59 Facts About Dave Chappelle

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David Khari Webber Dave Chappelle is an American stand-up comedian and actor.

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Dave Chappelle is known for his satirical comedy sketch series Chappelle's Show, which he starred in until quitting in the middle of production during the third season.

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Dave Chappelle has received numerous accolades, including six Emmy Awards and three Grammy Awards as well as the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

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Dave Chappelle received his first Emmy in 2017 for his guest appearance on Saturday Night Live.

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Equanimity, another Netflix special featuring Dave Chappelle, was nominated in 2018 for three Emmys and received the award for Outstanding Variety Special .

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In 2019, Dave Chappelle was selected to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, which is presented by the Kennedy Center as America's highest comedy honor.

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Dave Chappelle's mother, Yvonne Seon, worked for Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, is a Unitarian Universalist minister, and worked as a professor and university administrator at several institutions including Wright State University and Prince George's Community College.

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Dave Chappelle grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, and attended Woodlin Elementary School.

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Dave Chappelle's parents were politically active, and family house visitors included Pete Seeger and Johnny Hartman.

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10.

Hartman predicted Dave Chappelle would be a comedian and, around this time, Dave Chappelle's comic inspiration came from Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor.

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Dave Chappelle attended DC's Eastern High School for a short time before transferring to Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where he studied theater arts, graduating in 1991.

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Dave Chappelle moved to New York City to pursue a career as a comedian.

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Dave Chappelle performed at Harlem's Apollo Theater in front of the "Amateur Night" audience, but he was booed off stage.

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Dave Chappelle described the experience as the moment that gave him the courage to continue his show business aspirations.

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Dave Chappelle quickly made a name for himself on the New York comedy circuit, even performing in the city's parks.

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Dave Chappelle appeared on Star Search three times but lost to competing comedian Lester Barrie; Chappelle later joked about becoming more successful than Barrie.

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Dave Chappelle parodied the film in the 1997 short Bowl of Pork, where a dim-witted black man is responsible for the Rodney King beating, the LA riots and O J Simpson's being accused of murder.

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Dave Chappelle played another supporting role in an early Doug Liman film, Getting In, in 1994.

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19.

Dave Chappelle attracted the attention of television network executives and developed numerous pilots but none were picked up for development into a series.

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20.

Shortly afterward Dave Chappelle's father died and, after returning to Ohio, he considered leaving the entertainment business.

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21.

Dave Chappelle later appeared as a stand-up insult comic who targets patrons of a nightclub in the 1996 comedy The Nutty Professor starring Eddie Murphy, one of his major comedic influences.

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22.

In December 1998, Dave Chappelle appeared as Tom Hanks' character's friend and confidant in You've Got Mail.

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23.

Dave Chappelle followed this with an appearance as "Conspiracy Brother" in the 2002 racial satire Undercover Brother.

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In 2003, Dave Chappelle debuted his own weekly sketch comedy show on Comedy Central called Dave Chappelle's Show.

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Dave Chappelle promoted the work of other black comedians as well, most notably Paul Mooney and Charlie Murphy.

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Dave Chappelle has said that sketches are not his favorite form of comedy, and that the show's format was similar to short films.

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27.

In June 2004, based on the popularity of the "Rick James" sketch, it was announced that Dave Chappelle was in talks to portray James in a biopic from Paramount Pictures, owned by Viacom.

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Dave Chappelle said that he was unhappy with the direction the show had taken, and expressed in an interview with Time magazine his need for reflection in the face of tremendous stress:.

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29.

Several musical artists, including Kanye West, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Dead Prez and Jill Scott, are featured in the movie both performing in the concert and in conversation off-stage; Dave Chappelle brought Yellow Springs residents to Brooklyn at his own expense.

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30.

In June 2005, Dave Chappelle performed impromptu stand-up shows in Los Angeles, then went on a tour that began in Newport, Kentucky, not far from his Ohio home.

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Dave Chappelle expressed his contempt for the entertainment industry's tone-deafness regarding black entertainers and audiences:.

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32.

Dave Chappelle said on Inside the Actors Studio that the death of his father seven years prior influenced his decision to go to South Africa.

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Dave Chappelle said the rumors that he was in drug or psychiatric treatment only persuaded him to stay in South Africa.

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34.

Dave Chappelle expressed disdain at the possibility of his material from the unfinished third season being aired, saying that to do so would be "a bully move, " and that he would not return to the show if Comedy Central were to air the unfinished material.

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Dave Chappelle has been known to make impromptu and unannounced appearances at comedy venues, and continues to do so following his post–Dave Chappelle's Show return to stand-up comedy.

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Dave Chappelle again appeared on Inside the Actors Studio and, in celebration of the show's 200th episode, he interviewed the show's usual host, James Lipton.

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Dave Chappelle appeared again on Inside the Actors Studio in 2013, for its 250th episode.

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38.

In February 2009, Dave Chappelle did a four-hour set at Comic Strip Live in New York.

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39.

In June 2014, Dave Chappelle made his first major New York City appearance in eleven years, performing ten nights at Radio City Music Hall.

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40.

Dave Chappelle promoted the dates by appearing on The Today Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Show with David Letterman.

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41.

In 2015, Dave Chappelle appeared in the Spike Lee film Chi-Raq, his first film role in 13 years.

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42.

Dave Chappelle donated the Emmy to his former high school while filming an episode of Jerry Seinfeld's Netflix series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee .

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43.

In October 2018, Dave Chappelle returned to the big screen as "Noodles", Jackson Maine's best friend and retired musician in Bradley Cooper's directorial debut, a remake of A Star Is Born.

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44.

Dave Chappelle was nominated along with the cast for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Cast in a Motion Picture.

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45.

Dave Chappelle has collaborated with Aziz Ansari for three stand-up shows in Austin, Texas at the Paramount Theater.

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46.

In February 2019, Dave Chappelle was nominated for and won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for Equanimity and Bird Revelation.

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In 2019, Dave Chappelle was chosen to receive the annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor presented by The Kennedy Center.

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Dave Chappelle retrofitted a mechanic's garage in the same village into a clubhouse, and dubbed it "The Shack", for podcasting.

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Simultaneously, Dave Chappelle argued that he was not anti-transgender, bringing up his opposition to North Carolina's anti-transgender bathroom laws and his friendship with late Daphne Dorman.

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50.

In July 2022, Dave Chappelle's upcoming performance at the First Avenue in Minneapolis was canceled following transgender rights protests outside of the venue.

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51.

Dave Chappelle has received many awards and nominations for his work in stand-up and television including three consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album.

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Dave Chappelle has received five Primetime Emmy Awards and one Screen Actors Guild Award nomination along with the ensemble of A Star Is Born.

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53.

In 2019, Chappelle was awarded the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

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54.

Dave Chappelle has financially contributed to the school over the years, visited and gave a commencement speech.

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55.

Dave Chappelle endorsed Andrew Yang in the 2020 United States presidential election.

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56.

In December 2021, Dave Chappelle told the Yellow Springs, Ohio village council that he would cancel his planned business investments, including his restaurant and comedy club, if it approved a zoning change to allow a multifamily affordable housing project.

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57.

Dave Chappelle appears in a video explaining the religious history of the Well of Zamzam in Mecca.

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58.

Dave Chappelle's great-grandfather Bishop William D Chappelle, born into slavery in 1857, served as a president of Allen University and led a delegation of African Americans who met President Woodrow Wilson at the White House.

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Dave Chappelle's great-great-grandfather Robert J Palmer was a member of the South Carolina Legislature, then majority black, during Reconstruction.

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