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Who is Dave Chappelle?

Born David Khari Webber Chappelle on the 24th August 1973 in Washington D.C. USA, Dave is a stand-up comedian and actor, who came to prominence through his comedy sketch series “Chappelle’s Show”, aired on Comedy Central. Since then he has gone on to tour the USA and is currently promoting his Netflix special.

Dave Chappelle’s Background

Dave is the youngest child of William Davide Chappelle III, a professor at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and Yvonne K Chappelle Seon, who worked as a professor at Howard University, while also taking a position at the University of Maryland. Of African-American heritage, his great-grandfather was William D. Chappelle, an American educationalist and bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

When it comes to his education, Dave was a pupil at Woodlin Elementary School, and it was around this time that he started showcasing his comedy skills. After discovering such comedians as Eddie Murphy, and Richard Pryor, Dave became fully focused on comedy.  He studied theatre arts at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and soon after matriculating, he was off to New York City in pursuit of his career.

The Very First Public Appearance

He made his debut at the Apollo Theater during Amateur Night, and as with many others, was booed off stage. However, this only encouraged him to continue to pursue his dreams. He continued to work hard, and since then has become one of the most successful comedians.

Rise to Fame

In the mid- ‘90s, Dave attracted increasing attention for his work; being a flamboyant character helped him in a great way, but it wasn’t until the comedy film “The Nutty Professor” that he reached popularity. Appearing next to his role model, Eddie Murphy, following the success of the film, doors started opening for Dave, and before the ‘90s ended, he became a recognizable face. In 1998 he and Neal Brennan co-wrote the film “Half Baked”, now a classic, with Dave in the lead role and which became a box office hit, which also helped lift his net worth.

With the beginning of the new millennium, Dave started working with HBO, having his own special, but it was in 2003 that he reached stardom, when Comedy Central picked up “Chappelle’s Show”. Chappelle and his long-time collaborator Brennan created the show incorporating their sketch comedy skills. The show aired until 2006, but Dave left the show before its third season, since when Chappelle went on tour across the US, and also made several television appearances.

Extravagant Netlfix Deal for $60 Million

Thanks to his extreme popularity, Dave has come to terms with Netflix, signing a contract for three comedy specials, with a pay of $20 million for one special. So far, he has released two specials “Dave Chappelle: Equanimity”, and “Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation”, both in 2017.

Dave Chappelle Net Worth and Assets

Have you wondered how rich Dave Chappelle is? Well, thanks to his enormous success, Dave’s wealth is estimated at $42 million, as of early 2018. Aside from a considerable bank balance, Dave also owns a 65 acre estate near Yellow Springs, Ohio, and is the owner of a number of homes in Xenia, Ohio.

Is Dave a married man?

Since 2001, Dave has been married to Elaine Mendoza Efre, with whom he has three children – sons Ibrahim and Suleyman, and daughter Sanaa.


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