David Khari Webber Chappelle is a comedian and actor. He was born in Washington, D.C. on August 24, 1973.

Quick Info 

REAL NAMEDavid Khari Webber Chappelle
DATE OF BIRTHAugust 24, 1973
BIRTHPLACEWashington, D.C.
PROFESSIONComedian and Actor
NET WORTH$ 70 Million
HEIGHT5 Feet 11 Inches

Early Life

David Khari Webber Chappelle popularly known as Dave Chappelle was born in Washington, D.C. on August 24, 1973. Both of his parents were professors: Yvonne, the mother, taught at Howard University. And later the University of Maryland in addition to being a Unitarian minister. His Father William, taught at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. When Dave was six years old, his parents divorced, and he started to alternate between his parents’ houses. Between two places in Ohio and Washington.

Chappelle said he wanted to be a comedian after being inspired by comic Bill Cosby. Who was the star of the series named “The Cosby Show”. Chappelle started his stand-up career while a high school student. At the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. As a legal guardian, Dave’s mother was often required to go out with him to clubs because was underage. Chappelle was heckled a lot as a child because of his provocative humor. Finally, at the renowned Apollo Theatre in New York.  Dave was even jeered as he left the stage on an amateur night.

Net Worth

Dave Chappelle has an enormous $70 million fortune. His success in stand-up comedy specials, movies, and TV series brought a fortune.

Early Career

To pursue a comedy career, Dave relocated to New York City after graduating from high school. Despite being jeered off stage during his performance at the Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night. He managed to establish himself as a popular comedian in New York. 

Dave performed well and received praise from both the public and critics when he debuted on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam in 1992. He became a frequent guest on late-night television programs including Late Show with David Letterman, The Howard Stern Show, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Which marked a turning point in his pop culture. He played the stand-in role for Aretha Franklin at just 19 years old.

At the age of twenty, Chappelle made his feature debut in the Mel Brooks comedy “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” in 1993. Dave was cast in a few more movies, one of which being a cameo in Eddie Murphy‘s “The Nutty Professor” from 1996. In 1998, he co-wrote and co-starred in the stoner movie “Half Baked.”

Chappelle’s Show

In 2003, following multiple unsuccessful TV pilots, Dave debuted the sketch comedy series “Chappelle’s Show.” The program enjoyed immense popularity and ran for two prosperous seasons. Furthermore received two Emmy Award nominations.

“Chappelle’s Show” was renowned for its ability to invent characters and catchphrases that went viral. “Chappelle’s Show” was a comedy show that also served as a forum for social criticism. It boldly addressed subjects like media stereotypes, police brutality, and institutional racism. Frequently presenting them in a way that was both humorous and thought-provoking. The show was a critical and financial success because of its successful blend of humor and commentary, which connected with a large audience.

During the third season‘s production, Dave abruptly left, but Comedy Central eventually aired the episodes that were made without him. Chappelle stated his reasons for quitting as not liking the direction the show was heading. Being overworked with 20-hour workdays, and not having enough time for his stand-up career. Walking away from the program resulted in Comedy Central canceling a $50 million contract.


Before making a significant career comeback in 2013, Dave experimented in a variety of stand-up performances. Also  TV show appearances between 2005 and 2013.

Many were taken aback when Dave Chappelle unexpectedly made an appearance at the renowned comedy club. It’s The Comedy Cellar in New York City in February 2013. Later, comedian Chris Rock joined him on stage, thrilling many of his admirers as they talked about the prospect of a tour. After the surprise visit, Chappelle returned to stand up more officially. Finally, many booked shows in the South, including Atlanta, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

In addition, Chappelle was the star of the Funny or Die Tour. Which kicked off on August 23, 2013, in Austin, Texas. During his performance, he referred to his departure from Comedy Central. He told the crowd, “It’s easier to resign as the Pope than it is to quit a cable show.”

Netflix Special

It was revealed in November 2016 that Dave had inked a contract with Netflix. To provide the streaming service with three standup specials. One of the biggest deals ever made for a comic on any platform, Dave supposedly received $60 million for the specials. After his special “The Dreamer” was released on December 31, 2023, he received an additional $20 million.

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