‘SNL’ alum Chris Redd attacked outside comedy club in New York City in 2017.
In a tweet on Sunday, Redd announced on social media that he planned to give $2,500 to charity, and offered free drinks to the comedians he attacked if they came to his dressing room afterward.
“I will make it my mission to stand with our community, and in fact I will stand with our community,” he wrote. “If anyone wants a free drink to get back at me on my way out, you are all welcome. It’s a great way to ‘pay it forward.’ And I’m here. Any comedian out there. Any comedian in New York City tonight with a message to send, please go to Chris’ dressing room, open our door and then come out with your message to save our city.”
Redd did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On social media, which is notorious for the frequency with which stars offer praise for one-time targets or simply ignore them, the tweets received only a few negative-sounding responses, most of which were angry in tone.
The comedian and actor, who is best known for his appearances on “Saturday Night Live,” was condemned across social media in 2017 for his actions in the bar where comedian James Adomian was attacked by a group of gay men, including Christopher Guest and Jason Mantzoukas during a show, and then left bleeding on the floor.
“You have been attacked by a group of white men,” Adomian tweeted at Redd during their altercation. “I have been attacked by a group of white men. Who, if you are a good man, do not attack fellow good people of color when they are simply doing their job. Because that is not a good look.”
In addition to attacking Adomian’s appearance, and the fact that he was Asian, Redd also called “them” (referring to Adomian), “punks.”