The sudden death of music icon Prince was a major blow to fans and celebrities worldwide. But perhaps few were more impacted than Dave Chappelle, whose iconic comedy sketch mimicking the flamboyant and eccentric musician has become a pop culture staple.
At a standup performance in San Francisco, Chappelle was overcome with grief. “This is black 9/11,” he told the audience at his sold out show. “I almost thought about not coming tonight, but my band was like, ‘Yo, Prince would definitely not condone that.”
The 4-hour show included Chappelle’s band playing several Prince covers, and Chappelle himself reminiscing on Prince’s legacy. The venue was lit with purple lighting, and the theater marquee featured the opening lyric from “Let’s Go Crazy,” reading “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get thru this thing called life. – Prince.”
Take a look at Dave Chappelle’s classic Prince skit below: