At Pakwan, Where Dave Chappelle Lectures Me on Paparazzi Etiquette

Dave Chappelle caught me slyly trying to take a picture of him while we were each eating dinner at Pakwan.  He came over to the table and asked to see it.  Unimpressed by my photographic aptitude, he then asked me to delete it.

As I complied with his request and stammered an apology, a single grain of rice flew from my mouth and landed on the shoulder of his black sweater.  I wasn’t sure if he saw it or not, but I couldn’t take the risk, so I reached up and attempted to brush it off.  Naturally, that darn stubborn kernel wasn’t going anywhere.

Chappelle noticed and said, “I don’t even mind that you just spit a piece of rice on me.  Happens all the time.”  He pointed out that I didn’t really need to delete the photos since he was in a public space after all, but it was cool I did and that I should come outside for a real picture after he finished his cigarette.

When I walked out, I didn’t see him anywhere and figured I’d been duped by a master.  But then Mr. Chappelle emerged from a shiny black Escalade and said, “I wasn’t gonna flake on you.”  As my buddy snapped a photo of us, the beleaguered superstar muttered, “People are terrible.  There, I said it.”

Sorry for ruining your dinner Dave!  We all love you here in the Mission!  Please come back soon!

[Chappelle on 16th by jacobchills]


Author: Andrew Sarkarati

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23 thoughts on “At Pakwan, Where Dave Chappelle Lectures Me on Paparazzi Etiquette”

  1. Damn you crackers think all of us look the same! That was me at Pakwan. Just because I’m skinny and let you spit rice on me doesn’t make me your “comedian.” Dear blacks: don’t go to the Mission if you look remotely like a famous person.

  2. Chapelle was a total dick to me 3 years ago. He was walking to lunch with his family on Filmore Street. Thai Stick – which is a shit hole, frankly. No pictures, no screaming “I’m Rick James, bitch!”. I just waved at him. He gave me a look like I’d just pulled my pants down and showed him my herpes encrusted penis. Geez, Chapelle! I watched you in Men in Tights. At least ignore me civilly. Hope you enjoyed your 2 1/2 stars on Yelp meal, mother fucker.

      1. I think you should be civil with fans who understatedly acknowledge you. Especially ones who say Half Baked twice and still like you after the third season of your show bombed and you become a post nervous break down muslim. Not that I have anymore against islam than anything else. I just think if a mature adult is going to change his faith he should change it to nothing, not a different fantasy story.

      2. to be fair the 3rd season was forced by com cent and Dave was not involved. remember he left during shooting.

        also Dave has asked that the lost episodes not be supported

    1. Or maybe it was because he was with his family. He is very protective of them and their privacy. When he’s lamping solo he’s more likely to be open to randoms.

      1. The family was in the restaurant already, he was at the door about to go in. I’ve heard him complain about people who scream the obscenities from his show at him in front of his boys, but there was certainly none of that.

  3. A friend of friend once said he was downtown buying a hotdog from a street vendor, and when he came up a dollar short, a crisp one appeared immediately from behind, from the hand of a smiling Dave Chapelle.

  4. Chapelle has been kicking around SF for years — lot of family here or something? I’m not sure but someone that I used to know that worked at a store in the Upper Haight was friendly with him, knew his name, etc.. I think that he tends to stick around the Haight/Filmore mostly and I think he goes to the skate store, FTC, on Haight quite a bit.

    1. Dave just really likes playing the bay area, because he likes the audiences (and the money). Also of note, is that Talib Kweli shot a video in Oakland on Saturday – and of course as mentioned Mos was in town too.

      And all three of dudes are tight so i wouldn’t be surprised if someone saw all of them together.

      1. Yes, they were all together.

        They (Dave Chappelle + Black Star [Mos Def & Talib Kweli] did two shows in Oakland on Friday night.

        It was amazing.

  5. i’ve seen chapelle at pakwan a couple of times. once with his whole family, and once on his own. i guess he really likes it there. i don’t know, i think there is better indian in the hood, maybe someone should give him a heads up about udupi. :)

    1. Pakwan is Pakistani/Northern Indian and Udupi Palace is Southern Indian. They are both totally awesome at what they do, they just do two entirely different kinds of cooking.

      1. I think Lahore is the best Pakistani place in SF, but Pakwan is a very close second. And it’s in a slightly better area and is a little easier to get to.

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