NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Comedian D.L. 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, news outlets reported. On Saturday, Hughley posted a video on Twitter in which he said he was treated for exhaustion and dehydration afterward.
â€œI 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.â€
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.
â€œOur 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,â€ the club posted on Facebook. â€œLove ya, D.L. and we’ll look forward to seeing this King of Comedy back in Nashville soon!â€
Hughley said he still hasn’t exhibited any of the typical symptoms associated with the coronavirus, including shortness of breath and fever.
â€œSo, 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.â€
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, â€œThe Original Kings of Comedy,â€ alongside Steve Harvey, Bernie Mac and Cedric the Entertainer.
Hughley also produced and starred in â€œThe Hughleys,” which aired on ABC and UPN from 1998 to 2002 and hosted a CNN talk show. He currently hosts the radio show â€œThe D.L. Hughley Show,” which is syndicated in dozens of markets.
â€œThank you for your prayers and your well wishes – and a few more of them wouldn’t hurt,â€ Hughley says in the video.