Laugh Factory Beefs Up Security After Dave Chappelle Attack
Comedy Club Ups Security
After Attack On Chappelle
5/4/2022 4: 40 PM PT
The Laugh Factory, one of the meccas of standup comedy in Los Angeles, is beefing up security … and it’s in response to the attack on Dave Chappelle and the Oscars slap.
Honchos in the famous comedy venue at Sunset Blvd. TMZ has learned that they have not only put up a sign to support Dave, but they are also taking great measures to protect comics following what happened at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night.
Remember … an attacker jumped on stage and lunged at Dave, slamming him to the ground before running around the stage and eventually catching a beating. The man had a replica gun and a real knife attachment.
According to Laugh Factory, there are now more security guards inside and outside the venue. Plainclothed guards in the crowd are also included. They are responsible for preventing people from rushing the stage.
Somehow, Dave’s attacker got the gun/knife into the Hollywood Bowl and past metal detectors, and we’re told the Laugh Factory is now using a metal detector at the front door for the first time ever.
The Chappelle attack also prompted a staff meeting at the Laugh Factory … with leadership blaming the incident on the Will Smith slap at the Oscars, seeing it as some sort of copycat effect, combined with a lack of criminal charges for Will.
We’re told the venue was already planning to beef up security due to the Oscars incident, but Tuesday’s attack at the Hollywood Bowl put the plan into action immediately.
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