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Dave Chappelle Biography

Birth Name:
David Khari Webber Chappelle
Birth Place:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Comedian, actor, screenwriter, producer

Fast Facts

  • Decided he wanted to be a comic at age 14, after reading an article about Bill Cosby
  • At 1989, performed (and was booed) at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem
  • Considers Richard Pryor to be the funniest stand-up of all time
  • The second-season release of Chappelle's Show on DVD sold 500,000 copies on the first day and 1
  • 2 million copies the first week


  • 2020Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television: nominated
  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: winner
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: nominated


  • Sonal -- Daughter
  • William Chappelle -- Father
  • William David Chapellle III -- Father
  • Yvonne K. Chappelle Seon -- Mother
  • Yvonne Seon -- Mother
  • Sulayman -- Son
  • Elaine Chappelle -- Wife
  • Elaine Mendoza Erfe -- Wife