Dave Chappelle stormed off a Connecticut stage Thursday night after deciding he was tired of listening to hecklers.

I understand. Sometimes my co-workers stand over me and heckle as I write.

According to TMZ, Chappelle had been on stage for a few minutes when he became frustrated with comments from the crowd.

This is where I think about that scene from "The Nutty Professor," When Eddie Murphy -- in perhaps the last funny scene he ever made -- ripped Chappelle's character from the audience.

Anyway, TMZ says Chappelle stopped his routine and lectured the crowd about heckling, which was probably not the best idea. Then he quietly sat on a stool for the next 25 minutes before finally leaving the stage.

At one point, Chappelle said "I (expletive) up when I left my show, you know why? 'Cause my show only had to be 22 minutes of television. I could've went on television, I could've read the phone book for 22 minutes and I would've got $50 million dollars. I shoulda done that (expletive), but my ego wouldn't let me. Tonight is different. Tonight my contract says 25 minutes and I have 3 minutes left. and when my 3 minutes is up, my (expletive) is gone."

When people started to boo, Chappelle said "You're booing yourself."

That's pretty deep. It makes no sense, but it's deep.

After the show, dozens of fans wanted refunds.


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This, of course, was not the first time Chappelle has acted bizarre in public. He reportedly lay down on stage for 10 minutes during a 2010 Oakland show. He stopped his show in Miami in 2011 to check text messages, and in 2010, he "freaked out" on a plane from New Jersey to Ohio

Chappelle, who's trying to mount a career comeback, is scheduled to perform Sept. 20 at Shoreline Amphitheatre, as part of the Funny or Die Presents the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival.

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