Elon Musk received less than a warm welcome when he made a surprise appearance at Dave Chapelle’s Sunday night show in San Francisco, home of the Twitter headquarters.

“A few stunned cheers quickly morphed into whistles and jeers before congealing into a sustained howl of disapproval,” attendee Josh Koehn wrote.

A video of the incident shows Chapelle introducing him as “the richest man in the world,” to which the crowd responded by booing for several minutes.


The multibillionaire has been criticized recently for how he’s handled the operations at Twitter since he bought the company for $44 billion. Since his takeover, he’s laid off around half the company’s staff and is facing lawsuits over alleged labor rights violations.

Chapelle, in classic comedian fashion, had no shortage of commentary amid the boos. 

“It sounds like some of the people you fired are in the audience,” he joked. “You hear that sound, Elon? That’s the sound of pending civil unrest.”

Musk didn’t have much to say during the crowd’s negative response. In the video, he can be seen laughing and grinning awkwardly and thrusting his fists into the air as if relishing in the jeers. 

After telling the booers that they “have terrible seats,” (the worst of which can go for several hundred dollars at a Chapelle show) the comedian ended the show by concluding, “I wish everyone in this auditorium peace and the joy of feeling free. And your pursuit of happiness. Amen.”

Many have taken to social media to laugh at the incident.

Others have criticized Chapelle for bringing on the polarizing figure at all.

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