Kevin Hart and Chris Rock surprise Madison Square Garden with Dave Chappelle opener and Chris is gifted a goat with a cliché name.

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This past weekend, Chris Rock and Kevin Hart brought their Headliners Only mini-tour to New York’s historic Madison Square Garden and no matter how you feel about the New York Knicks, MSG is still demanding of your A-game if you perform in that building. Luckily for the sold-out crowd that’s exactly what the duo brought for folks looking to have a great night of laughs.

Dave Chappelle Stuns The Crowd Opening For Chris Rock & Kevin Hart

Dave Chappelle kicked off the night of comedy as the surprise headliner, claiming he had to sneak in while making reference to his recent Minneapolis show being moved after the venue staff’s backlash. Chappelle also frequently mentioned cancel culture, which got the crowd cheering, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

THR adds that during his set, Chappelle also mentioned his Hollywood Bowl attack and said that he hopes his attacker catches Monkey Pox in jail so his “a** can itch for four to six weeks.”

“Chappelle assured the crowd that “despite what you may have read about in the news, I’m OK, and I appreciate the support.” He referenced the criticism he’s received since his Netflix special, The Closer, and he “gets it” but then added, “I already spent the money.”


But Chappelle directed his real fury at the press, particularly the New York Post, for calling the attack “alleged” when the incident was captured on video. He also accused the paper of putting words in the man’s mouth, urging the man to say he was triggered by Chappelle’s material. The comic claimed he knew the lines were fed because he spoke to the man backstage for himself and “all he could say was” — at which point Chappelle made “cuckoo” noises.


Kevin Hart and Chris Rock both came after and dominated their sets before all three men returned to the stage. During their trio time on stage, Kevin Hart presented Chris Rock with a real life goat, to which Rock quickly proclaimed,

“I’m not taking care of that sh*t!”

Kevin continued to reference the goat and likened it to him believing that Chris Rock is the “greatest of all time.” While making that quip, Dave Chappelle jokingly interrupted to say, “This is the worst night of this goat’s life.”

Before long, the topic of what to call the goat came up and Kevin Hart quickly responded, “Will Smith!” reports THR.


The night reportedly ended with Dave Chappelle having a serious moment and thanking Rock and Hart for always having his back amid their brotherly bond.


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