Dave Chappelle is best known for his hilarious stand-up comedy routines and memorable acting roles. The comedian rose to fame with his Comedy Central program Chappelle’s Show became a major hit for the network in the early 2000’s. Today he is one of the most highly recognized comedians in the industry.
Born David Khari Webber Chappelle on August 24, 1973 in Washington D.C. the comedian, actor, producer and TV star was raised by his parents who were both professors at local universities. His parents separated when he was 6 years old and be spent time in both Washington and Ohio throughout his childhood.
Chappelle decided that he wanted to be a comedian while watching sitcoms such as The Cosby Show. As a high school student, he started his stand-up career. However, since he was underage, his mom had to go with him to gigs at area comedy clubs. Even at a young age, Dave’s unique sense of humor raised some eyebrows and even caused him to be booed off the stage at the legendary Apollo Theater. Yet staying with his controversial tone, he managed to enjoy commercial success soon after high school.
In the early 1990’s Dave Chappelle was working on his stand-up career in New York City. He made his film debut in the 1993 Mel Brook’s comedy Robin Hood: Men in Tights and was the youngest comedian to ever appear on the fifth installment of the popular HBO special Comic Relief in 1994.
At the age of 18, Chappelle started to receive offers for TV shows. He auditioned for several sitcom pilots however none were very successful. But his rise to fame continued on as he continued to appear in feature films throughout the early 2000’s.
He appeared in 1996’s The Nutty Professor starring Eddie Murphy, Woo, You’ve Got Mail, and Half-Baked all in 1998 and Undercover Brother in 2002. While he was having success with small roles, he had yet to gain the opportunity that would make him a household name.
In 2003 Dave Chappelle got the opportunity of a lifetime to star in his own show on Comedy Central. Chappelle’s Show was an instant hit and earned the comedian two Emmy nominations. While the sketch show was very popular, it was also highly controversial. The skits frequently addressed sensitive topics which made some viewers angry. But overall most Chappelle’s fans loved the show. He was offered a $50 million. 2-year contract from the network after just two seasons.
Unfortunately, at the height of his career, Dave was also facing plenty of heat from Comedy Central to change the tone of the show and decrease the controversial content. As he was about to start the third season of Chappelle’s Show, Dave abruptly left during filming because he was unhappy with the pressure from the network.
Fans of the hit show were saddened and confused when news broke about Chappelle’s departure. At first, no one was sure what had happened to the comedian. During the time away from the show, Dave had left the U.S. to visit South Africa. When he returned to the States, he stayed out of the public eye as much as possible. He moved to Ohio and only made a few public appearances between 2005 and 2006. Afterward, he released a documentary titled Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, and that was one of the few times he stood in the spotlight for several years.
/gucci-mane-net-worth/In February of 2013, Dave Chappelle made an appearance at a popular New York Comedy Club which surprised many. He was joined on stage that night by Chris Rock who discussed going on a comedy tour with him. After the surprise comeback, Chappelle started doing stand-up once again, only this time with a more formal approach. He performed several gigs throughout the Southern U.S. and even headlined the Funny or Die tour in August.
The American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter has a net worth of $42 million. He scored a deal with Netflix in 2016 for three standup specials and was reportedly paid $60 million for them. His deal with the streaming service is said to be one of the largest ever paid to a comedian.
Dave and his wife Elaine have two sons named Sulayman and Ibrahim. They also have a daughter named Sonal.
Chappelle made his return to acting and starred in Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq in 2015. His deal with Netflix landed him three comedy specials in 2017. He also released a comedy album titled The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas, which he won a Grammy for in 2018.