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"There are certain things I do now that I have
been doing since the age of 12. I am getting paid
to be myself. I am being real. I will go to host a
ministry function in a suit and tie but I will still
bring myself," he said.
His realness has earned him hundreds of fans
and followers and even the rare opportunity of
making one government minister do the Gangnam
Sunny, however, remains humble about his
popularity. "It is good to know that people want
to hear me in the morning. I don t know if I want
to hear me in the morning," he joked.
Despite this, his mission remains the same: to
bring entertainment to the most people possible
and to be one of the best MC s this country has
His definition of entertainment however goes
beyond the usual. While he wears the moniker of
"entertainer" Sunny insists, "Don t ask me to
sing! I provide entertainment of a different kind.
Entertainment is so much more, I think it is about
spreading the good word of living life and laughter.
My job is to keep things entertaining."
Joining the Slam family, he believes, would help
take his brand to the next level. "It is more about
joining the group, Guardian Media Limited. It is
a great opportunity to expand on what I am already
doing." The opportunity to be seen and increase
his reach appealed to Sunny who is ready to wel-
come this additional responsibility when it arises.
"I look at it like Ryan Seacrest. He produces
and hosts on radio and television. I think of T&T
as a little Hollywood," he explained.
Slam s station manager, Joel Morris said the
addition of Sunny to his on-air lineup fell in line
with the radio stations mission to be progressive.
"He (Sunny) is creative, popular and can add
to where we want to go and we at Slam think it
is a perfect fit."
Both supporters and critics of Dave Chappelle
flooded social media sites with comments Friday,
after he was heckled at a show in Connecticut and
refused to perform his set.
The comedian was the headliner Thursday night
at the Funny or Die Presents The Oddball Comedy
& Curiosity Festival, which is touring the country
and also features Flight of the Conchords and several
Fans said Chappelle came out and told a few jokes
but stopped because of the heckling. Video posted
online shows Chappelle over the next 25 or so minutes
sitting on a stool on stage responding to the hecklers,
joking about the situation and even reading the first
few sentences of an audience member s book.
He was booed as he walked off the stage of the
Comcast Theatre, and some fans demanded their
Chappelle has had trouble with hecklers in the
past, including in June when they interrupted his
show in Knoxville, Tennessee.
It s also not the first time he has stopped performing
his routine because of an unruly crowd. In Florida
in 2011, he stopped performing at a charity event---
checking his text messages and counting down the
minutes onstage. He told a radio interviewer that in
a performance in Oakland, California, he once lay
on the stage for ten minutes.
Chappelle on Thursday night blamed the hecklers
for ruining the Hartford show. He noted his contract
mandated that he be on stage for 25 minutes.
"I don t know what I m supposed to say for 25
minutes," he said.
Later on, he said he didn t blame himself
for the situation, which was described as
awkward by several fans.
"Hey man, I wanted to do a better show,
too," he said, apparently responding to a
person in the audience. "It wasn t my fault.
Quite noisy in here."
Chappelle called his experience a night-
mare and joked he was going back to tel-
evision, "where it s safe."
"I like some of you. I hate some of you,"
he said just before leaving the stage and
being booed. "I forgive some of you but I
don t forgive all of you. You guys have totally
ruined my chances for running for Congress
or something. ...Thank you. Good night."
One of those in the audience was Con-
necticut state Rep Matthew Lesser.
"He basically stopped his routine and
refused to go on and said he was contracted
for 25 minutes and said he was just going
to sit there," Lesser said. "He was berating
the audience and telling them they were a
lousy audience. I think it was kind of sad
There also were many people in the crowd
who yelled words of support to Chappelle.
Comments on Twitter and other sites
ranged from criticising the Hartford crowd
to bashing Chappelle for not being able to
handle the hecklers.
Chappelle has been making his most sub-
stantial return to stand-up comedy with
the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival
since famously walking away from his hit
Comedy Central series, "Chappelle s Show,"
and a US$50 milllion deal in 2005. He took
respite in South Africa for a time and largely
dropped off the comedy circuit.
The Oddball festival was set to move on
to Pittsburgh on Friday night. (AP)
Chappelle heckled at show, stops performance
Mission to entertain
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