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Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle – L E’s Stories – The Life and Legend of Stand Up Comedy Genius Dave Chappelle


Sharing this post on the video life and legend of stand-up comedian genius Dave Chappelle holds a special place in my heart…..because I wasn’t turned on to this wonderfully funny man until I was over 50 years old…..as a person who had been a full blown fan of comedy, especially stand-up, since I was 8 years old watching Jonathan Winters perform incredible spontaneous comedy genius of the highest grade when handed assorted items that were gathered from the pockets and purses from patrons in the crowd.  Plus, this lifetime joy of comedy had been accentuated by 13 years of developing an impressive comedy video library at our sports bar in downtown Austin, Texas from 1975 to 1988…..and that is when my two teenage sons began “singing the praises” of a new comedian taking the youth of America by storm…..who was named Dave Chappelle.  Now, bear in mind that my library of recorded video comedy consisted of the most popular and greatest comedians of the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s…..while Dave Chappelle was an up-and-rising comedian of the 1990…..which was a decade that would showcase comedians like George Carlin, Chris Rock, Dana Carvey, Martin Lawrence, Adam Sandler, C.K. Louis, Kevin Hart et al…..plus, Dave Chappelle…..who literally is the top-billing stand-up comedian on the planet at the start of 2024.  So, thanks to my boys, I became a fan of Chappelle’s work…..who watched all 28 Episodes of Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central from 2003 through early 2006….. along with dang near everything of his comedy that aired from 2006 to the present…..especially his shows on Netflix…..which is the reason Dave Chappelle deserves this post….and his rightful place showcased in our ImaSportsPhile Comedy Library….so, we hope you enjoy!!                                                   

Comedy – Stand-Up – Dave Chappelle Biography – 2023 – A Biography Production Special – “Dave Chappelle: Stand-Up Comedy Legend Full Documentary”                                                                                                                                       


David Khari Webber Chappelle (Born August 24, 1973) is an American stand-up comedian and actor…..who starred in and co-created the satirical comedy sketch series Chappelle’s Show (2003–2006) before quitting in the middle of production during the 3rd season…..when after a hiatus, Chappelle returned to performing stand-up comedy across the U.S.  By 2006, Chappelle was called the “comic genius of America” by Esquire…..and, in 2013, “the best” by a Billboard writer.  In 2017, Rolling Stone ranked him # 9 in their “50 Best Stand Up Comics of All Time”.





Comedy – Stand-Up – Mini Documentary – 2023 – A Clutch15 Production Special – “Dave Chappelle Documentary” – A Compilation of Clips Telling the Story of One of the Greatest Comedians of All Time




Chappelle has appeared in various films, including Robin Hood: Men in Tights in 1993…..The Nutty Professor in 1996…..Con Air in 1997…..You’ve Got Mail in 1998…..Blue Streak in 1999…..Undercover Brother in 2002…..Dave Chappelle’s Block Party in 2005…..Chi-Raq in 2015…..and A Star Is Born in 2018…..when his 1st lead role was in the 1998 comedy film Half Baked…..which he also was the co-writer.  Chappelle also starred in the ABC comedy series Buddies in 1996.  In 2016, he signed a $20-million-per-release comedy-special deal with Netflix…..and released six stand-up specials under the deal.                                                                                                                    




Comedy – Movie Clips Compilation  – 2021 – A Daily Dose Comedy Production Special – “Dave Chappelle: Funniest Movie Scenes” 




He has received numerous accolades…..which include six Emmy Awards and four Grammy Awards…..as well as the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2019…..which is presented by the Kennedy Center as America’s highest comedy honor.  Chappelle has received two Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for hosting Saturday Night Live in 2016 and 2020.  Chappelle received four Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album for The Age of Spin in 2018…..Equanimity & The Bird Revelation in 2019…..Sticks & Stones in 2019…..and The Closer in 2021.





Comedy – Stand-Up – Dave Chappelle Mini Documentary – 2020 – A Jer Films Production Special – How Leaving Hollywood Made Dave Chappelle a LEGEND”




Chappelle was born on August 24, 1973, in Washington, D.C…..whose father, , William David Chappelle III, was a professor of vocal performance and the dean of students at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio…..while his mother, Yvonne Seon (née Reed, formerly Chappelle), worked for Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, is a Unitarian Universalist minister, and worked as a professor and university administrator at several institutions including Wright State University and Prince George’s Community College.  Chappelle has a stepmother and a stepbrother.





Comedy – Stand-Up – Live on Stage in Aspen, Colorado – 1995 – A Preach Caleb Production Special – “Young Comedians w/ Host Garry Shandling” – Featuring Dave Chappelle




Chappelle grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland…..and attended Woodlin Elementary School.  His parents were politically active…..whose family house visitors included Pete Seeger and Johnny Hartman.  Hartman predicted Chappelle would be a comedian…..and, around this time, Chappelle’s comic inspiration came from Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor.  After his parents separated, Chappelle stayed in Washington with his mother…..while spending summers with his father in Ohio.  In high school he worked as an usher in Ford’s Theatre.  He attended DC’s Eastern High School for a short time before transferring to Duke Ellington School of the Arts…..where he studied theater arts, graduating in 1991.





Comedy – Stand-Up – Live on Stage at Garvin’s Laugh Inn, Washington, DC – 1990 – A VHS Comedy And Music Vault Production Special – Dave Chappelle Stand-Up at Age 17″                                                                                   




Comedy – Stand-Up – Live Video on America’s Funniest People – 1990 – A Scott Wilcox Production Special – Dave Chappelle’s Impression of Batman Fighting Crime in His Neighborhood”




Chappelle was featured in a montage of random people telling jokes in the 1st episode of ABC’s America’s Funniest People…..which aired on September 13, 1990.  Following his high school graduation, Chappelle moved to New York City to pursue a career as a comedian…..where he performed at Harlem’s Apollo Theater in front of the “Amateur Night” audience…..but he was booed off stage…..when Chappelle described the experience as the moment that gave him the courage to continue his show business aspirations…..and he quickly made a name for himself on the New York comedy circuit…..while even performing in the city’s parks.  In addition to weekend stand-up gigs, he honed his craft at Monday night “open mic” performances at places like the Boston Comedy Club on West 3rd Street, as late as the summer 1994.  In 1992, he won critical and popular acclaim for his television appearance in Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam on HBO.  It was his appearance on this show that allowed his popularity to truly begin rising, eventually allowing him to become a regular guest on late-night television shows such as Politically IncorrectLate Show with David LettermanThe Howard Stern Show, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.  Whoopi Goldberg nicknamed him “The Kid” At 19, he made his film debut as “Ahchoo” in Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights…..then he also appeared on Star Search  three times…..but lost to competing comedian Lester Barrie…..as Chappelle later joked about becoming more successful than Barrie.  The same year, Chappelle was offered the role of Benjamin Buford “Bubba” Blue in the movie Forrest Gump…..due to the fact that he was concerned the character was demeaning and the movie would bomb…..so, he turned down the part. He parodied the film in the 1997 short Bowl of Pork…..where a dim-witted black man is responsible for the Rodney King beating, the LA riots and O. J. Simpson’s being accused of murder.  Chappelle played another supporting role in an early Doug Liman film, Getting In, in 1994.  At age 19, he was the opening act for R&B soul singer Aretha Franklin.





Comedy – Stand-Up – HBO Comedy Special – 1993 – A Truth Be Told Production Special – “Dave Chappelle: Live at Def Comedy Jam”




Comedy – Stand-Up – HBO Comedy Special – Live at Def Comedy Jam All Stars – 2013 – A James Dykes II Production Special – “Dave Chappelle: On Top Of His Game at Def Comedy Jam All Stars”




Comedy – Movie Clips – From the Mel Brooks Movie “Robin Hood: Men In Tights” – 1993 – A JoBlo Movie Clips Production Special – “Scene with Ahchoo (Dave Chappelle) & Robin of Loxley (Cary Elwes) Fighting Prince John’s Soldiers In Sherwood Forrest”




Chappelle attracted the attention of television network executives and developed numerous pilots but none were picked up for development into a series.  In 1995, he made a guest appearance on an episode of ABC’s popular sitcom Home Improvement….. The storyline had Chappelle and real-life friend and comedian Jim Breuer ask Tim Taylor for advice on their girlfriends…..when the characters’ single outing in the episode proved to be so popular that ABC decided to give them their own spin-off sitcom titled Buddies…..however, after taping a pilot episode, 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 that had been produced.





Comedy – Sitcom Special – 2022 – An Atomic Abe Productions Special – “The Sitcom Dave Chappelle Doesn’t Want You to See” – The Story of the TV Show Buddies




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 afterward Chappelle’s father died and, after returning to Ohio, he considered leaving the entertainment business.  He later appeared as a stand-up insult comic who targets patrons of a nightclub in the 1996 comedy The Nutty Professor starring Eddie Murphy, one of his major comedic influences…..plus, he had a minor role in 1997’s Con Air.  At the beginning of 1998, he did a stand-up performance for HBO Comedy Half-Hour…..while also appearing in “Pilots and Pens Lost”…..an episode of The Larry Sanders Shows 6th season, in which he and the executives of the show’s unnamed television network satirize the treatment that scriptwriters and show creators were subjected to, as well as the executives’ knee-jerk tendencies toward racial stereotypes.





Comedy – Dave Chappelle & Eddie Murphy – Movie Clip – From the Movie The Nutty Professor – 1996 – A Prince of Pwnage Production Special – “Nightclub Scene With Insult Comedian (Dave Chappelle) Dialog With the Nutty Professor (Eddie Murphy) & His Date (Jada Pinkett Smith)”





Comedy – Dave Chappelle – Movie Clip – From the Movie Con Air – 1996 – A Flix & Clips Production Special – “A Compilation of Every Dave Chappelle Scene”                                                                                                            




Comedy – Stand Up – HBO Special (Entire Show) – 1997 – An HBO Production Special – “Dave Chappelle HBO Comedy Half Hour Uncensored”




He and Neal Brennan co-wrote the 1998 cult stoner film Half Baked….. which was actually Chappelle’s 1st starring role…..which was about a group of marijuana-smoking friends trying to get their other friend out of jail.  It made money at the box office and remains a classic “stoner” film…..which is a genre that includes the Cheech & Chong films…..as well as more recent fare like Judd Apatow’s Pineapple Express.  In December of 1998, Chappelle appeared as Tom Hanks’ character’s friend and confidant in You’ve Got Mail.  In 1999, he appeared in the Martin Lawrence film Blue Streak.





Comedy – Dave Chappelle – Movie Clip – From the Movie Half Baked – 1996 – A Movieclips.com
Production Special – “Thurgood Gets Some Medical Marijuana”                                                                                      




Comedy – Dave Chappelle – Movie Clip – From the Movie Half Baked – 1996 – A Movieclips.com
Production Special – “Thurgood Goes To Rehab”




Comedy – Dave Chappelle – Movie Clip – From the Movie You’ve Got Mail – 1998 – A Movie Tweeze — English Subtitles Production Special – “You’ve Got Mail Best Movie Scene:  Kevin Tells Joe “Because It Is Kathleen Kelly””     



Comedy – Dave Chappelle – Movie Clip – From the Movie Blue Streak – 1999 – A Movieclips.com Production Special – “Arrest in the Alley Scene – “This Is Gonna Hurt A Little                                                                                                



In 2000, Chappelle recorded his 1st hour-long HBO special, Dave Chappelle: Killin’ Them Softly, in Washington, D.C…..as he also starred alongside Norm Macdonald in the 2000 comedy film Screwed…..which he followed with an appearance as “Conspiracy Brother” in the 2002 racial satire Undercover Brother.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  




Comedy – HBO Stand Up Special – Dave Chappelle – Live at the Lincoln Theater in Washington, DC – 2000 – A The World’s Got Talent Production Special – “Dave Chappelle: Killin’ Them Softly (Entire Show)”                                         




Comedy – Dave Chappelle – Movie Clip – From the Movie Undercover Brother – 1999 – A Movieclips.com Production Special – “Brotherhood Headquarters Scene”     




In 2003, Chappelle debuted his own weekly sketch comedy show on Comedy Central called Chappelle’s Show…..which parodied many aspects of American culture, including racial stereotypes, politics and pop culture…..and along with comedy sketches…..as the show also featured musical performances by mostly hip-hop and soul artists…..while 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 offered Chappelle a $55 million contract…..plus 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 more similar to short films.  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.  James’ 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 Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Robin Williams had all performed.                                                                                                                                             




Comedy – Comedy Central Presents Chappelle’s Show” – 2003 – A Comedy Central Production Special – “Dave Chappelle: As Black Bush” – It’s Not Just a Show – It’s a Social Phenomenon…..and Some of the Funniest Comedy on Television.




Comedy – Comedy Central Presents Chappelle’s Show” – 2004 A Comedy Central Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  The Wayne Brady Show – Uncensored”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      




Comedy – Comedy Central Presents Chappelle’s Show” – 2003 A Comedy Central Production Special – “Chappelle’s Show – The World Series of Dice (ft. Bill Burr) – Uncensored




Comedy – Comedy Central Presents Chappelle’s Show” – 2003 A Comedy Central Production Special – “Chappelle’s Show – PopCopy – Uncensored                                                                                                                           




Comedy – Comedy Central Presents Chappelle’s Show” – 2004 A Comedy Central Production Special – “Chappelle’s Show – Celebrity Trial Jury Selection   




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…..when 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.”





Comedy – SHOWTIME Stand Up Special – Dave Chappelle – Live at the Fillmore Theater in San Francisco, CA – 2004 – A Showtime Production Special – “Dave Chappelle: For What It’s Worth (Entire Show)”




Season 3 was scheduled to begin airing on May 31, 2005, but earlier in May, Chappelle surprised 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, and expressed in an interview with Time magazine his need for reflection in the face of tremendous stress:   “Coming here, I don’t have the distractions of fame.  It quiets the ego down.  I’m interested in the kind of person I’ve got to become.  I want to be well rounded and the industry is a place of extremes, I want to be well-balanced. I’ve got to check my intentions, man”





Comedy – Comedy Central Presents Chappelle’s Show” – 2004 A Comedy Central Production Special – “Chappelle’s Show – The Time Haters – Great Misses – Uncensored”




Comedy – Comedy Central Presents Chappelle’s Show” – 2003 A Comedy Central Production Special – “Chappelle’s Show – Clayton Bigsby, the World’s Only Black White Supremacist”




Comedy – Comedy Central Presents Chappelle’s Show” – 2005 A Comedy Central Production Special – “Chappelle’s Show – Keeping It Real Can Go Very Wrong”




Comedy – Comedy Central Presents Chappelle’s Show” – 2005 A Comedy Central Production Special – “Chappelle’s Show – The Racial Draft (ft. Bill Burr, RZA, and GZA) – Uncensored” – As Delegations From America’s Ethnicities Assemble to Divvy-Up Racially Ambiguous Celebrities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        



Comedy – Comedy Central Presents Chappelle’s Show” – 2004 A Comedy Central Production Special – “Chappelle’s Show – Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories: Rick James” – As Charlie Murphy Tells Two Stories About Hanging Out With Rick James…..Which Also Happen To Be Stories About Beating Rick James Up                       




Immediately following Chappelle’s departure, tabloids speculated that Chappelle’s exit was driven by drug addiction or a mental problem…..rather than the ethical and professional concerns that Chappelle had articulated.  His decision to quit the show meant walking away from a $50 million contract with Comedy Central…..and forming a rift with longtime collaborator Neal Brennan…..whereas, the show still plays in syndication on several television networks, despite the relatively small number of episodes compared to most American syndicated television programs.





Comedy – HBO Stand Up Special – Dave Chappelle – Live at the Lincoln Theater in Washington, DC – 2000 – A The World’s Got Talent Production Special – “Dave Chappelle: Killin’ Them Softly (Entire Show)”




Chappelle’s abrupt departure from the show continues to be a focus of interviews and profiles of him…..and of his own comedy, of course.  In Bird Revelation, Chappelle draws an analogy between his departure and the book Pimp, the memoir of Iceberg Slim.





Comedy – Netflix Stand Up Special – 2022 – A Netflix Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  Bird Revelations Bird Revelations Full Special – Everything Is Funny Until It Happens To You (Entire Show)”                       




Chappelle was the star and a producer of the Michel Gondry-directed documentary Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, which chronicles his hosting a free concert in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn on September 18, 2004…..with several musical artists such as 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 when Chappelle brought Yellow Springs residents to Brooklyn at his own expense.  Another highlight of the event was the temporary reunion of 1990’s hip-hop group The Fugees.                                                                                                                                      




Music & Comedy – Concert / Movie Documentary – 2005 – An InfamousBIG Production Special – “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party: Featuring Kanye West + John Legend + The Central State University Marching Band”                                                                                                                                                                                              




Music & Comedy – Concert / Movie Documentary – 2005 – An InfamousBIG Production Special – “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party: Featuring Mos Def + Jill Scott + Dave Chappelle Live” 




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…..which was a success…..while grossing a total of $11.7 million on a $3 million budget.  What is simply amazing about Dave Chappelle is the evolution of his material, comedic timing and delivery are absolutely staggering with each passing special that he makes…..as he already reached the level of George Carlin & Richard Pryor a long time ago…..and his style is completely unique to him…..for you just can’t copy him…..while being evidenced in the video below wherein he gives you all of this lead-in story for a freaking trans joke, this is just too much…..as he gets you to lower your guards and immerses us into his story only for the end to be a complete punch in our faces!





Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage at the Lincoln Theater, Washington, DC – 2023 – A Netflix Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  The Dreamer” – As Dave Tells A Hilarious Jim Carrey Story




In June 2005, Chappelle performed impromptu stand-up shows in Los Angeles…..then went on a tour that began in Newport, Kentucky, not far from his Ohio home…..when on May 11, 2006, he made a prearranged, but quietly marketed, surprise appearance at Towson University’s annual Tigerfest celebration.  He made another appearance on HBO’s Def Poetry…..where he performed two poems, titled “Fuck Ashton Kutcher” and “How I Got the Lead on Jeopardy!”  In an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on February 3, 2006, Chappelle explained his reasons for quitting  Chappelle’s Show.  He also expressed his contempt for the entertainment industry’s tone-deafness regarding black entertainers and audiences, “When I see that they put every black man in the movies in a dress at some point in their career, I start connecting the dots”.





Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage at HBO’s Def Comedy Jam – 2005 – A HBO Production Special – Dave Chappelle:  Performing “Fuck Ashton Kutcher” and “How I Got the Lead on Jeopardy!”                              




Comedy – Comedy Central Presents Chappelle’s Show” – 2005 – A Comedy Central Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  In Dave Gets Oprah Pregnant”




Comedy – Dave Chappelle Full Episode Biography – 2006 – A Biography Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  Why The Comedy Legend Walked Away From $50 Million Dollars”                                                            



Chappelle was interviewed for Inside the Actors Studio on December 18, 2005, at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts…..when the show premiered on February 12, 2006…..when Chappelle said 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”.                                                                




Talk Shows & Comedy – Dave Chappelle Interview With James Lipton on Inside The Actors Studio (Full Interview) – 2005 – A BoomzNshhh Production Special – A Look Back On When Hilarious, Insightful and Intelligent Comedian Dave Chappelle Was Interviewed by James Lipton’s On His Show




Chappelle said that he felt some of his sketches were “socially irresponsible.” …..that’s when he singled out the “pixie sketch” in which pixies appear to people and encourage them to reinforce stereotypes of their races.  In the sketch, Chappelle is wearing blackface and is dressed as a character in a minstrel show.  According to Chappelle, a white crew member laughed during its filming in a way that made him uncomfortable, saying “It was the first time I felt that someone was not laughing with me but laughing at me.” During this time, Chappelle did not rule out returning to Chappelle’s Show to “finish what we started,”…..but promised that he would not return without changes to the production, such as a better working environment.  He wanted to donate half of the DVD sales to charity.  Chappelle expressed disdain at the possibility of his material from the unfinished third season being aired, saying that to do so would be “a bully move”…..and that he would not return to the show if Comedy Central were to air the unfinished material.  On July 9, 2006, Comedy Central aired the first episode of Chappelle’s Show: The Lost Episodes. After the DVD release, Chappelle was interviewed by Anderson Cooper on CNN and reiterated he would not return to Chappelle’s Show. An uncensored DVD release of the episodes was made available on July 25th.





Comedy & News – Chappelle’s Show Lost Episode E1.avi – 2006 – A Keith Kaczenski Production Special – News 3 Hip Hop Break – “Chuck Taylor Reports On TRON Being Attacked By Rappa Method Man”




Comedy – Chappelle’s Show Byahhhhhh Lost Episodes – 2006 – A Sharod W Production Special – Chappelle’s Show:   “Dave’s Way of Delivering Byahhhhhh Like Howard Dean Did On the 2004 US Presidential Trail”




Talk Shows & Comedy – 2022 – The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast Production Special – Dave Chappelle: on Getting the Rights to “Chappelle’s Show”




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 stand-up comedy.  In April 2007, Chappelle set a stand-up endurance record at the Laugh Factory Sunset Strip comedy club…..while beating comedian Dane Cook’s record of three hours and 50 minutes…..then in December of the same year, Chappelle broke his own record with a time of six hours and 12 minutes…..but Cook reclaimed the record in January 2008, with a time of seven hours.  On November 19, 2009, Chappelle performed at the Laugh Factory again…..where it was speculated that he would attempt to take back the record…..however, according to the club owner, he was disqualified 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 interviewed the show’s usual host, James Lipton…..when the episode aired on November 11, 2008.  He appeared again on Inside the Actors Studio in 2013, for its 250th episode.  In February 2009, Chappelle did a four-hour set at Comic Strip Live in New York.  In August 2011, Chappelle appeared at Comedy Jam in San Francisco.                  




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage at The Laugh Factory – 2007 – A Dave Chappelle Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  I’m Not Taking Advice From A Convict” – While Breaking His Own Record With A 6 Hour 12 Minute Continuous Stand-Up Routine 




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage at The Laugh Factory – 2007 – A Dave Chappelle Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  Man Rape” – While Breaking His Own Record With A 6 Hour 12 Minute Continuous Stand-Up Routine




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage at Kojo’s Comedy Funhouse in London – 2007 – A Dave Chappelle Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  Impromptu Visit Routine”




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage at The Comic Stip in London – 2009 – A Dave Chappelle Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  Extended Routine for 3 Hrs 42 Minutes”




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage at The Laugh Factory – 2007 – A Dave Chappelle Production Special – “Dave Chappelle: Kramer” – While Breaking His Own Record With A 6 Hour 12 Minute Continuous Stand-Up Routine                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       



In August 2013, Chappelle returned to full-time touring stand-up, as a headliner, when he was featured during the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity festival. Sponsored by Funny or Die, Chappelle co-headlined with comedy act Flight of the Conchords…..when during a stop in Hartford, Chappelle walked off the stage due to heckling from the crowd that lasted throughout his entire performance…..as the heckling was so raucous that it drowned out Chappelle’s voice over the P.A. system…..and included chants of “White Power”, a line used in a Chappelle’s Show episode, that was viewed as wildly uncalled-for and out-of-context by other audience members who later wrote about the event.  A few days later, Chappelle stopped in Chicago for a performance. The comedy website ComedyHype.com acquired and released audio of him on stage responding to the heckling. Chappelle referenced the Hartford incident, stating that “young, white, alcoholic[s]” 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 standing ovations during his set.                                                  




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage – 2023 – A Comedy Is Here Production Special – “Dave Chappelle – On Will Smith & Chris Rock Oscar Slap…..a Boxing Pussy, A CSI Episode and Gay People”                                           



In June 2014, Chappelle made his first major New York City appearance in eleven years, performing ten nights at Radio City Music Hall.  Chappelle promoted the dates by appearing on The Today ShowThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Show with David Letterman.  In 2015, Chappelle appeared in the Spike Lee film Chi-Raq…..which was his 1st film role in 13 years.                                                                                                                                             




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage at Radio City Music Hall – 2014 – A indianspice Production Special – “Dave Chappelle + The Roots: 10 Minute Stand Up Routine”




Comedy & Movies – Movie Clips – From the Spike Lee Movie “Chi-Raq” – 2015 – A Rotten Tomatoes Coming Soon Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  Talks Trash To The Heavies” – Best Scene From the Movie




On November 12, 2016, Chappelle made his hosting debut on Saturday Night Live the Weekend of Donald Trump winning the 2016 presidential election…..as the show also featured A Tribe Called Quest as the musical guest.  In his opening monologue, Chappelle tackled Trumpand the election head on…..and ended his monologue by stating, “I’m wishing Donald Trump luck, and I’m going to give him a chance, and we the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one too.”  His performance on SNL received widespread acclaim from critics and audiences alike.  At the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, he received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance.  He donated the Emmy to his former high school while filming an episode of Jerry Seinfeld‘s Netflix series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Season 10, Episode 2: “Nobody Says ‘I Wish I Had A Camera!”





Comedy – Stand Up – Saturday Night Live – 2016 – A Saturday Night Live Production Special – “Dave Chappelle’s Opening Monologue”




Comedy – Dave Chapelle Skit – Saturday Night Live – 2016 – A Saturday Night Live Production Special – “Dave Chappelle: US Presidential Election Night 2016….A Historic Night”




Comedy – Dave Chapelle Skit – Saturday Night Live – 2016 – A Saturday Night Live Production Special –
A Bartender Witnesses the unfortunate hookup between Sheila Sovage (Kate McKinnon) and Corey Dipships (Dave Chappelle)




Comedy – Dave Chapelle Skit – Saturday Night Live – 2016 – A Saturday Night Live Production Special –
Dave Chappelle:  Football Party”
– Featuring Kenan Thompson + Colin Jost + Pete Davidson + James Austin Johnson




On November 21, 2016, Netflix announced that they would be releasing three new stand-up comedy specials from Chappelle in 2017…..with Chappelle being paid $20 million per special.  The 1st two specials were released on Netflix on March 21, 2017…..and hail directly from Chappelle’s personal comedy vault…..whereas, “Deep in the Heart of Texas” was filmed at Austin City Limits Live in April 2015…..and “The Age of Spin” which was filmed at the Hollywood Palladium in March 2016.  The specials marked the Chappelle’s 1st concert specials released in 12 years…..and proved to be an immediate success…..as Netflix announced a month later that they were the most viewed comedy specials in Netflix’s history.                                                                     




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage at Austin City Limits, Austin, TX – 2017 – A Netflix Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  Deep in the Heart of Texas” – As Dave Spins Everyday Stories Into Very Funny Moments




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage at Austin City Limits, Austin, TX – 2017 – A Netflix Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  The Age of Spin” – As Dave Was Almost Arrested By the Cops




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage at Hollywood Paladium in Los Angeles – 2017 – A Netflix Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  The Age of Spin” – On My Wife Had Lots of Gay Friends




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage at Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles – 2017 – A Netflix Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  The Age of Spin” – On Superhero Dave                                                 




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage at Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles – 2017 – A Netflix Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  The Age of Spin” – On The 2nd Time I Met OJ Simpson & Gay Vs. Asian                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


The 3rd special, Equanimity, was filmed in September 2017 at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C……and then on November 20, 2017, Chappelle filmed a fourth special, The Bird Revelation, at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles…..when on December 22, 2017, Netflix announced the expansion of the deal to include The Bird Revelation…..which was released with Equanimity on December 31st, 2017.                                                                             




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC – 2017 – A Netflix Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  Equanimity (Entire Show)” – On Everything I Say Upsets Somebody




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles – 2017 – A Netflix Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  The Bird Revelations (Entire Show)” – On Everything Is Funny Until It Happens To You




In January 2018 at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, Chappelle received a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for his 1st two 2017 specials The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas.  In September 2018, Chappelle’s Equanimity special received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded).  In October 2018, Chappelle returned to the big screen as “Noodles”, Jackson Maine’s best friend and retired musician in Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, a remake of A Star Is Born…..as the film was a massive critical and commercial success…..when he was nominated along with the cast for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Cast in a Motion Picture.  In 2018, Chappelle and Jon Stewart joined forces for a duo comedy tour in the United States…..and across the United Kingdom.  He has also collaborated with Aziz Ansari for three stand-up shows in Austin, Texas, at the Paramount Theater.                                                                                                              




Movie Clips – From the Movie A Star Is Born – 2018 – A Flix & Clips Production Special – “Every Dave Chappelle Scene as Noodles in the Movie With Jack (Bradley Cooper) and Ally (Lady Gaga)”                                                             



In February 2019, Chappelle was nominated for and won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for Equanimity and Bird RevelationAs seen in the video, it’s a good feeling to hear Dave Chappelle express his feelings because you can hear the hurt in his voice…..cuz if anyone deserves to be free from the greed of Hollywood it’s Dave Chappelle…..as he does nothing but produce the funniest content in the history of comedy.                                                




 Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage – 2021 – A Daily Dose Comedy Production Special – “Dave Chappelle Unforgiven: While Exposing Comedy Central”                                                                                                                                                                       



In 2019, Chappelle was chosen to receive the annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor presented by The Kennedy Center…..when President of the Kennedy Center Deborah Rutter stated “Dave is the embodiment of Mark Twain’s observation that ‘against the assault of humor, nothing can stand’… and for three decades, Dave has challenged us to see hot-button issues from his entirely original yet relatable experience.”  The set of people honoring Chappelle included Jon Stewart, Bradley Cooper, Morgan Freeman, Lorne Michaels, Tiffany Haddish, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman, Neal Brennan, Q-Tip, Mos Def, John Legend, Frederic Yonnet, Erykah Badu, Common, SNL cast members Kenan Thompson, Michael Che and Colin Jost, as well as Eddie Murphy…..as the Prize was awarded at the Kennedy Center gala on October 27, 2019…..and the ceremony was broadcast on PBS January 7, 2020. The Mayor of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, declared the day of the award ceremony “Dave Chappelle Day” in Washington, D.C.                                        




Comedy & Awards Show – The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Presentation Live at the Kennedy Center – 2019 – A Kennedy Center Production Special – “Dave Chappelle: Acceptance Speech for Winning The Mark Twain Prize”                                                                                                                                                                                    



On August 26, 2019, Chappelle’s 5th Netflix special, Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones, was released…..when the special garnered controversy…..while receiving an average score of 5.70 from Rotten Tomatoes critics…..and backlash for jokes about abuse allegations against singers Michael Jackson and R. Kelly…..as well as for jokes about the LGBT community and cancel culture.  The following year, Sticks & Stones won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.                                                                                                                                        




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage – 2019 – A Daily Dose Comedy Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  Stand Up Routine Before the 2020 US Presidential Election” Along With a Q&A With His Audience Which Is Golden




On June 12, 2020, Netflix released 8:46, a 27-minute and 20-second video of newly recorded stand-up by Chappelle on the YouTube channel “Netflix Is a Joke”…..after the private event was held outdoors on June 6, 2020, in Yellow Springs, Ohio…..where audience members observed social distancing rules and wore masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The title was chosen in reference to the 8 minutes and 46 seconds that police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck of George Floyd, a black man, murdering him.  Chappelle touches on Floyd’s murder and subsequent protests and takes aim at Don Lemon, Laura Ingraham and Candace Owens.                                                                              




Comedy – Netflix Special – Dave Chappelle’s 8:46 (Entire Show)  – 2020 – A Netflix Is A Joke
Production Special – “Dave Chappelle On Death of George Floyd:  This Is Not a Special…..But Rather an Impromptu Purging of Feelings and Thoughts Delivered by Dave”                                                                                         



Expanding on the concept of the socially distanced comedy presentation….. while beginning with a pair of performances in late June 2020…..and officially kicking off with a 4th of July celebration, “Chappelle and friends” hosted what became known as “Chappelle Summer Camp”…..which brought live performances to a masked, socially distanced audience at Wirrig Pavilion, in Yellow Springs, Ohio.  These shows featured regular performances from comedians Michelle Wolf, Mohammed Amer and Donnell Rawlings…..as well as Chappelle’s tour DJ, DJ Trauma…..and frequent special guests including Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, Louis CK, Sarah Silverman, David Letterman, Bill Burr, Michael Che, Brian Regan, Chris Tucker, Kevin Hart, Ali Wong, Trevor Noah, Tiffany Haddish…..with musical guests John Mayer, Common, and many others.  After several shows in July, some issues arose from neighbors’ complaints of noise and disturbances, local zoning officials granted a special variance allowing the performances to continue through October 4, 2020.  The Chappelle Summer Camp series of shows ended suddenly September 25, 2020…..when Elaine Chappelle announced in a closed Facebook fan group that there had been a possible COVID-19 exposure in their inner circle…..and all further performances were canceled.




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage – 2022 – A Laugh Up Club Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  Stand Up That Routine Completely Destroys Cancel Culture for 8 Minutes Straight”                                                                  



Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage – 2022 – A Laugh Up Club Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  Doing Comedy on LGBTQ for 13 Minutes Straight”                                                                                               



It was announced that Chappelle would return to host Saturday Night Live the weekend of the 2020 United States presidential election…..which was his 2nd time giving a post-presidential election monologue…..when due to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the vote count, the results were delayed and announced earlier that Saturday.  In response to unfounded allegations that Joe Biden’s presidency had been stolen from Donald Trump, Chappelle’s offered jokes ranging from Trump’s handling of the pandemic to his resulting legacy…..and the political future of the United States, in his 16-minute opening monologue:  “Everyone know how that feels.  But here’s the difference between me and you:  You guys hate each other for that, and I don’t hate anybody.  I just hate that feeling.  That’s what I fight through. That’s what I suggest you fight through.  You’ve got to find a way to live your life.  You’ve got to find a way to forgive each other.  You’ve got to find a way to find joy in your existence in spite of that feeling.”  Critics and audiences praised the monologue describing it as “scathing”, “illuminating”, and “powerful.”                                                                                                                                         




Comedy – Saturday Night Live -2020 – An Saturday Night Live Production Special – “Dave Chappelle’s Opening Monologue” – As He Talks About the 2020 US Presidential Election, COVID-19 and Donald Trump




In December 2020, Chappelle’s company, Iron Table Holdings purchased a fire station near his Yellow Springs, Ohio, home…..with plans to convert it into a comedy club…..when he also retrofitted a mechanic’s garage in the same village into a clubhouse, and dubbed it “The Shack”, for podcasting.                                               




News & Comedy – Dayton Daily News Special Report – 2020 – A Điện ảnh Production Special – “Dave Chappelle Set To Turn Ohio Firehouse Into Comedy Club” – As Fire Station in Yellow Springs, Ohio Will Be Sold and Turned Into a Comedy Club That Will Seat 140 people




On October 5, 2021, Chappelle starred in his 6th Netflix special The Closer….. where Chappelle made jokes about gay and transgender people, particularly transgender women, that some considered transphobic.  Simultaneously, Chappelle argued that he was not anti-transgender, bringing up his opposition to North Carolina’s anti-transgender bathroom laws and his friendship with the late Daphne Dorman.  The special was met with some backlash, including from students of Chappelle’s alma mater Duke Ellington School.  On October 20, Netflix employees organized a walkout demonstrating their support of the transgender community…..and demanded that The Closer be taken off of Netflix.  CEO Ted Sarandos acknowledged that “storytelling has real impact in the real world”…..but refused to take down the special…..while stating that he “does not believe it falls into hate speech.”  In November 2021, Saturday Night Live lampooned the controversy during its Weekend Update segment, stating, “A Washington D.C. art school is postponing renaming its theater, after alumni Dave Chappelle’s Netflix controversy.  Well, of course, because God forbid, you should name a building after someone problematic in Washington D.C.”  In summer of 2022, Chappelle announced that he would not give his name to the Duke Ellington School theater, instead insisting it should be named the Theater for Artistic Freedom and Expression.                                                                                                                                                                                                     




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage in Detroit – 2022 – A Netflix Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  The Closer (Entire Show)” – On All Things LGBTQ




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage in Detroit – 2022 – A Netflix Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  The Closer (Entire Show)” – Dave Chappelle Meets Daphne Dorman Transgender




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live on Stage in Detroit – 2022 – A Netflix Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  The Closer” – Dave Chappelle On The Feminist                                                                                                



Dave Chappelle: Live in Real Life, a documentary covering Chappelle’s concerts in Yellow Springs during the COVID-19 pandemic, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in June 2021, followed by a series of roadshow events in the United States and Canada and a limited theatrical release on November 19, 2021.                                                                                                                                      




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live at Stubbs BBQ – 2022 – A Netflix Is A Joke Production Special – “Dave Chappelle: Redemption Song” – A Funny Powerful Message To The World                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                



In the early hours of May 4, 2022, Chappelle was performing at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California, as part of the Netflix is a Joke Fest…..where he was tackled onstage by a member of the audience….. who was swiftly subdued by security…..as the attacker was later found to have been armed with a replica handgun containing a knife blade. Chappelle’s 4-night stint at the Hollywood Bowl ties him with Monty Python for the most headlined shows by a comedian at the venue.                                                                                               




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA – 2022 – A TMZ Production Special – “Dave Chappelle: Tackled, Slammed on Stage at Hollywood Bowl by Man With Knife that Looked Like a Gun”




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA – 2022 – A TMS Production Special – “Dave Chappelle: Tackled, Slammed on Stage at Hollywood Bowl by Man With Knife that Looked Like a Gun”                                                                                                                                                                                        



On November 12, 2022, Chappelle hosted Saturday Night Live for the 3rd time.  On February 5, 2023, he received his 4th Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for The Closer.                                                                                                                 




Awards Show & Comedy – The Mark Twain Prize Award For American Humor – 2019 – A Kennedy Center Production Special – “Jon Stewart On Dave Chappelle” – On Night Chappelle Won The Mark Twain Prize                   



On December 31, 2023 Netflix released Chappelle’s latest special, The Dreamer…..which debuted at # 5 on the chart with 2.2 million views.                             




Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live In Detroit, MI – 2023 – A Netflix Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  Dreamers Closing Joke” – Done As Only Dave Chappelle Can Do




In his interview with Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton, he said that his biggest influences in comedy are Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Mort Sahl, Chris Rock, Paul Mooney, and Mel Blanc.  When asked about his earliest influence in comedy, Chappelle said: “You know who was a big influence on me that is really weird is Bugs Bunny…..which is just weird…..but if you watch a lot of the stuff I do, you can almost see the influence in it, because these animators would animate these performances that were off the hook, and the guy that did the voices was Mel Blanc.  This guy was like some kind of savant or genius or something.  But the had some kind of real big comedic influence on me, like, I liked those cartoons…..and I think that was my 1st real big comedy influence, was a rabbit.” 





Comedy – Stand Up – Dave Chappelle Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA – 2022 – A Daily Mail Production Special – “Chris Rock Asks Dave Chappelle If It Was Will Smith Who Tackled, Slammed Him on Stage at Hollywood Bowl”




When asked about the biggest influence on him in comedy, Chappelle spoke of Richard Pryor:  “What a precedent he set.  Not just as a comic, but as a dude.  The fact that someone was able to open themselves wide-open like that.  It’s so hard to talk in front of people or to open yourself up to your closest friends.  But to open yourself up for everybody: I freebase, I beat my women, I shot my car. And nobody’s mad at Richard for that.  They understand.  Somehow they just understand.  And when I was going through this thing this year, that is the example I would think to myself that gave me the courage to just go back on the stage.”





Comedy – Dave Chappelle – Stand Up – 2021 – A Daily Dose Comedy Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  8 of His Funniest Jokes”




Chappelle has received many awards and nominations for his work in stand-up and television including three consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album…..while receiving five Primetime Emmy Awards and one Screen Actors Guild Award nomination along with the ensemble of A Star Is Born.





Comedy & Awards Show – Byron Allen Presents The Grio Awards – 2023 – A Comedy Maniac Production Special – “Dave Chappelle: The Cultural Icon Award Acceptance Speech




Comedy & Awards Show – The 60th Grammy Awards – 2023 – A Recording Academy / GRAMMYs
Production Special – “Dave Chappelle: Acceptance Speech For Best Comedy Album Grammy Win”




Comedy & Awards Show – TheEmmy Awards – 2020 – A Daily Dose Comedy Production Special –  “Dave Chappelle’s Bad Ass Acceptance Speech For Best Comedy Show”                                                                                                                                                                                                               



In 2017, Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Steven Benjamin declared February 3 “Dave Chappelle Day” when Chappelle spoke at the Chappelle Auditorium at Allen University, a building named after his great-grandfather, Bishop William David Chappelle, who worked at the university.                                                                                                                                                    




Comedy – Dave Chappelle – Stand Up – 2021 – A Netflix Is A Joke Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  Gives A Powerful History Lesson




In 2019, Chappelle was awarded the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.  Those to honor Chappelle at the event included Jon Stewart, Bradley Cooper, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman, Chris Tucker, Frederic Yonnet and Lorne Michaels. The award ceremony was turned into a television special and released on Netflix and received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) nomination.                                                                                                                   




Awards Show & Comedy – The Mark Twain Prize For American Humor Show – 2019 – A The Kennedy Center Production Special – “Jon Stewart on Winner Dave Chappelle”




His work, as well as that of Margaret Cho, was also the subject of a book by Canadian dramaturg Elizabeth Ludwig, American Stand-Up and Sketch Comedy, that was published at the end of 2010.  In 2004, he donated his time to Seeds of Peace International Camp, a camp located in Otisfield, Maine, which brings together young leaders from communities in conflict.                                                      




Comedy – Dave Chappelle – Stand Up – 2021 – A Netflix Is A Joke Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  Gives A Powerful History Lesson




Chappelle supports his high school, Duke Ellington School of the Arts. He has financially contributed to the school over the years, visited and gave a commencement speech.  During his acceptance speech at the 2017 Emmy Awards, Chappelle gave a shout-out to D.C. Public Schools.  In November 2021, the school was set to rename their auditorium in Chappelle’s honor. Following controversy in response to jokes made in The Closer, the renaming ceremony was delayed until April 2022.  Instead, Chappelle made an unannounced stop at the school to host a school assembly and Q&A session, asking only students who had an issue with Chappelle to come forward to ask questions.  Following the assembly, the school decided to go forward with renaming the auditorium, respecting the wishes of school co-founder Peggy Cooper Cafritz.





Comedy – Special Roundtable Discussion With Dave Chappelle + Dave Letterman + Adam Sandler + Conan O’Brien + David Spade – 2022 – A Lord Biff Talking To The People Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  Talks About His Love and Respect For Norm Macdonald” 




In December 2021, Chappelle told the Yellow Springs, Ohio, village council that he would cancel his planned business investments, including his restaurant and comedy club, if it approved a zoning change to allow a multifamily affordable housing project.  The affordable housing had been negotiated between the village and the developer as a condition of approval for its plan to build 143 single-unit homes.  On February 7, 2022, he again spoke up against the zoning change at the council meeting held to vote on the approval, calling the council “clowns” and reminding them that his business was worth $65 million a year.  The council failed to approve the change, deadlocking at 2–2, with one recusal.  He has also criticized the city of San Francisco in a stand-up.                                                                                                                                                                      




Talk Shows & Comedy – The Late Show With Stephen Colbert With Guest Dave Chappelle – 2017 – A Late Show With Stephen Colbert Production Special – “Dave Chappelle: On His Having Spoken Up At A Town Hall In Yellow Springs, Ohio”




Chappelle married Elaine Mendoza Erfe in 2001…..as the couple have two sons, and one daughter…..and they live on a 65-acre (26-hectare) farm near Yellow Springs, Ohio.  He 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                

Comedy – Dave Chappelle Documentary – 2021 – A Clutch 15 Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  Live in Real Life” – A Compilation of Clips That Tell the Story of the Legend of Dave Chappelle                                       


Chappelle converted to Islam when he was 17. He told Time magazine 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.”  Chappelle appears in a video explaining the religious history of the Well of Zamzam in Mecca.  He has also explained that his faith helped him use his career to benefit people.                                                                                                                                                             




Comedy – Interview – 2021 – A Dave Letterman Production Special – “Dave Chappelle on Being Muslim” – Responses To Dave Letterman Questions




His great-grandfather Bishop William D. Chappelle, born into slavery in 1857, served as a president of Allen University and led a delegation of African Americans who met President Woodrow Wilson at the White House. His great-great-grandfather Robert J. Palmer was a member of the South Carolina Legislature, then majority black, during Reconstruction.  His grand-uncle W. D. Chappelle Jr. was a physician and surgeon who opened the People’s Infirmary around 1915, a small hospital and surgery practice in Columbia, South Carolina, during a time when segregation prevented many African Americans from having access to healthcare.                                                      




Comedy – Short Film – 2003 – A Comedy Central Production Special – “Chappelle’s Show: The Niggar Family”                                                                                                                                                                                          









Robin Hood: Men in Tights


Undercover Blues



Getting In



The Nutty Professor

Reggie Warrington

Joe’s Apartment

Cockroach (voice)


Con Air

Joe “Pinball” Parker

The Real Blonde


Damn Whitey



Bowl of Pork

Black Forrest Gump



Half Baked

Thurgood Jenkins/Sir Smoke-a-Lot



You’ve Got Mail

Kevin Jackson


200 Cigarettes

Disco Cabbie

Blue Streak




Rusty P. Hayes


Undercover Brother

Conspiracy Brother





A Star Is Born

George ‘Noodles’ Stone

Movie & Comedy – From the Movie Screwed – Starring Dave Chappelle + Norm Macdonald – 2000 – A Youtube Videos Production Special – “Scene from the Interrogation and Investigation”







America’s Funniest People


Episode: “Pilot”


1/2 Hour Comedy Hour


Episode: “Episode #1.76”


An Evening at the Improv


Episode: “Episode #7.12” & “#10.1”


Def Comedy Jam


Episode: “Episode #2.4”


Just for Laughs


Episode: “Episode #8.0”


Def Comedy Jam


Episode: “Episode #4.9”

Home Improvement


Episode: “Talk to Me”


Where’s Elvis This Week?


Episode: “Episode #1.3”


Dave Carlisle

Main Cast



Episode: “Richard Pryor: Comic on the Edge”


Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist

Dave (voice)

Episode: “Electric Bike”

Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child

Spider (voice)

Episode: “Mother Goose”


The Larry Sanders Show


Episode: “Pilots and Pens Lost”

HBO Comedy Half-Hour


Episode: “Dave Chappelle”


Hollywood Squares


Recurring Panelist


Def Poetry Jam


Episode: “Episode #1.4”

Crank Yankers

Shavin (voice)

Episode: “Wu-Tang Clan”


Wanda at Large


Episode: “The Favor”


Chappelle’s Show


Main Host


Just for Laughs


Episode: “February 16, 2005”

Def Poetry Jam


Episode: “Episode #5.1”




Episode: “Dave Chappelle”



Episode: “Dave Chappelle & Maya Angelou”


Crank Yankers

Francis (voice)

Episode: “Episode #4.5”


Inside the Actors Studio


Episode: “Dave Chappelle”


Laugh Factory


Recurring Guest


Unsung Hollywood


Episode: “Dick Gregory”


Project Dad


Episode: “Dads Take Charge”


Saturday Night Live


Recurring Guest


Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee


Episode: Dave Chappelle: Nobody Says, “I Wish I Had a Camera”


The Midnight Miracle


Main Host


Phat Tuesdays: The Era Of Hip Hop Comedy


Main Guest

Comedy & Talk Shows – Dave Chappelle Compilation – Late Night With David Letterman – 1994 To 2014 – A Late Night With Letterman Production Special – “Dave Chappelle – Compilation of 8 Appearances Over 20 Years”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Music Video







De La Soul featuring Redman



Music & Comedy – Official Video – 2009 – A wurdapartyzatXP Production Special – Dave Chappelle: Performs “Pee On You” – Absolutely Hillarious!!

Stand-up specials







Killin’ Them Softly


Stand-up comedy



For What It’s Worth




The Age of Spin



Deep in the Heart of Texas



The Bird Revelation


Sticks & Stones





Performance speech






Redemption Song


The Closer


Stand-up comedy



What’s in a Name?

Acceptance speech



The Dreamer

Stand-up comedy


Comedy – Dave Chappelle – Stand Up – 2021 – A Netflix Is A Joke Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  On the Jussie Smollett Incident





Open Mic


Richard Pryor: I Ain’t Dead Yet


Sex and the City: A Farewell


Dave Chappelle’s Block Party


Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy


Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic


Def Comedy Jam 25




Devil’s Pie


The One and Only Dick Gregory

Dave Chappelle: Live in Real Life




Comedy – Special – 2021 – A Comedy Gems Production Special – “Comedians About Dave Chappelle” – As Eddie Murphy + Kevin Hart + Chris Rock + Bill Burr + Trevor Noah + Joe Rogan All Pontificate About Dave Chappelle                                                                                                                                                                                                    



Live albums




8: 46

(with Amir Sulaiman)

  • Released: September 3, 2021

  • Label: Third Man

  • Format: LP, digital download, streaming




Comedy – Stand-Up – Documentary – 2023 – A Patrick Cc: Production Special – Dave Chappelle Refuses To Be Silenced”                                                                                                                                                                                                                  



It is virtually impossible to bring this post to a close…..for the simple reason that Dave Chappelle is only 51 years old as of the end of January 2024…..so, quite possibly he has another half of his life here on Earth to go…..and when you consider that most comedy, especially stand-up comedians, don’t even reach the G.O.A.T status until they are dead and gone…..or reach their 80’s and beyond…..which means that Chappelle has another 35 years to go on stage…..and since he is Muslim and doesn’t do any alcohol or drugs…..then most likely he will still be here in performing in 2065…..so, there is absolutely no reason to think that his story is over.   With this in mind, I am sure that this post will need to be updated at some point in the distant future.  The truth be known, I’m just learning about Dave Chapelle…..as I never really paid much attention to him or his comedy over the past 24 year of living in Mexico…..but suffice to say,  I am blown away by his openness, his honesty and incredible talent as a story teller.  I cannot compare him to any past nor present comedian, he is unique, and so is his VOICE…..as this man has no malice, he pokes fun at the singularities of the races, cultures and choices we make.  The fact he’s been doing comedy since he was fourteen…..I mean, at that age, he was a child working in a wise man’s world and holding his own…..while remaining relevant, building a life of substance, respect, purpose and ethical conviction is what makes him the at the top of the  G.O.A.T. list……with not one scandal, not one overdose, no divorce, a father, a man’s man and unapologetically genuine in presenting himself to the world. Dave is still today asserting his right, as he should, to express comedic thought wherever it may take him…..while he is not pro or anti anything…..as one of the last ones out there that refuses to bend the knee.  I don’t feel he has ever been out for blood or to hurt people on purpose.  He always tells the truth and tries to make it go down easy for the rest of us with his specific unique humor.  Even then, there’s always somehow a quiet tone of acknowledgment for the sadness within the subject that needs the added humor to be palatable…..but unlike some who have been taken from us, he has managed to keep telling the truth…..albeit, you can feel he is sad and angry at how much has happened in the industry that employs him…..as it seems that the world is starting to learn the truth about that, just how bad it’s really been all this time…..and it seems it still is.  As with almost all comedians, they say things that could offend large groups of people…..but Dave Chappelle is a comic genuis of the highest order in the way he sets up his jokes and delivers truly hilarious punchlines.  This man had his audiences in the palm of his hand…..whether it was for 18 minutes or 3+ hours with masterful storytelling…..and it doesn’t matter if they’re jokes or he’s relating a life lesson learned the hard way…..Chapelle is a legend.  Dave Chappelle isn’t just the funniest comedian ever, he’s quite possibly the wisest….. absolute legend…..who isn’t just a master comedian…..but also he’s an masterful rhetorician…..cuz this cat can tells stories at such a high level….. with perfect timing, pauses, inflection… I mean, its incredible…..and his  audiences are captivated. If the story had lasted an hour, they would have likely have been just as invested, too  “I am doing something nobody else in this business has the balls to do”……this is why Dave Chappelle is a legend.  Dave can be almost simple at times, but then he can tell a story where you get a glimpse of how intelligent and thoughtful he really is…..which was learned from his friend, Norm Macdonald…..in the way they play dumb at times.  Dave’s interviews contained life-changing material for me…..within my perspectives on conversations, discourse, and dialog.  Absolutely a legend this man is.  You laugh and you learn at the same time…..cuz he has such a way that he tells his stories.  I’ve loved how he speaks on situations that happened to him….. and how all his comedy seems to make a cohesive story.  There is no doubt that the world nowadays needs more Dave Chappelles…..cuz we need more voices of truth.  He’s always been a comedy icon and someone who had a taste of fame and chose to remain normal …..which grades real high around these parts…. Kudos to him!!  I’ve said it before, Chapelle can be brilliant in his simplicity…. but a simple mind cannot untangle his brilliance.  Comedians tell the truth….they just make it sound funny…..but Chappelle pushes the limits…..and the ones who need limits hate him for exposing them with his genius insights…..if I can’t piss on my fans I don’t want to be famous. “ITS WHY I JOINED THE GAME BABY!” Legendary Comic!  He turned down 50 million dollars…..so, it isn’t money he wants….. instead, he left to South Africa for almost 7 years without telling anyone …..which means he doesn’t want fame…..plus, he ignores world renown celebrities…..and only speaks with those who approach him…..and what’s more, he doesn’t want influence.  One of my personal favorite things about him is that Dave recently showed the world with logic and sense how stupid cancel culture is…..for I remember when back at the time of Def Comedy Jam…..when he would do street poetry…..after all, the man is the creation of two amazingly smart parents…..who did more for their communities than anyone trying to cancel him ever could…..and I would say he’s done more for the art form he loves and gave him his success than anyone else ever.  It has been a shame he had to take so much bullshit along the way…..but if you turn your woke ears off and listen to him, with your brain…..then you will realize that he’s dropping knowledge on you that you can’t get elsewhere….. which make me thankful for any and all content that humanizes Dave Chappelle….and not dwindling him down to his celebrity status.  Dave Chappelle is truly a comedic genius…..as it is like he is not even trying to make people laugh…..as few people have the ability to be funny effortlessly …..and Dave is one of the very few…..so, long live Dave Chappelle…..with hopes he keeps on keepin’ on producing for we the masses…..with eternal thankfulness that his story will continue.

Comedy – Inspirational Documentary – 2021 – A Goalcast Production Special – “Dave Chappelle:  On Being True To Yourself” – Discover How Racism Pushed Him Out of Show Business…..And Why It’s Fueling His Return


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