Chappelle in April 2016
||David Khari Webber Chappelle
August 24, 1973 |
Washington, D.C., U.S.
||Stand-up, television, film
recreational drug use,
David Khari Webber Chappelle (/; born August 24, 1973) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer. After beginning his film career in 1993 as Ahchoo in
Robin Hood: Men in Tights, he landed supporting roles in box office hits including
The Nutty Professor,
You've Got Mail,
Blue Streak and
Undercover Brother. His first lead role was in the 1998 comedy film
Half Baked, which he co-wrote with
Neal Brennan. Chappelle also starred in the
ABC TV series
In 2003, Chappelle became more widely known for his
sketch comedy television series,
Chappelle's Show, also co-written with Brennan, which ran until his retirement from the show two years later. The show continues to run in late-night syndication and on television networks around the world. After leaving the show, Chappelle returned to performing stand-up comedy across the U.S.
By 2006, Chappelle was called the "comic genius of America" by
 and, in 2013, "the best" by a
 In 2017,
Rolling Stone ranked him No. 9 in their "50 Best Stand Up Comics of All Time."
 Chappelle was awarded an
Emmy Award for his guest appearance on
Saturday Night Live In 2017.
 He received a
Grammy Award for his
Netflix specials The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas.
 His comedy focuses on American racism towards Blacks and Whites, relationship problems, social problems, politics, current breaking news, and pop culture. He signed a "20 million per release" comedy special deal with Netflix in 2016. He currently has four Netflix specials.