This "SNL" Star Was Sent to the Hospital After a Shocking Unprovoked Attack
Chris Redd was punched outside of New York City comedy club before a planned set.
A former Saturday Night Live star was met with an unexpected and scary turn of events before he was set to perform a comedy show. On Wednesday night, Chris Redd was attacked, unprovoked, outside of a comedy club in New York City. The actor and comedian was sent to the hospital following the incident, while the assailant remains unknown. Read on to find out more about the shocking situation.
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Redd was attacked after exiting a car.
According to NBC News, Redd was scheduled to perform a standup set at the Comedy Cellar in New York's Greenwich Village neighborhood on the night of Wednesday, Oct. 26. When he exited a car in front of the venue around 9:30 p.m., he was punched by an unknown individual. According to authorities, the attack was completely unprovoked and the person didn't say anything to Redd before punching him.
Redd went to the hospital.
Following the attack, emergency services came to the scene and Redd was sent to the hospital. NBC New York reports that police said the comedian was treated for a cut on his face and was then released.
Fabrizio Cavallacci, who owns Caffe Reggio, which is next to the Comedy Cellar, told NBC New York, "Huge pool of blood. Huge. This poor guy was bleeding. The manager was trying to stop the bleeding."
The owner of the Comedy Cellar, Noam Dworman, told NBC New York, that those at the club are "deeply upset about what happened and we hope he's okay. We want him back as soon as possible."
The attacker is still at large.
The person who attacked Redd has not yet been identified, but, according to TMZ, surveillance video footage shows the alleged perpetrator. TMZ also reports that the person was wearing brass knuckles, and that Redd was left with two black eyes and a gash on his nose.
Best Life has reached out to reps for Redd for comment but has not yet received a response.
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Redd was part of the SNL cast for the past five years.
Redd was a Saturday Night Live cast member from 2017 until earlier this year when he announced he would not be returning for the new season that just premiered last month. For his work on the show he won an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the song "Come Back, Barack."
The 37-year-old has also appeared in the movies Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Joker and in the TV series Disjointed and Kenan. His comedy special, Chris Redd: Why Am I Like This?, premieres on HBO Max on Nov. 3.