Chris Redd Attacked Outside NYC Comedy Club

Chris Redd Attacked Outside NYC Comedy Club

Chris Redd, a former “Saturday Night Live” cast member, was hospitalised after being hit in the face outside a renowned New York City comedy club in what authorities described as an unprovoked attack.

According to the New York City Police Department, the attack occurred Wednesday evening just after 9:30 p.m. in front of the Comedy Cellar, where Redd was scheduled to perform that night, on the 100 block of MacDougal Street in Manhattan.

Redd, 37, was punched by an unidentified person as he was getting out of a car in front of the club, according to the police. The attacker struck the comic “without prior talk or provocation,” according to the authorities.

After striking the victim, the attacker ran away, and Redd was discovered by responding officers with a laceration to his face. The victim was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue by emergency personnel, where he received treatment and was later released.

NBC News has contacted the comedian’s agents for comment. In surveillance footage from a nearby restaurant that NBC New York was able to get, Redd can be seen seemingly heading in the club’s direction before being suddenly punched and knocked to the ground.

There was a “big pool of blood” on the ground, according to Fabrizio Cavallacci, the owner of Caffe Reggio, which sits just next to the comedy club and whose cameras caught the attack. “This guy was bleeding badly. According to him, the manager was attempting to staunch the blood.

Noam Dworman, the owner of Comedy Cellar, told NBC New York that the company is “very upset about what happened, and we hope he’s okay. He has to return as soon as feasible. He referred to Redd as a club family member. We hear about senseless, upsetting, and violent acts every day, according to Dworman.

Redd, a five-season cast member of “Saturday Night Live,” said in September that he would not be coming back for the upcoming 48th season. CHANGE (October 28, 2022, 2:25 p.m. ET): The name of the company next to a comedy club was misspelled in an earlier version of this article. Caffe Reggio, not Cafe Reggio, is the name.