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The 37-year-old comedian and actor was punched by an unknown assailant outside the Comedy Cellar after arriving at the venue, an NYPD spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
A preliminary investigation determined that the assault took place after Redd exited a vehicle in front of the club. That’s when the performer was approached by an unidentified individual “without prior conversation or provocation,” according to the NYPD spokesperson, and punched in the face. The individual fled the location and Redd was left with a laceration to his face.
After EMS arrived on the scene, Redd was taken to an area hospital where he was treated and then released.
Comedy Cellar owner Noam Dworman told NBC New York the club is “deeply upset about” what happened to the comedian. “Day to day we’re hearing of stories that are senseless, disturbing and violent incidents,” Dworman said.
He also shared hopes that Redd is doing OK. “We want him back as soon as possible,” he added.
Redd was scheduled to perform at the Comedy Cellar as part of a series of evening shows, including Thursday, Oct. 27, but Dworman told NBC New York Redd was still recovering.
The former SNL castmember was also scheduled for an Oct. 30 show at City Winery, but that date has since been removed from his own tour calendar and, separately, the venue’s website. Redd’s next show is scheduled for Nov. 11 in Tacoma, Washington.
THR reached out to reps for Redd and the Comedy Cellar.
Earlier this fall, Redd announced his departure from Saturday Night Live ahead of the premiere of its 48th season.
He was among eight castmembers to leave in one of the biggest cast turnovers in the show’s history. Also exiting prior to the current season were Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney, Alex Moffat, Melissa Villaseñor and featured player Aristotle Athari.
Redd first joined the show during the 2017-18 season as a featured player before being promoted to the main cast in 2019. During his time on the show, his work on the song “Come Back Barack” earned him an Emmy for outstanding music and lyrics in 2018. He shared that honor with fellow lyricists Kenan Thompson and Will Stephen, as well as composer Eli Brueggemann.
Outside of SNL, Redd appeared in the NBC series Kenan and the Peacock series Bust Down. His new HBO Max comedy special, Chris Redd: Why Am I Like This?, is set to debut Nov. 3.
Oct. 30, 9:30 a.m. Updated with City Winery show cancellation and a statement from Comedy Cellar owner Noam Dworman.
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