Published 8:36 AM EDT Jun 21, 2020
Comedian DL Hughley announced he tested positive for COVID-19 after collapsing onstage during a performance in Nashville, Tennessee.
The stand-up comedian, 57, lost consciousness while performing at the Zanies comedy nightclub on Friday night and was hospitalized. Fans caught the 57-year-old’s fall on video and posted it to social media.
On Saturday, Hughley posted a video on Twitter in which he said he was treated for exhaustion and dehydration afterward.
“I also tested positive for COVID-19, which blew me away,” he says in the video. “I was what they call asymptomatic. I didn’t have any symptoms, the classic symptoms.”
Hughley plans to quarantine in his Nashville hotel room for 14 days. The remaining two nights of his four-night engagement at Zanies were canceled, according to the club’s online calendar.
Hughley was scheduled to perform two shows per day at Nashville’s Zanies Comedy Night Club through Sunday, according to the club’s website. Hughley had been performing Zanies since Thursday, the website says. At the time, Zanies did not elaborate on why Hughley’s shows were canceled.
“Our friend D.L. Hughley had a medical emergency while performing on Friday and was hospitalized overnight. According to his publicist, he was suffering from exhaustion after working & traveling this week,” the club posted on Facebook. “Love ya, D.L. and we’ll look forward to seeing this King of Comedy back in Nashville soon!”
On Saturday, Hughley’s rep, Yvette Shearer, told USA TODAY he was feeling better after collapsing.
“DL collapsed on stage last night during his second show in Nashville,” Shearer said in a email. “He was suffering from exhaustion after all the week’s work and travel.”
Shearer added that Hughley was kept at the hospital overnight to undergo tests under doctor’s orders but was in better shape by Saturday afternoon.
“He is awake and feeling better, and wishes to thank everyone for the very kind prayers and thoughts,” Shearer said.
Hughley said he still hasn’t exhibited any of the typical symptoms associated with the coronavirus, including shortness of breath and fever.
“So, in addition to all the other stuff you have to look out for,” Hughley advises in the video, if you “pass out in the middle of a show, onstage, you probably need to get tested.”
Hughley is well-recognized as a stand-up comedian and is also regular on the television talk-show circuit.
In addition to stand-up comedy, Hughley is also an actor, author and radio and television host. He starred in Spike Lee’s 2000 concert film, “The Original Kings of Comedy,” alongside Steve Harvey, Bernie Mac and Cedric the Entertainer.
Hughley also produced and starred in “The Hughleys,” which aired on ABC and UPN from 1998 to 2002 and hosted a CNN talk show. He currently hosts the radio show “The D.L. Hughley Show,” which is syndicated in dozens of markets.
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“Thank you for your prayers and your well wishes — and a few more of them wouldn’t hurt,” Hughley says in the video.
Contributing: Andy Humbles, Nashville Tennessean and the Associated Press
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