Saturday Night Live Former Chris Redd shares details of the violent attack he suffered outside the Comedy Cellar venue in New York City late last month. Redd spoke about the ordeal during an appearance on The daily beastit is the last laugh podcast, revealing that the incident happened as he walked towards the doors of the room. While Redd says he’s “taken a punch in the face before”, he was alarmed at “the amount of blood” that “gushed” out of his face. Redd was eventually treated at Bellevue Hospital in New York for two broken noses and a broken cheek.
“This man hit me in the face with something metallic,” Redd revealed. “I thought it was brass knuckles because of how it cut my nose to the bone.”
“One fist doesn’t normally do all of that at once,” Redd continued. “So it was safe to assume that I had been hit by something… But the guy just hit me and ran away. I fell so fast. I didn’t even know I had fallen until as I watch the [surveillance] pictures.”
Redd was unable to find the man who carried out the attack, saying “it wasn’t really about the pain at the time, it was just so much blood. [It wasn’t a good idea to] to chase him down the street with blood spurting out of my face.” He also revealed that if he could, he would have gone on with his already scheduled show at the Comedy Cellar.
“If we could have stopped the bleeding, I would have walked on stage,” Redd revealed. “I was like, I can’t wait to talk about this shit. And I’m glad I waited, but that was my first thought.”
When did Chris Redd leave Saturday Night Live?
Redd was one of a total of eight cast members to come out Saturday Night Live ahead of its 48th season premiere, a decision that was publicly announced last fall. Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney, Alex Moffat, Melissa Villaseñor, and Aristotle Athari also came out ahead of the new season.
“To be part of SNL was the experience of a lifetime,” Redd said in a statement. “Five years ago, I walked into 30 Rock knowing it was an incredible opportunity for growth. Now, with friends who have become my family and memories that I will cherish forever, I am grateful to Lorne Michaels and all of SNL organization. From the bottom of my heart, I can’t thank you all enough.”
Redd first signed as a star player on Saturday Night Live in 2017 and was promoted to the main cast in 2019. He won an Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics in 2018 for his work on the show, on the song “Come Back Barack”. His filmography also includes Kenan and Bust down.
Redd also has a comedy special, titled Chris Redd: Why am I like this?which will debut on HBO Max this month.