“Man, he just texted me and I saw the text yesterday and I never texted him back because I was just busy. It happens.”
Shortly after the Full House star passed away unexpectedly at age 65, Chappelle was recorded performing at the Peppermint Club in West Hollywood.
In video obtained by TMZ, the 48-year-old funnyman tells the crowd that because he started comedy at a young age decades ago, many of his peers are older and “dying like hot cakes.”
“But I didn’t see [the death of] Bob coming,” Chappelle said. “Man, he just texted me and I saw the text yesterday and I never texted him back because I was just busy. It happens.”
“I’m just saying this to remind you that these moments are precious,” he added. “When I come out at night, I’m not just hanging out. I’m making memories. Shit, when I go out at night, I’m making history.”
Chappelle went on to once again address jokes from his last controversial stand-up special, The Closer, which some critics labeled as transphobic.
“The new me is not going to do any of those transphobic bigoted jokes,” Chappelle told the crowd in a tongue-in-cheek tone.
“I’m gonna tell you something else, I am not in battle with the transgender community that’s ridiculous. I do not blame the Ls, the Gs, The Bs or the Ts … blame the Jews!”