American comedian Dave Chapel was attacked on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles by an attacker who knocked him to the ground before he was detained and arrested.
The New York Times reported that the 48-year-old Chappel left the scene after the attack but returned to end the asset, and seemed to remain intact.
Agent and public relations representative Chappelle did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It was not immediately clear what caused the attack.
A Los Angeles police officer has identified the suspect as 23-year-old Isaiah Lee, who was in jail on $ 30,000 bail after being charged with assault using a deadly weapon.
The official said Lee had a copy of the pistol with the blade of a knife when he attacked Chapelle.
A video posted on Twitter, verified by Reuters, shows the attacker running onto the stage and throwing his upper body at Chapelle, slapping his shoulder against the comedian’s ribs and chest.
After the first contact the striker and Chapelle took a few steps before both fell to the floor, the video shows.
The attacker then got up and ran across the stage, dodging a swarm of people for a few seconds before being confronted.
Chapelle performed on stage with other comedians as part of an 11-day comedy festival called Netflix is a Joke.
The attack came just over a month after actor Will Smith hit comedian Chris Rock on the stage of the Oscars – an unprecedented incident at a global television event that raised fears that performers might face attacks from imitators.
Afterwards, Smith, who won the award for best male role, was disqualified from attending the Oscars for 10 years. After the incident, the actor made statements of apology to Rocco, Oscar producers, nominees and viewers.
According to ABC News, Rock, who spoke at the event earlier in the evening, joined Chapelle on stage a few minutes after the attack and joked, “Was it Will Smith?”.
Brianna Sachs, a BuzzFeed News journalist who attended the event, said the quarrel occurred when Chapelle finished her speech.
Chapel’s Netflix special comedy The Closer was criticized last year by some who saw it as a mockery of transgender people. Fans of the comedian saw it as a cry against the “abolition of culture.”
A Hollywood Bowl spokesman said the incident was being investigated, declining to comment further.