Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle in April 2016
Chappelle in April 2016
Birth nameDavid Khari Webber Chappelle
Born(1973-08-24) August 24, 1973 (age 44)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, film
Years active1982–present
GenresObservational comedy, surreal humor, sketch comedy, black comedy, blue comedy, satire
Subject(s)American politics, African-American culture, pop culture, racism, race relations, recreational drug use, human sexuality, morality
SpouseElaine Erfe
(m. 2001)
Children3
SignatureDave Chapelle Signature.svg

David Khari Webber Chappelle (l/; born August 24, 1973) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer. After beginning his film career in 1993 as Ahchoo in Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights, he landed supporting roles in box office hits including The Nutty Professor, Con Air, 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 Buddies. His comedy focuses on racism, relationship problems, social problems, politics, current events, and pop culture.

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. After leaving the show, Chappelle returned to performing stand-up comedy across the U.S.[1]

In 2016 he signed a 20 million dollar per release comedy special deal with Netflix, which has released four of his specials.[2]

By 2006, Chappelle was called the "comic genius of America" by Esquire[3] and, in 2013, "the best" by a Billboard writer.[4] In 2017, Rolling Stone ranked him No. 9 in their "50 Best Stand Up Comics of All Time."[5] Chappelle was awarded an Emmy Award for his guest appearance on Saturday Night Live In 2017.[6] He received a Grammy Award for his Netflix specials The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas.[7]

Early life

David Khari Webber Chappelle was born in Washington, D.C. on August 24, 1973,[8] the youngest of three children.[3] His father, William David Chappelle III, worked as a statistician before becoming a professor at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.[9] His mother, Yvonne K Chappelle Seon (née Reed), is half white[10] and was a professor at Howard University, Prince George's Community College, and the University of Maryland. Seon also worked for Congo Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba.[11][12] She is also a Unitarian Universalist minister.[13] Chappelle has a stepmother and a stepbrother.[3] He is the great-grandson of Bishop William D. Chappelle, a former president of Allen University.[14]

Chappelle grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, and attended Woodlin Elementary School.[9] His parents were politically active, and family house visitors included Pete Seeger and Johnny Hartman.[3] The latter predicted Chappelle would be a comedian and, around this time, Chappelle's comic inspiration came from Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. After his parents separated, Chappelle stayed in Washington with his mother while spending summers with his father in Ohio. In 1991, he graduated from Washington's Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where he studied theatre arts.[9]

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