Dave Chappelle Biography
Dave Chappelle is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer who is based in the United States. Chappelle has been honored with a number of prestigious awards, including two Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, and a Mark Twain Prize. The satirical comedy sketch shows Chappelle’s Show is largely responsible for his rise to fame (2003–2006).
Chappelle left the program in the middle of production for the third season, which he had co-written with Neal Brennan, and the sitcom continued to run until then. After Chappelle left the program, he immediately went back to performing stand-up comedy all throughout the United States. By the year 2006, Chappelle was being referred to as the “comic genius of America” by Esquire, while in 2013, a writer for Billboard referred to him as “the best.” Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time” placed him at number nine that year (2017).
Chappelle has had cameo appearances in a number of movies, some of which include Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), The Nutty Professor (1996), Con Air (1997), You’ve Got Mail (1998), Blue Streak (1999), Undercover Brother (2002), Chi-Raq (2015), and A Star Is Born (2018). In the 1998 comedy film Half Baked, which he also co-wrote with Neal Brennan, he debuted as the leading man for the first time. Chappelle was also a main cast member on the comedy series Buddies, which aired on ABC (1996).
He inked a comedy special agreement with Netflix in 2016, and as of the year 2019, he has already fulfilled the terms of that deal by releasing five standup comedy specials. The deal is worth $20 million each release.
In recognition of his stint as a guest host on Saturday Night Live in 2017, Chappelle was presented with his first Emmy Award. In 2018, he was honored with a Grammy Award for his comedy album The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas, both of which were produced by Netflix. Equanimity, another Netflix special, was recognized as the year’s Outstanding Variety Special Emmy winner in addition to receiving three nominations for the award (Pre-Recorded).
Chappelle was selected to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2019, which is considered to be the greatest comedy accolade that can be bestowed in the United States and is awarded annually by the Kennedy Center. In the year 2020, Chappelle was honored with a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for his work on the album titled “Sticks & Stones.”
Dave Chappelle Age
He was born on August 24, 173, in Washington, D.C. He is 49 years old.
Dave Chappelle Family
Before beginning his career as an educator at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Dave Chappelle’s father, William David Chappelle III, was employed in the field of statistics. Yvonne K. Chappelle Seon, who went by her maiden name Reed, worked as an instructor at Prince George’s Community College while he was growing up.
In addition to her work for the government of the Congo under Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, Seon is also a minister for the Unitarian Universalist church. Chappelle is from a blended family, as he has a stepmother as well as a stepbrother. Bishop William D. Chappelle, his great-grandfather, served as president of Allen University. Bishop William D. Chappelle was born into slavery in 1857.
Chappelle was born in Washington, District of Columbia, on August 24, 1973. He spent his childhood years in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he attended Woodlin Elementary School. His parents were politically involved, and several of their friends, such as Pete Seeger and Johnny Hartman, would often visit their homes.
It was about this time when Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor were the comics who most influenced Dave Chappelle, even if Hartman had predicted that Chappelle would become a comedian. Chappelle remained in Washington, D.C., with his mother after the divorce of his parents and traveled to Ohio to visit his father during the summer months. While he was still in high school, he held a job as an usher in the infamous Ford’s Theater, which was the site where Abraham Lincoln was killed. He received his diploma from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, where he had studied theatre arts, in the year 1991.
Dave Chappelle Wife
Chappelle married Elaine Mendoza Erfe in 2001.
Dave Chappelle Children
On their farm of 65 acres (26 ha) located close to Yellow Springs, Ohio, Dave and Elaine raise their three children: their sons Sulayman and Ibrahim, as well as their daughter Sanaa.
Dave Chappelle House
He was the owner of multiple homes in the Xenia area of Ohio. In September of 2006, Chappelle stated to the citizens of Yellow Springs, “It turns out that in order to live around these parts, all you need is a nice grin and a kind way about you rather than fifty million dollars. You two are the best neighbors someone could possibly ask for. That is the reason I left and that is the reason I will remain.”
Dave Chappelle Religion
In 1998, Chappelle underwent a religious conversion to Islam. In May of 2005, he stated to Time, “I don’t generally talk about my religion in public because I don’t want people to identify me and my faults with such a wonderful thing, and I also don’t want them to associate this lovely thing with my faith. And if you master it the proper way, I think you’ll find it to be rather lovely.” Chappelle makes an appearance in a video that explains the spiritual significance of the Well of Zamzam, which is located in Mecca.
Dave Chappelle Films
Robin Hood: Men in Tights
The Nutty Professor
The Real Blonde
Bowl of Pork
You’ve Got Mail
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party
A Star Is Born
Dave Chappelle Television
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist
Happily Ever After Fairy Tales for Every Child
The Larry Sanders Show
HBO Comedy Half-Hour
Wanda at Large
Saturday Night Live
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
22nd Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
Dave Chappelle Net Worth
His estimated net worth is around $60 million.