Ever since he mysteriously decided that he didn't want $50 million of Comedy Central's money, Dave Chappelle has become a sort of comedy enigma – so when Dave Chappelle goes to hospital, it's kind of a big deal.
And Dave Chappelle did go to hospital this weekend, to be treated for a mixture of exhaustion and dehydration. Now, nobody is sure whether Dave Chappelle was treated for dehydration and exhaustion or 'dehydration' and 'exhaustion' but the good news is that Chappelle is already better and out of hospital. We're sure you'll all join us in wishing Dave Chappelle a long, continued recovery – because God knows that starring in that one film two years ago that was more about The Roots than about him must have really tuckered the blighter out.
Hecklerspray knows all about exhaustion. There was this one time when we played Vice City for about five hours straight and afterwards we were all like "whew," so we know exactly how these bigshot celebrities must feel when they get exhausted. That's if the exhaustion's genuine like Issac Hayes' seemed to be, of course, and not just an excuse for being drunk and lonely like Lily Allen or addicted to cocaine like Moonboy from Keane or being in a crap film like Colin Farrell or just being an idiot like Lindsay Lohan.
But, according to E! Online, when Dave Chappelle was hospitalised for exhaustion this weekend, it actually was exhaustion he was suffering from, along with dehydration from literally funnying himself dry:
The Comedy Central-eschewing funnyman made a trip to a San Francisco emergency room, where he was treated for exhaustion and dehydration, a friend of Chappelle's told E! Online. "He stayed up and did a show [at the Punch Line Comedy Club]…and at the time he did it, he did not get enough water to drink and had a little bit of dehydration," Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada said. "I spoke to him and he's okay… He's so thin, and he gets so creative he forgets to eat and drink. I love Dave. I've known him since he was 15 years old. His biggest problem is he gets in a creative mode and forgets to eat. He's on the stage for six or seven hours. Everybody would have a bottle of water and he'll have nothing."
As stupid as it is to tell jokes for seven hours without pausing, at least it's a semi-decent excuse for Dave Chappelle's hospitalisation. Ever since Dave Chappelle backed out of a Comedy Central contract worth $50 million in 2005 by going AWOL in the middle of production – with various reports that he'd gone to rehab or a psychiatric hospital or Africa – leaving a handful of mostly funny fragments for broadcast, any unusual behaviour like his exhaustion has been treated with a large helping of suspicion.
So thank goodness that Dave Chappelle's exhaustion appears to be genuine, because every fake hospitalisation for exhaustion will only take him one step closer to actually becoming Lindsay Lohan. And Dave's got enough on his mind without worrying about William H Macy kicking his ass or all the naked photos of himself that are about to be splashed across the internet.