- Date of Birth:
- January 1, 1900
- 6' 0"
- Silver Springs
Dave Chapelle (Born August 24, 1973 in Washington D.C.) is an American comedian. After graduating from Washington’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts in 1991, Dave moved to New York City to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. A year later he made his film debut in Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights playing “Achoo.” His stand up appearances caught the attention of network TV executives who developed several pilots for him, none of which were picked up. He worked steadily roles in TV and film, but his big break came when he debuted his own sketch comedy program Chapelle’s Show on Comedy Central in 2003. The show parodied racial sterotypes, politics and pop culture and became a smash hit for the network. He was offered $55 million to do the show for two more seasons and initially accepted the offier, only to later regret that doing the show was ruining his first love, stand-up comedy. He walked away from the show during production of the third season due to his unhappiness over the direction of the program, leaving his $55 million behind. He returned to stand-up comedy on a sporadic basis in the years that followed. In 2014, he returned to his first stand-up performances in NYC in 11 years, with 10 nights of shows at Radio City Music Hall. He finally returned to film in 2015 with a role in Chi-Raq.
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Dave Chappelle is best known for being a popular comedian.
David father William was a professor at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio where he moved when he separated from Dave’s mom Yvonne, who was was a professor at Howard University. Growing up, Dave spent the school year living with his mom in Silver Springs MD and summers with his dad in Ohio. Dave still calls Yellow Springs home, where he lives with his wife Elaine Mendoza Erfe, sons Sulayman and Ibrahim, and daughter Sonal on a 65-acre farm. Dave converted to Islam in 1998.