US comedian Dave Chappelle has been attacked during an event at the Hollywood Bowl theatre in Los Angeles.

The 48-year-old comedian was performing at the venue on Tuesday night as part of the Netflix Is A Joke festival when a man rushed on to the stage, according to US media.

Actor Jamie Foxx joined Chappelle and helped apprehend the alleged attacker before the performance continued, reports said.

A video posted on social media appeared to show a man with a badly injured arm being put in an ambulance.

A spokeswoman for the Hollywood Bowl said an investigation has been launched after the attack at the Los Angeles venue.

"The incident that occurred at the Hollywood Bowl on May 3 2022 is an active investigation and we are unable to comment further at this time," she added.

Jimmy Carr shared a selfie taken with fellow comedian Chappelle and described the show as "crazy" after the incident.

He tweeted: "The Hollywood Bowl show with the legendary Dave Chappelle was crazy. Just happy everyone's ok."

Los Angeles-based journalist Sharon Carpenter, who attended Dave Chappelle's show at the Hollywood Bowl, said an attacker "lunged" at the comedian as he closed the evening, sending him "flying in the air".

She said: "It looked like someone was dashing across the stage from the side. It was a little hard to see because people were standing up at that point and leaving. But it looked like someone dashed from the side of the stage, lunged at Dave, and all I saw was Dave basically flying in the air.

"He fell backwards on to his back, with his arms and legs up in the air. He was obviously in shock. We were all in shock. And I thought for a moment 'OK, is this a prank?’ because they had made some Will Smith jokes. Even though Chris Rock was there, Dave was making some jokes, it was fair game, right? He was making some jokes about the situation."

Carpenter said security officers and members of Chappelle’s entourage had then rushed on to the stage.

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Video captured by an eyewitness show security staff detaining the man outside the venue

She added: "He just tried to keep the show going and was making jokes about the situation, but he was also pissed off about it as well."

Chappelle has previously faced a backlash over comments about transgender people in his Netflix comedy special, The Closer.

The comedian said "gender is a fact" and shared his backing for JK Rowling, who has also attracted criticism for her remarks about the concept of biological sex.

Netflix employees were said to have reacted with anger to his comments and reportedly organised a walkout over the streaming giant's decision to air the special.

The incident follows Will Smith slapping Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars over a joke the comic made about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

It prompted members of the comedy community, including Jack Whitehall and Kathy Griffin, to voice their fears that performers are no longer safe on stage.

Source: Press Association