What the heck happened to Chris Redd on Thursday night... is something that the comedian is probably wondering for himself. According to ABC 7, the comedian and former "SNL" castmember was struck by an unknown assailant before heading into a performance in Manhattan, New York City. And now we really hope he's okay.
According to ABC 7, Redd was scheduled to perform at the Comedy Cellar in the Greenwich Village , but something truly bizarre happened before he even got into the building.
NBC News reports the 37-year-old exited a car when the unknown assailant came up to him and punched him in the face. Authorities said the man punched Redd "without prior conversation or provocation.”
ABC 7 reports that the man looked like a security guard, but this has yet to be confirmed. He is believed to have been wearing a blue "Security" jacket, black pants, black, grey, and white sneakers, and a bucket hat.
The incident happened at around 9:30 pm on the 100 block of MacDougal Street, states NBC News. The assailant then fled after striking Redd. The comedian was found by responding officers with lacerations on his face. ABC 7 reports Redd was bleeding heavily from his nose.
There was a "huge pool of blood” on the ground, said Fabrizio Cavallacci, owner of Cafe Reggio which is next door to the comedy club, to NBC News.
“This poor guy was bleeding. The manager was trying to stop the bleeding,” he recalled.
Emergency Services were called and brought Redd to NYC Health+Hospitals/Bellevue where the comedian was treated and later released.
Comedy Cellar Owner Noam Dworman condemned the incident, saying "Day to day we’re hearing of stories that are senseless, disturbing and violent incidents."
He added that Redd is like a member of the family and told NBC News that they are hoping Redd makes a speedy recovery.
“[We're] deeply upset about what happened and we hope he’s okay. We want him back as soon as possible,” he said.