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Wikipedia Summary for Dave Chappelle

David Khari Webber Chappelle (born August 24, 1973) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and producer. With his incisive observations, he has been described as "poetically unfiltered and sociopolitically introspective, with an ability to illuminate and interrogate agonizing and poignant topics." Chappelle is the recipient of numerous accolades, including four Emmy Awards and three Grammy Awards as well as the Mark Twain Prize. He is known for his satirical comedy sketch series Chappelle's Show (2003–2006). The series, co-written with Neal Brennan, ran until Chappelle quit the show in the middle of production of the third season. After leaving the show, 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 No. 9 in their "50 Best Stand Up Comics of All Time".

Chappelle has appeared in several films, including Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), The Nutty Professor (1996), Con Air (1997), You've Got Mail (1998), Blue Streak (1999), Undercover Brother (2002), Chi-Raq (2015), and A Star Is Born (2018). His first lead role was in the 1998 comedy film Half Baked, which he co-wrote with Neal Brennan. Chappelle also starred in the ABC comedy series Buddies (1996).

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 & Deep in the Heart of Texas. Equanimity, another Netflix special featuring Chappelle, 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.

Because I was surrounded by so much negativity at some point that it took me going back and doing stand-up to realize, you know, people really like me.

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I have angst in my life, but I'm like anybody. We all have angst in our lives that we pick up and fidget with and then we put down and look at some other things that make us feel good or enjoy our lives.

--Dave Chappelle

I have all these weird fantasies. Going coast-to-coast on my motorcycle and having random barbecues all over America. No show, no nothing.

--Dave Chappelle

What that's allowed me to do is have a vantage point about my own life that's accessible to people still. I could see a guy walking down the street and be like, Even though I'm famous, I got more in common with this guy than, like, Brad Pitt.

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I'm Dave Chappelle and I'm a chronic masturbator.

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Dave! Relax! Close your buttcheeks!

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You can't get un-famous. You can get infamous, but you can't get un-famous.

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Once you been performing on the streets you can conquer any venue.

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Weed's not as bad as everything else... 'cause weed is a background substance. You know what I mean, you can smoke some herb and still function. You ain't crisp... but you'll function.

--Dave Chappelle

All white people talk about when they get high is other times that they got high.

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No matter how old you are, if a little kid hands you a toy phone... you answer it.

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Listen, here it is: Technically, I never quit. I'm seven years late for work.

--Dave Chappelle

Hey hey hey, smoke weed everyday.

--Dave Chappelle

Somebody broke into my house once, this is a good time to call the police, but mm mm, nope. The house was too nice. It was a real nice house, but they'd never believe i lived in it. They'd be like 'He's still here!

--Dave Chappelle

Why don't you click your heels three times and go back to Africa.

--Dave Chappelle

You've got to say 'yes' to your destiny. Life's happening right now, look around you. There goes some life. Come on, Mamma, live!

--Dave Chappelle

What is wrong with me i just bought a bag of weed from an infant.

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They do what they do for money -- that's all. I don't even know why you're listening to me. I've done commercials for both Coke and Pepsi. Truth is, I can't even taste the difference, but Pepsi paid me last, so there it is.

--Dave Chappelle

My kids look actually happy. And I learned early on that perfectionism and parenthood is a toxic combination for everybody involved. In other words, so many things can flourish naturally. All you gotta do is make sure the soil's right. I view myself more like a guide than a ruler.

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I always take a relationship to the next level. If that works out, I take it to the next level after that, until I finally reach that level when it becomes absolutely necessary for me to leave.

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For one year, I want to do this thing where I guest-star on as many television shows as I possibly can. I love television. The fact that television ultimately made me famous was very gratifying for me.

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Money is the fuel for choices. Money gives me choices, so it's not nothing, it's something. But it's not the end all, be all. There are other things in my life that I did not purchase with money that are very valuable.

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If I can make a teacher's salary doing comedy, I think that's better than being a teacher.

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Cause my life is dope, and I do dope sh*t.

--Dave Chappelle

I got married recently. So far, so good. Less sex than I expected, but other than that, it's a pretty good lifestyle.

--Dave Chappelle

I don't want anything bad to happen to the United States, but if North Korea ever drops a nuclear bomb on this country, I swear to God, I hope it lands in Hartford.

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I felt in a lot of instances I was deliberately being put through stress because when you're a guy who generates money, people have a vested interest in controlling you.

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The worst thing to call somebody is crazy. It's dismissive.

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Longer Version:

The worst thing to call somebody is crazy. It's dismissive. "I don't understand this person. So they're crazy." That's bullshit. These people are not crazy. They strong people. Maybe their environment is a little sick.


My father told me 'Name your price in the beginning. If it ever gets more expensive than the price you name, get out of there.'

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My generation is under-entertained.

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When I'm on stage, I get real happy there. Maybe that's the only time in my adult life I feel like myself.

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I'm famous today. People like me today. Might not like me tomorrow. You can't count on it.

--Dave Chappelle

After a while, a joke, if you say it too much, just becomes contrived, or fake-sounding.

--Dave Chappelle

Stand-up is the kind of gig that'll show you where you're at.

--Dave Chappelle

Whether it means having a show, or a movie, or just being on a stage, I need an avenue to say what I have to say.

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I was doing sketches that were funny but socially irresponsible. I felt I was deliberately being encouraged and I was overwhelmed.

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I've done 10 or 11 pilots for network television, which is ridiculous.

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I don't care if I ever work in TV again.

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I get a little heated when I talk about the past. But I wanted to be clear -- I'm not mad at anybody -- not anymore.

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The way the people around you position themselves around you to get in your pockets and in your mind is infuriating to me.

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My wife asked me once if I weren't a comedian what I would do. I couldn't answer the question. I never imagined doing anything else.

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I care about the work I do. But I'm not going to say that money's not an issue.

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I enjoy my own thoughts sometimes.

--Dave Chappelle

You know, be able to do something great in your life, you're gonna have to realize your failures. You're gonna have to embrace them and figure out how to overcome it.

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I want to tell my jokes. I want to have time with my children. I want to entertain people. And at one point, I'll walk away from show business. But I don't want to walk away empty-handed.

--Dave Chappelle

Fame for me is like a place, a country I'm taking a tour through.

--Dave Chappelle

I've been a comedian since I was fourteen. But I've never really been a CEO.

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One of the things that happens when people make the leap from a certain amount of money to tens of millions of dollars is that the people around you dramatically change.

--Dave Chappelle

You got to be careful of the company you keep.

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If you don't have the right people around you and you're moving at a million miles an hour you can lose yourself.

--Dave Chappelle

You can become famous but you can't become unfamous. You can become infamous but not unfamous.

--Dave Chappelle

I'm an introspective dude.

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I just always loved stand-up. It's like magic. You say something, and a whole room full of people laughs together. Say something else, they laugh again. The fact that people come to see that and participate in that... I don't know, it's just like magic.

--Dave Chappelle

I love being famous -- it's phenomenal.

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You know you must be doing something right if old people like you.

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There's a lot of people who don't want anything from me but to laugh and have a good time. You see them at the show and they like -- they dress up to come see your show and stuff. And they pack these auditoriums and it's a lot of fun, man. It's like, this is how I started, and it's still fun for me.

--Dave Chappelle

I think extreme sports are really good for relieving stress.

--Dave Chappelle

The language you are about to hear... is disturbing.

--Dave Chappelle

The world can't tell you who you are. You've just got to figure out who you are and be there, for better or worse.

--Dave Chappelle

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.

--Dave Chappelle

There's something about doing stand-up that's cathartic.

--Dave Chappelle

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