Chappelle OK after stay in S.F. hospital

Comedian Dave Chappelle checked into a San Francisco emergency room after a set at the Punch Line on Saturday night, according to a report on E! Online.

Chappelle’s publicist, Carla Sims, had previously confirmed that the 33-year-old comedian was hospitalized over the weekend for exhaustion, but she had declined to specify where the former Comedy Central star had been treated.

“It was exhaustion; he had been traveling,” she said. “He's fine.”

Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada told E! Online that Chappelle had not drunk enough water during his show at the Punch Line and was probably dehydrated.

Chappelle walked away from a $50 million deal to continue his Comedy Central show in May 2005 and briefly took a respite in South Africa. He has said reports that he checked into a mental health center in that country are false.

He has since returned to the standup circuit. In April, he broke the endurance record at the Laugh Factory comedy club in Los Angeles by delivering a more than six-hour-long standup routine.

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