Dave Chappelle

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Dave Chappelle can go for hours cracking jokes. So consider this a rare—and we're talking really rare—off night.

The comedian offered up a mea culpa to the Seminole Indians for not bringing the funny during what he called a "wild night" performing his stand-up act last Friday during a charity event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Miami.

So what'd he have to say?

"It's not like a mean person, I might not act on it, but I felt myself being mean," Chappelle said during an appearance the next day, a video of which was posted on TMZ. "I'd like to apologize to the Seminole Indians. Big shout-out to the Seminoles."

The funnyman earned big boos for a routine that was almost bereft of jokes and that saw him actually stop midway to check his text messages, a career low documented via a series of Tweets by CNN journalist Roland Martin, who happened to be in the audience.

Chappelle then went on to explain this isn't the first time he's bombed onstage that badly, recalling how he pretty much did the same during the MTV Video Music Awards in 2004.

"I was kind of a pariah at the VMAs," he quipped. "Nobody really wanted to be around me because I snapped on the other celebrities."

For its part, a spokesperson the Seminole Indian Tribe said in a statement that "the Tribe appreciates and accepts his apology and welcomes him back anytime."

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