Will Smith Makes Stand-Up Debut at Dave Chapelle's All-Star Surprise Comedy Show

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Will Smith attends a screening of "Concussion" at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 3, 2016 in Palm Springs, Calif.

Hosting a start-studded surprise comedy show on Wednesday (Sept. 19), Dave Chapelle teamed up with comedians and celebrities alike at the Peppermint Club in Los Angeles for a long night of belly laughs, as Variety reports

Will Smith made his stand-up comedy debut, as he noted on Instagram, and proved once again he can do pretty much anything -- saving the world multiple times included. Explaining to the audience that his 50th birthday was coming up and doing stand-up was on his ultimate "bucket list," the Man In Black actor reportedly introduced his upcoming project The Bucket List, where he will be stepping out of his comfort zone with experiences such as bungie jumping from a helicopter over the Grand Canyon. 

In signature Smith fashion, the actor proceeded to joke about life at home with his multi-talented family.  “I kind of lost control of my house,” Smith reportedly told the crowd, as he noted that his wife’s Red Table Talk show on Facebook Watch has turned the garage into a control booth. Amusingly enough, Smith also apparently noted that his ex-wife Sheree Zampino was Jada's first pick as a special guest for the show's pilot. 

“Meanwhile, Jaden had a song that was taking off [“Icon”] but wouldn’t let his dad be featured on the track," Smith reportedly shared. "He looked at me like I was the second-best rapper in the house!” 

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star also apparently joked about joining social media very late in the game and took the time to appreciate wife Jada Pinkett and daughter Willow sitting in the audience. Finishing up with a rap for the night’s grand finale, Smith's performance was reportedly praised by host Chappelle who later declared, “There’s a new sheriff in town!”

Other notable presences were John Mayer -- who reportedly mused on pornography and his own sex life, but mostly served as a musical guide --  LeBron James, Jon Stewart, Michelle Wolf, Katt Williams and Michael Che.


I did Stand Up last night... FIRST TIME EVER! I opened for Dave Chappelle. I AM HOOKED.

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