Dave Chappelle came out smoking at Radio City Wednesday night.
The comedian who seemed to have gone into witness protection for much of the past decade returned with his irreverent and often raunchy sense of humor fully intact.
His nicotine habit was also intact, as he smoked three of his own during the show plus a Newport he bummed from a patron.
The no-smoking rule still applied to the audience.
Chappelle wove together his familiar canvas of jokes, from topical commentary on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling (“He sure f----- up”) to more timeless ruminations on families and parenthood.
In fact, large chunks of his riffs on raising kids and navigating marriage ended up at the same place as a lot of Bill Cosby routines — if Cosby had suddenly developed Tourette’s and begun chain-cursing.
After 10 years of marriage, Chappelle mused, “You don’t talk. You have nothing left to say.”
Later in the show, which ran about two hours, Chappelle addressed his whereabouts over the years since he abruptly quit his hit TV show on Comedy Central.