Up until Friday night, Zanies Comedy Club in Nashville was open for business as usual, no masks required but with the two-drink minimum firmly in place. Comedian D.L. Hughley performed there on Thursday and Friday and he killed! Just how many people he killed is yet to be determined. D.L. passed out on stage during his set and was rushed to the hospital where he tested positive for COVID-19. The club is now closed for a “comprehensive cleaning process conducted by a specialist” and patrons who attend either show are encouraged to contact Metro Health if they “feel some risk of exposure,” which is actually a pretty good punchline if you’re into gallows humor.
Comedy clubs are hell under the best of circumstances, and those hot seats in the front row are the 9th circle. According to TMZ, the devil played an extra nasty trick on the folks sitting front row at Zanies on Friday by exposing them to coronavirus and smiting D.L. right in the middle of setting up a joke about quarantine and Mexican immigrants. Way to leave ‘em hanging, Satan! Here’s how it went down. Well, how D.L. went down.
Looks very scary but thankfully D.L. is fine now. According to WKRG5, D.L. says he was taken to the hospital and treated for “extreme exhaustion and dehydration.” And in a video he posted on Twitter, he says his COVID-19 diagnosis came as a complete surprise, despite the fact that he’s been working and traveling all week. In comedy clubs. Where no one seems to be wearing masks. Big surprise, huge!
The stand-up comedian, 57, lost consciousness while performing at the Zanies comedy nightclub on Friday night and was hospitalized, news outlets reported. On Saturday, Hughley posted a video on Twitter in which he said he was treated for exhaustion and dehydration afterward.
“I also tested positive for COVID-19, which blew me away,” he says in the video. “I was what they call asymptomatic. I didn’t have any symptoms, the classic symptoms.”
Hughley plans to quarantine in his Nashville hotel room for 14 days. The remaining two nights of his four-night engagement at Zanies were canceled, according to the club’s online calendar.
I don’t know why D.L. didn’t just slap the shit out of the coronavirus before it got a chance to fuck with him like he suggested Terry Crews should have done when his personal space was invaded by a foreign body. Here’s D.L.’s update.
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) June 21, 2020
I just hope Zanies can get that place cleaned up so they can do it all again when Rob Schneider headlines starting this Thursday. If Americans aren’t willing to risk their lives to see Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo in person, then terrorist germs have already won.