Chappelle in April 2016
|Birth name||David Khari Webber Chappelle|
|Born|| August 24, 1973 |
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film|
|Genres||Observational 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|
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 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.
In 2016 he signed a 20 million dollar per release comedy special deal with Netflix, which has released four of his specials.
By 2006, Chappelle was called the "comic genius of America" by Esquire and, in 2013, "the best" by a Billboard writer. 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.