While in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday (Apr. 22), Dave Chappelle switched up his show for a four-hour dedication to the “Purple Rain” singer, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Chappelle’s band lifted up Prince’s memory by playing a few of his hit melodies while the comedian/actor shared a few thoughts on the 57-year-old’s death, including that he learned about his passing when the media asked him for a comment.
“This is black 9/11. It’s so much better that we grieve together,” Chappelle said. According to the Huffington Post, the 42-year-old planned to cancel his appearance at the Bay Area’s Chapel, but his band thought it would be in his best interest to stick to the schedule because “Prince would definitely not condone that.”
A few people became aware of Chappelle and Prince’s relationship during the former’s sketch show on Comedy Central. One 2004 skit in particular fell under “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” where Murphy described that one time he played Prince in basketball and was offered pancakes after losing a one-on-one match.
Chappelle recently shared a statement with WCCO CBS Minnesota on the sudden news, referring to Prince as a “musical giant,” and that his legacy boasts “an immense offering of music, love and laughter.”
“As a city, they exported a musical giant. It says a lot about them that at the height of his fame he chose to stay in Minneapolis. His admirers are a community that spans the globe. His legacy is an immense offering of music, love and laughter. And a fight for fairness to artist. Nothing of this world will begin to fill the void of his absence except his memory. Scientifically a memory is almost neurologically identical to an experience. So remember your loved ones often. Forget their faults and remember the best of what they made you feel. In that way … all of us are immortal gifts to one another that keeps on giving.”