Dave Chappelle
comedian
Dave Chappelle
David Khari Webber "Dave" Chappelle is an American comedian, screenwriter, television/film producer, actor, and artist. Chappelle began his film career in the film Robin Hood: Men in Tights in 1993 and continued to star in minor roles in the films The Nutty Professor, Con Air, and Blue Streak. His first lead role in a film was in Half Baked in 1998.
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Sorry, Donald, But 'SNL' Is Having Its Biggest Season In Two Decades
Huffington Post - 18 days
In the last four months, President Donald Trump has called NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” “boring,” “unfunny,” “one-sided,” “biased,” “unwatchable,” “terrible,” “the worst of NBC” and “a complete hit job.” Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me.Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016 But if ratings are any indication, he’s wrong. In fact, NBC told The Huffington Post that Season 42 of “SNL” is the show’s most-watched season in 22 years. That means “SNL” is doing better right now than it ever did in the Will Ferrell and Tina Fey years, and it hasn’t done so well since Mike Myers was still a part of the cast, during the 1994-1995 season. Overall this season, the show’s total viewership is up 22 percent compared to this time last year and up 19 percent among 18-to-49-year-olds. Last week’s show was actually the second biggest of the week among 18-t ...
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R. Kelly Confirms He's Not Performing At Inauguration With Odd Photo
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Looks like R. Kelly was pissed. The R&B singer responsible for classics like the “I Believe I Can Fly,” “Ignition (Remix)” and the rap opera “Trapped in the Closet” recently found himself embroiled in a debate over whether or not he’d be performing at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Rumors started swirling on Tuesday evening, when a comedian tweeted that Kelly would be performing. BREAKING: R. Kelly confirmed to perform at inauguration. — Jonathan Torrens (@TorrensJonathan) January 11, 2017 Nipping that in the bud, Kelly responded to the rumors with the following tweet on Thursday evening: End. Of. Story. pic.twitter.com/jVjgpbMYr3 — R. Kelly (@rkelly) January 13, 2017 If it’s unclear as to why all of this is, well, fascinating, let’s break it down. Earlier this week, BuzzFeed published an unverified intelligence report indicating Russia has compromising information on Trump. Part of that information included alleg ...
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Chris Rock, Amy Schumer and Dave Chappelle hit the stage
CNN - about 1 month
So Chris Rock, Amy Schumer and Dave Chappelle walk into a New York comedy club...
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Chance the Rapper thinks he was the best dressed at Obama's last White House party
Yahoo News - about 2 months
If you thought that President Barack Obama was the best dressed at his own final White House party, you might want to double-check with Chance the Rapper. He gave himself that title, according to his late-night Instagram story. In the video, the 23-year-old Chicago native shared who else deserved awards at the star-studded party.  Best looking, Chance says, belongs to jazz musician Esperanza Spalding. He also threw a couple of awards toward Dave Chappelle: strongest handshake and best compliment. Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro and Michelle Obama also won themselves a bit of Chance's praise.  "Just know it was historic, it was black and it was beautiful," he said. "Best party ever — tonight." Sounds like it.  iPhone commercial or foreign indie film? Apple gets artsy with new ad. Drone picks up delightful footage of a gray whale and her calf 'Mad Max: Fury Road' facts that'll have you racing to watch it again Terrifying bull shark attack makes 'Jaws' look playful
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Police Officer Stops Speeding Student, Then Fixes His Tie
Huffington Post - 2 months
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Politics Is Personal: The Invisible Woman
Huffington Post - 3 months
I am a member of an invisible minority: Portuguese-Americans. While our ancestors were some of the earliest colonizers and explorers in the New World, and over the decades in America we have been included as Hispanics, marginalized in communities where our numbers were large enough to scare the majority, and even counted in some census efforts in New England. For the most part, we pass easily as white, especially those of us who didn't inherit dark hair or skin. If I were Black or Mexican or Asian, being "half "would mean I could easily claim my heritage as the daughter of a first generation American citizen, and as the granddaughter of immigrants who came for America's economic opportunity and personal choice. As an "invisible," I just get shrugs when I explain the origin of my last name (which is complicated because it's actually a common Greek name meaning "Liberty," which somehow migrated to the tiny island in the Azores where my grandparents were born. Because I have red hair a ...
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A Muslim Comedian Sat Next To Eric Trump On A Flight. Here's What He Learned.
Huffington Post - 3 months
As Mohammed Amer stepped onto his plane in New York City on Wednesday, he noticed an unmistakeable murmur that struck him as odd. The comedian, who was on his way to Scotland for the start of his Human Appeal Comedy Tour, had been upgraded at the last moment, a pleasant surprise considering the length of the trip. But once onboard, it was clear something was up. When he finally reached his seat, he knew exactly what. “Are you fucking kidding me?” Amer thought to himself. Seated to his right was none other than Eric Trump, the third-oldest child of President-elect Donald Trump, and the woman behind them was clearly upset about his presence. “She looked at me and said, ‘I wouldn’t even sit next to him if I were you,’” Amer recalled to The Huffington Post. He, though, had a different reaction: “Thank you, God.” Amer is an Arab-American man of Palestinian descent who was born in Kuwait and came to the U.S. as a refugee. His stand-up comedy frequently touches on ...
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Dave Chappelle returning to TV with three new comedy specials on Netflix
LATimes - 3 months
First he tackled “Saturday Night Live,” and now groundbreaking comedian Dave Chappelle has his sights set on Netflix.  The Internet TV network announced Monday that the comedian, along with director Stan Lathan, would produce a new stand-up comedy special for Netflix in 2017. But wait, there’s...
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Dave Chappelle is a sassy swan in unaired SNL sketch
CNN - 3 months
Dave Chappelle made sure everyone knew he was the most beautiful part of the pond in this offbeat unaired "Saturday Night Live" sketch.
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George Lopez Says Only Chance He'll Give Trump Is One To 'Suck My A**'
Huffington Post - 3 months
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dave Chappelle
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 41
    In 2015, Chappelle appeared in the Spike Lee film, Chi-Raq, his first film role in 13 years.
    More Details Hide Details Chappelle has been involved in a number of charitable events. In 2004, he donated his time to Seeds of Peace International Camp, a camp located in Otisfield, Maine, which brings together American, Israeli, Palestinian, and Iraqi children as well as children from a variety of other conflicting nations. Chappelle has been praised by fellow comedians for his work. The comedian Katt Williams believes Chappelle to be the greatest stand-up comedian alive, while Kevin Hart considers Chappelle to be the greatest comedian of all time. In 2009, his show was the subject of a book of critical essays, The Comedy of Dave Chappelle, edited by University of Maryland doctoral student K. A. Wisniewski. His work, as well as that of Margaret Cho, was also the subject of a book by a Canadian dramaturg Elizabeth Ludwig, American Stand-Up and Sketch Comedy, that was published at the end of 2010. A monograph published by the University of Gothenburg titled Representations of ethnicity in stand-up comedy: A study of the comedy of Dave Chappelle examined the racial significance of language used in Chappelle's routines.
  • 2014
    Age 40
    Chappelle referenced the Hartford, incident, that "young, white, alcoholics" should be blamed for the prior incident, that he hoped North Korea would bomb Hartford, that in the future he would not stop in Hartford for gas and finally summarizing his feelings on the situation by saying, "Fuck Hartford!" However, in August 2014 Chappelle returned to Hartford for a surprise appearance at the 2014 Oddball Festival and received multiple standing ovations during his set.
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    He made his first major New York City appearance in eleven years, performing ten nights at Radio City Music Hall in June 2014.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2013
    Age 39
    In August 2013, Chappelle's impersonation of Prince from Chappelle's Show was selected by the singer as the cover art for his new single "Breakfast Can Wait".
    More Details Hide Details Chappelle lives with his wife, Elaine Mendoza Erfe, sons Sulayman and Ibrahim, and daughter Sonal on a farm near Yellow Springs, Ohio. He also owned several houses in Xenia, Ohio. Chappelle told Yellow Springs' residents in September 2006, "Turns out you don't need $50 million to live around these parts, just a nice smile and a kind way about you. You guys are the best neighbors ever. That's why I came back and that's why I'm staying." Chappelle converted to Islam in 1998. He told Time in May 2005, "I don't normally talk about my religion publicly because I don't want people to associate me and my flaws with this beautiful thing. And I believe it is beautiful if you learn it the right way."
    In August 2013, Chappelle returned to stand-up when he embarked on the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity festival.
    More Details Hide Details Sponsored by Funny or Die, Chappelle co-headlined with comedy act Flight of the Conchords. At the Hartford show, Chappelle walked off the stage due to heckling from the crowd that lasted throughout his entire performance. The heckling was so raucous that it drowned out Chappelle's voice over the PA system and included chants of "White Power," a line used in a Chappelle's Show episode that was viewed as wildly inappropriate and out-of-context by other audience members who later wrote about the event. A few days later, to follow up on the Hartford incident, Chappelle stopped in Chicago for a performance where comedy website ComedyHype.Com acquired and released audio of him being heard on stage responding to the heckling in Hartford.
    He appeared again on Inside the Actors Studio in 2013, for its 250th episode.
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  • 2009
    Age 35
    On November 19, 2009 Chappelle performed at the Laugh Factory again, where it was speculated that he would attempt to take back the record.
    More Details Hide Details However, he was disqualified according to the club owner after he left the stage five hours into his routine. Chappelle again appeared on Inside the Actors Studio and, in celebration of the show's 200th episode, he humorously interviewed the show's usual host, James Lipton. The episode aired on November 11, 2008.
  • 2007
    Age 33
    In April 2007, Chappelle set a stand-up endurance record at the Laugh Factory Sunset Strip comedy club, beating comedian Dane Cook's record of three hours and 50 minutes.
    More Details Hide Details In December of the same year, Chappelle broke his own record with a time of six hours and 12 minutes. Cook reclaimed the record in January 2008, with a time of 7 hours.
  • 2006
    Age 32
    On July 9, 2006, Comedy Central aired the first episode of Chappelle's Show: The Lost Episodes.
    More Details Hide Details An uncensored DVD release of the episodes was made available on July 25. The show still plays in syndication on several television networks, despite the relatively small number of episodes compared to most American syndicated television programs. Chappelle has been known to make impromptu and unannounced appearances at comedy venues, and continues to do so following his post-Chappelle's Show return to standup.
  • 2005
    Age 31
    " He was interviewed for Inside the Actors Studio on December 18, 2005, at Pace University's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts.
    More Details Hide Details The show premiered on February 12, 2006. Four days earlier, he had introduced the musical tribute to Sly Stone at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards. Chappelle said on Inside the Actors Studio that the death of his father seven years prior influenced his decision to go to South Africa. By throwing himself into his work, he had not taken a chance to mourn his father's death. He also said the rumors that he was in drug or psychiatric treatment only persuaded him to stay in South Africa. He said, I would go to work on the show and I felt awful every day, that's not the way it was.... I felt like some kind of prostitute or something. If I feel so bad, why keep on showing up to this place? I'm going to Africa. The hardest thing to do is to be true to yourself, especially when everybody is watching.
    In June 2005, Chappelle performed impromptu stand-up shows in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details He then went on a tour that began in Newport, Kentucky, not far from his Ohio home. He made a surprise appearance on HBO's Def Poetry, where he performed two poems, titled "Fuck Ashton Kutcher" and "How I Got the Lead on Jeopardy!
  • 2004
    Age 30
    Chappelle was the star and a producer of the Michel Gondry-directed documentary Dave Chappelle's Block Party, which chronicles him hosting a free concert in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn on September 18, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details 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. He brought Yellow Springs residents to Brooklyn at his own expense. Another highlight of the event was the (temporary) reunion of 1990s hip-hop group The Fugees. Chappelle toured several cities in February and March 2006 to promote the film under the name "Block Party All-Stars featuring Dave Chappelle." Universal Pictures' genre division, Rogue Pictures, released the film in the U.S. on March 3, 2006. It was a success, grossing a total of $11.7 million on a $3 million budget.
    In a June 2004 stand-up performance in Sacramento, California, Chappelle walked off the stage after berating his audience for constantly shouting "I'm Rick James, bitch!" which had become a catchphrase from his popular "Rick James" sketch.
    More Details Hide Details After a few minutes, Chappelle returned and resumed by saying, "The show is ruining my life." He stated that he disliked working "20 hours a day" and that the popularity of the show was making it difficult for him to continue his stand-up career, which was "the most important thing" to him. He told the audience: You know why my show is good? Because the network officials say you're not smart enough to get what I'm doing, and every day I fight for you. I tell them how smart you are. Turns out, I was wrong. You people are stupid. Season 3 was scheduled to begin airing on May 31, 2005, but earlier in May, Chappelle stunned fans and the entertainment industry when he abruptly left during production and took a trip to South Africa. Chappelle said that he was unhappy with the direction the show had taken.
    In June 2004, based on the popularity of the "Rick James" sketch, it was announced that Chappelle was in talks to portray James in a biopic from Paramount Pictures, also owned by Viacom.
    More Details Hide Details James's estate disagreed with the proposed comical tone of the film and put a halt to the talks. That same month, Chappelle recorded his second comedy special, this time airing on Showtime, Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth, at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium, where his idols, including Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Robin Williams, had performed.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2003
    Age 29
    In 2003, Chappelle debuted his own weekly sketch comedy show on Comedy Central called Chappelle's Show.
    More Details Hide Details The show parodied many aspects of American culture, including racial stereotypes, politics and pop culture. Along with comedy skits, the show also featured musical performances by mostly hip-hop and soul artists. He promoted the work of other black comedians as well, most notably Paul Mooney and Charlie Murphy. Due to the show's popularity, Comedy Central's new parent company Viacom reportedly offered Chappelle a $55 million contract (giving Chappelle a share of DVD sales) to continue production of Chappelle's Show for two more years, while allowing him to do side projects. Chappelle has said that sketches are not his favorite form of comedy, and that the show's format was somewhat like short films.
  • 2002
    Age 28
    He followed this up with an appearance as "Conspiracy Brother" in the 2002 racial satire Undercover Brother.
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  • 2000
    Age 26
    In 2000, Chappelle recorded his first hour-long HBO special, Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly, in Washington, DC.
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  • 1999
    Age 25
    In 1999, he appeared in the Martin Lawrence film Blue Streak, which made $117 million at the box office.
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  • 1998
    Age 24
    In December 1998, Chappelle appeared as Tom Hanks' character's friend and confidant in You've Got Mail.
    More Details Hide Details The $65 million movie made nearly $116 million at the box office.
    He and Neal Brennan co-wrote the 1998 cult stoner film Half Baked, Chappelle's first starring role, about a group of marijuana-smoking friends trying to get their other friend out of jail.
    More Details Hide Details It made money at the box office and remains a classic so-called "stoner" film, a genre that includes the "Cheech and Chong" films as well as more recent fare like Judd Apatow's Pineapple Express.
    That same year, he appeared in "Pilots and Pens Lost," a 1998 episode of The Larry Sanders Shows sixth season, in which he and the executives of the show's unnamed television network satirized the treatment to which scriptwriters and show creators were subjected, as well as the executives' knee-jerk tendencies toward racial stereotypes.
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    At the beginning of 1998, he did a stand-up performance for HBO Comedy Half-Hour.
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  • 1997
    Age 23
    He had a minor role in 1997's Con Air which made $26 million after production costs.
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  • 1996
    Age 22
    He later appeared as a nightclub comedian in the 1996 comedy The Nutty Professor starring Eddie Murphy, one of his major comedic influences.
    More Details Hide Details The movie grossed nearly $129 million on a budget of $54 million.
  • 1995
    Age 21
    He attracted the attention of TV network executives and developed numerous pilots, but none was picked up for development into a series. In 1995, he made a guest appearance on an episode of ABC's popular sitcom Home Improvement.
    More Details Hide Details The storyline had Chappelle and real-life friend and comedian Jim Breuer ask Tim Taylor for advice on their girlfriends. The characters' single outing in the episode proved so popular that ABC decided to give them their own spin-off sitcom titled Buddies. However, after taping a pilot episode, Jim Breuer was fired and replaced with actor Christopher Gartin. Buddies premiered in March 1996 to disappointing ratings, and the show was canceled after only five episodes out of 13 had been produced. After the failure of Buddies, Chappelle starred in another pilot. According to Chappelle, the network was uncomfortable with the African-American cast and wanted white actors added. Chappelle resisted and subsequently accused the network of racism. Shortly afterwards, Chappelle's father died, and Chappelle, returning to Ohio, considered leaving the entertainment business.
  • 1994
    Age 20
    Chappelle played another supporting role in an early Doug Liman film, Getting In in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details At age 19, he was the opening act for R&B soul singer Aretha Franklin.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1993
    Age 19
    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, and Blue Streak.
    More Details Hide Details His first lead role was in the 1998 comedy film Half Baked, which he co-wrote with Neal Brennan. 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. By 2006, Chappelle was called the "comic genius of America" by Esquire and, in 2013, "the best" by a Billboard writer. The show continues to run in late-night syndication and on television networks around the world. In 2009 Comedy Central ranked him No. 43 in the "100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time." Chappelle lives with his family in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and continues to perform stand-up comedy. Chappelle was born in Washington, D.C., the youngest of three children. His father, William David Chappelle III, worked as a statistician before becoming a professor at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. His mother, Yvonne (née Reed), is biracial, and was a professor at Howard University, Prince George's Community College, and the University of Maryland, and is also a Unitarian Universalist minister. Chappelle also has a stepmother and a stepbrother. He has stated his grandparents are multiracial from rape.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    Born
    Born on August 24, 1973.
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