It’s safe to assume that Dave Chappelle’s reaction to Prince’s untimely passing was something we were all waiting on. The comedian’s name was forever linked to Prince’s thanks to his brilliant recreation of Charlie Murphy’s assumed run-in with the musical genius at a nightclub in the ’80s. In the hilarious 2004 Chappelle’s Show sketch, Dave dresses up as the purple one, beats Murphy at a game of basketball and then serves the team pancakes — all while fabulously dressed in androgynous gear. Best TV sketch ever? Best TV sketch ever.
Friday night, Chappelle reportedly turned the San Francisco stop of his extended stand-up tour into a four-hour tribute show honoring Prince. With the Chapel illuminated with a purple glow, Chappelle reportedly compared the Purple Rain star’s devastating death to a terrorist attack. “This is black 9/11,” he told the grieving audience. “I almost thought about not coming tonight, but my band was like, ‘Yo, Prince would definitely not condone that.’”
SF Chronicle notes Chappelle band played a dope mix of Prince classics while Chappelle shared fond memories of his fallen friend, even pulling out a tambourine with Prince’s iconic logo to play. Despite the popularity of the Charlie Murphy True Hollywood sketch, The comedic actor still couldn’t figure out why media outlets were reaching out to him after Prince’s death. “I kept wondering all day, ‘Why are they calling me?’” he said. “I’ll tell you what: I didn’t know him well, but I knew him well.”
Much like Prince’s performances, no video.