Comedian Dave Chappelle, the star of the popular early 2000s comedy show "Chappelle’s Show," received a warning from the Toronto Public Health Department for his on-stage behavior during a three-night run at the city’s Winter Garden Theatre, reports the Toronto Star.
During a 75-minute show Monday night, Chappelle reportedly smoked five cigarettes — in violation of a city ordinance. But it was a visit to Mayor Rob Ford’s office to ask for permission to smoke that alerted health department officials about the smoking, the story adds. The mayor’s aides disclosed the visit on Twitter.
A public health official then contacted the theater to remind the establishment of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, which requires that all performers must be in compliance, the story says. The city’s health department also warned the comedian that he could be fined if he continues to smoke on stage.