Dave Chappelle is the wildly successful stand-up comedian who is most known for his sketch comedy series Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central. He was born in Washington D.C. on August 24, 1973. Chappelle began doing comedy in high school with his mom having to accompany him to clubs due to him being under age.
The beginning of Chappelle’s career was rocky. He got booed off the stage at the famed Apollo Theater’s “Amateur Night,” and he played in a number of television pilots, but none of the shows were picked up as a series. At one point, Chappelle even considered leaving the entertainment business.
During the late 90s, he appeared in multiple films including The Nutty Professor, Woo, You’ve Got Mail, and Half Baked. In 1998, the death of his father forced Chappelle to reevaluate his life and career. This reevaluation seemed to finally put him on the road to success.
After recording his first HBO special, Dave Chappelle: Killin’ Them Softly, in 2000, Chappelle finally catapulted into success in 2003 with the debut of Chappelle’s Show. During production of the show’s third season, Chappelle shocked the industry and fans and walked away from a multi-million dollar contract. Chappelle has made various stand up appearances since that time.
Chappelle is currently ranked No. 43 on Comedy Central’s “the 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.” He has been nominated for multiple awards including Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program, Outstanding Producer of Variety Television and Choice Comedian for the Teen Choice Awards.
The folowing video is of an appearance Chappelle made on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” He discusses his appearances at Radio City Music Hall and how he first met Kanye West and members of The Roots.