noise for the richest man in the world.”
They did it. Lots of boos.
It was a rather uncomfortable appearance for Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk at Chappelle’s show with Chris Rock on Sunday night at the Chase Center in San Francisco. At the end of the show, Chappelle spoke about the need to get along and communicate with people with different views and perspectives.
He invited Musk on stage. The billionaire agreed, wearing an “I Love Twitter” t-shirt. Loud boos filled the arena, along with cheers.
Chappelle joked with Musk, “Looks like some of those people you fired.” As the boos continued to ring out, the comic pointed out that “all the people who boo, and I’m just pointing out the obvious – are in terrible seats.”
Twitter has been undergoing massive changes since Musk took over the social media platform, with the first few weeks of his tenure seeing widespread layoffs and the restoration of several frozen accounts, including those of former President Donald Trump and the Representative Marjorie TaylorGreene.
The other artists of the evening, including Rock, Donnell Rawlings of “Chappelle’s Show” and hip hop group Black Star, took the stage to say goodnight, while Musk also remained on stage. Chappelle asked Musk to repeat Rawlings’ catchphrase from their classic show – “I’m rich b—-” Rawlings went first, then Musk complied.
It was then that Chappelle asked the crowd not to boo Musk because he needed him to open the first comedy club on Mars. He also asked Musk if he could help Black Star’s Talib Kweli, who Chappelle said had been banned from Twitter.
Musk, who bought Twitter for $44 billion in October, responded by saying, “Twitter customer service here.”
He stayed on stage and shook hands with many artists. Attendees had been required to lock their phones during the show, but a few videos of the encounter have surfaced.