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Dave Chappelle        

Grammy Award-Winning Comedian and Actor; Known for "Chappelle's Show" & "Half Baked"

Dave Chappelle is an American comedian, screenwriter, television and film producer and actor. He began making appearances in films such as Robin Hood: Men In Tights and Half Baked in the mid-1990s. In 2003, Chappelle landed his own show on Comedy Central, "Chappelle's Show." He received two Emmy Award nominations for the wildly popular and controversial show, which frequently addressed race relations. In 2006, he abruptly quit the show and moved to a farm in Ohio, but he made a comeback in 2013.

As a high school student at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., Chappelle began a stand-up career. Because he was underage, his mother often had to accompany him to clubs as a legal guardian. Even at an early age, Chappelle's brand of humor was controversial, leading to frequent heckling-- he was even booed off stage during amateur night at New York's famous Apollo Theatre.

Chappelle decided to forgo college to start a stand-up career in New York City. By the early 1990s, he had begun earning accolades for his work in comedy. He became the youngest comedian to be featured on the HBO special "Comic Relief VI."

Chappelle began making appearances in more films in the '90s with more significant parts. He starred in "The Nutty Professor" in 1996, alongside Eddie Murphy, and made his way into three popular films in 1998-- "Woo," "You've Got Mail" and "Half Baked." From there, he filmed the immensely popular comedy special "Killin' Them Softly" in 2000, followed by the film "Undercover Brother" in 2002.

In 2003, Chappelle landed his own show on the Comedy Central cable network, entitled "Chappelle's Show." The provocative comedian not only gained the attention of popular TV personalities such as Oprah Winfrey and Inside the Actor's Studio's James Lipton, he was offered a massive TV deal from Comedy Central after only two seasons.

Chappelle's Show was about to begin its third season when Chappelle abruptly left during production in 2005. Unhappy with the direction the show had taken and pressured by network executives to change the tone of the comedic series, Chappelle left the United States to visit South Africa. Upon his return, he began living a more reclusive life, moving to Yellow Springs, Ohio, and making only a handful of public appearances.

In February 2013, to the surprise of many, Chappelle made a surprise appearance at the famed New York City comedy club The Comedy Cellar. Chappelle then headlined the Funny or Die Tour in 2013.

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 No. 9 in their "50 Best Stand Up Comics of All Time."

In 2016, he signed a $20 million-per-release comedy-special deal with Netflix and, as of 2019, he has released five standup specials under the deal.

Chappelle received his first Emmy Award in 2017 for his guest appearance on Saturday Night Live. In 2018, he received a Grammy Award for his Netflix-produced comedy album The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas. Equanimity, another Netflix special, was nominated in 2018 for three Emmys and received the award for Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded).

In 2019, Chappelle was selected to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, which is presented by the Kennedy Center as America's highest comedy honor. In 2020, Sticks & Stones earned Chappelle his third consecutive Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.


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