Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle


8/24/1973, Dayton, Ohio USA

Birth Name

David Chappelle



Also Known As

David Chappelle, Dave Chapelle
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David Chappelle began acting at the age of 9 in "The End of August", 11 years later and he was is in his second role as Ahchoo in "Robin Hood Men in Tights", has also starred in "Half Baked", "Screwed", and "Undercover Brother". Recently he came out with…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Dave shattered the L.A. comedy club the "Laugh Factory's" endurance record by taking to the stage for six hours and seven minutes on Sunday, April 15, 2007. The Laugh Factory's club owner said the previous record was three hours and 50 minutes, accomplished earlier this month by Dane Cook.

    • He is very good friends with fellow comedian Mario Cantone, who appeared in the "Ask A Gay Dude" segment on Chappelle's Show.

    • Dave offered beatboxer Rahzel $1,000,000 to "be his iPod."

    • Dave skateboards as a hobby and says he tries to find skateparks in the cities he performs in. He has also made an appearance skateboarding in the Signature Video Magazine Volume 1.

    • Dave once appeared in ads for Right Guard deodorant.

    • Dave (from his Rick James skit): So then he comes in and he says 'Listen, b*tch, ahm Rick James.'

    • Dave Chappelle's Block Party was really filmed in the Fall of 2004.

    • Dave founded "Pilot Boy Productions," which is a television production company that works on shows and standup performances starring Dave.

    • Dave: (from "What It's Worth") I seen one crackhead tryna break into somebody's car. I screamed "Hey!" and he said "Oh, keep an eye out for me..." and I said "***** I ain't tryna help you, I want the **** to stop."

    • He has gone on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" 11 times so far, more appearances than he has had on all other talk shows combined.

    • Dave made the Forbes Celebrity 100 List with $12 million in earnings.

    • Dave is ranked #43 on Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Standups of All Time. He is the youngest person to make the list.

    • Two of his favorite TV shows are MTV's "The Real World" and "Making The Band", and he mentions this in his show and does a parody of both.

    • Dave is one of the few (if not only) celebrities to do advertisements for both Coca-Cola and Pepsi. In his last stand up special, For What It's Worth, he mentioned he did commercials for both products and said "if you want to know the truth, can't even taste the difference. Surprise! All I know is Pepsi paid me most recently so, tastes better."

    • Dave turned down an offer to host the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards.

    • Dave was among other comedians who payed respect to Richard Pryor's stand up career on a special on Comedy Central called Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! back in 2003.

    • Dave lent his voice to a character on "Crank Yankers" called "Shavin".

    • Dave has been a guest on talk shows including "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "The Daily Show", "The Rosie O'Donnell Show", "Late Show with David Letterman", "Last Call with Carson Daly" and most recently "The Oprah Winfrey Show".

    • Dave made an appearance in The Nutty Professor where he played a stand up comic named "Reggie Warrington".

    • Dave starred in his own movie "Dave Chappelle's Block Party", in which he invited people across the nation to join him in a party with music and other entertainment.

    • On his show Chappelle has done two parodies of music videos, "Piss On You" and its remix, which parodies R&B singer R. Kelly's "Feeling on your Booty", and Ignition Remix.

    • In 1992 Chappelle made his first TV appearance on Def Comedy Jam.

    • Dave was born in Dayton, Ohio but moved with his mother to Washington D.C. after his parents' divorce.

    • Dave has been interviewed since he left his show last year on Inside the Actors Studio and Oprah, he has commented about his leap of absence and if he may return to do his show again.

    • Chappelle's Show Season One Uncensored! DVD box set is the best-selling TV show on DVD with over 3 million copies sold.

    • Chappelle is a computer and video game enthusiast, including an affinity for World of Warcraft, NBA Street, Street Fighter and Grand Theft Auto. On Chappelle's Show, he paid homage to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City in a sketch. He has also done a sketch in which he challenges and beats a child with cancer in the video game Street Hoops.

    • Chappelle lives with his wife Elaine and two sons on a farm just outside Yellow Springs, Ohio. When he is not touring or engaged in filming for television or the big screen, he can be seen in the shops and markets of the small college town.

    • Dave Chappelle converted to Islam around 1998. He told Time magazine in a May 2005 interview "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 a beautiful religion if you learn it the right way."

    • Chappelle's Show has a large hip-hop following and has featured such progressive rappers as: Dead Prez, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, and Kanye West. The show has also spotlighted musical guests such as Wu-Tang Clan, Busta Rhymes, Outkast, De La Soul, Fat Joe, Anthony Hamilton, DMX and Erykah Badu.

    • Richard Pryor said that he has passed the torch to Dave Chappelle.

    • Dave Chappelle has starred in 3 TV stand up specials, 2 on HBO and 1 on Showtime. The half hour special on HBO was HBO's stand up show called "One Night Stand", the other HBO special was called "Dave Chappelle: Killin' 'Em Softly" and the Showtime special was called "Dave Chappelle - For What It's Worth".

    • Dave has two kids.

    • Dave stands at 6'0" tall.

    • Popular characters Dave has played on his show include; Prince, Rick James, P. Diddy, Chuck Taylor (the lead "white" anchor on the fictitious "News 3"), Leonard Washington (a family man with a hardassed attitude), Tron Carter and Tyrone Biggums (a crack addict).

    • Signed a 50 million dollar contract for two seasons, but left the show afterwards!

    • Dave's first movie role was in Robin Hood: Men in Tights , he played Achoo.

    • Dave Chappelle plays World of Warcraft, the popular MMORPG from Blizzard Entertainment. He has also expressed his amusement of seeing WoW characters with names referring to his most famous sketches.

    • Is currently in the beginning of talks about a movie involving his family and historical events they are fictionally involved in. [2004]

    • It was rumoured he lend his voice for the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

    • Awards: Nominated in 2004 for an Emmy for "Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series for: "Chappelle's Show"
      -Nominated in 2005 for "Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special for: Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth".
      -Nominated in 2004 and 2005 for an Image Award in "Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for: "Chappelle's Show"
      -Nominated in 2004 and 2005 in the Teen Choice Awards for "Choice Comedian".

  • Quotes

    • Dave (from his HBO special): I think every group of black guys should have at least one white guy in it.

    • Dave: I was doing sketches that were funny but socially irresponsible. I felt I was deliberately being encouraged and I was overwhelmed.

    • Dave (From "For What It's Worth"): I was on vacation at Disney World, and everybody kept coming up to me and saying 'Hey, I'm Rick James, b*tch.' I was like, 'Could you not call me a b*tch in front of my kids?'

    • Dave: Whether it means having a show, or a movie, or just being on a stage, I need an avenue to say what I have to say.

    • Dave: I felt in a lot of instances I was deliberately being put through stress because when you're a guy who generates money, people have a vested interested in controlling you.

    • Dave: I was doing sketches that were funny, but socially irresponsible. It was encouraged.

    • Dave: But there was something really serendipitous that was happening, with some kind of energy that things would ultimately just work out, sometimes better than when you plan.

    • Dave: You know you must be doing something right if old people like you.

    • Dave: I like that particular kind of attention. People don't know what it's like standing up there onstage, when you have a wall of people smiling at you.

    • Dave: Most people don't know what it's like to stand up there and speak their mind. I have a venue to do that. I get paid to do that. It's not like I'm doing heavy lifting up there. It's not like I'm solving the world's problems. It's like I'm hanging out with a bunch of people and it's cool.

    • Dave Chappelle: I would go to work on the show and I felt awful everyday, 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.

    • Dave Chappelle: I still think people do have racial hang-ups, but I think one of the reasons I can joke about it is people are shedding those racial hatreds.

    • Dave Chappelle: The language you are about to hear... is disturbing.

    • Dave Chappelle (as Rick James): I'm Rick James, b*tch!

  • Dave Chappelle is a comdeic genius

    Chappelle is one of the funniest comdeians on the planet. Dave Chappelle is a comdeic genius. Ever since i saw him on his show Chappelle's Show i fell in love with his humor. i love how he has no limits on what he does and he will make fun of everyone. i think that chappelle needs to come back and make some more episodes of the chappelle show because without him on tv it is just not the same. when i get bored with other shows i cant flip over and watch his show. I also like Dave for his role in the movie Undercover Brothermoreless
  • Man, I miss the Chappelle Show....

    This has to be one of the all time greatest commedian's to ever live. Dave Chappelle's brand of commedy catches the eye of everyone that he talks about. Some people may think that Dave is just a racist, but if you think about the things that Dave actually says when he saying a Joke or doing one of his famous sketches from the Chappelle show, you can see intellegence in the jokes.

    Dave Chappelle imo is probably the best commedian in this day and age. His commedy stands out all on it's own and is funny no matter how many times you hear it. I have never not once laughed at anything that Dave Chappelle has said before.

    So, in the end, Dave Chappelle stands out in a lot of ways and is probably the funniest commedian alive right now. I just wish that the Chappelle show would come back.