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Dave Chappelle Biography

David Khari Webber "Dave" Chappelle was born August 24, 1973) is a Stand-Up Comedian, screenwriter, television / film producer, actor, and artist. As part of his early efforts, Chappelle moved to New York City to pursue a career as a comedian. He gathered the courage to perform at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater, in front of the infamous Amateur Night audience. The performance resulted in him being booed off the stage. Chappelle has described the experience as the moment that gave him the courage to continue his show business aspirations. He quickly made a name for himself in the New York comedy circuit, even performing in the city's parks.

After becoming an accomplished stand up comedian, Chappelle debuted his own weekly sketch comedy show on Comedy Central called Chappelle's Show. Along with comedy skits, the show also featured musical performances by mostly hip-hop and soul artists. Chappelle's pointed social and political commentary quickly helped the show garner critical and commercial success, as well as controversy. Richard Pryor, one of Chappelle's comedic influences, was a fan of the show and stated that he had "passed the torch" to Chappelle. Chappelle received two Emmy Award nominations for the show.

In April 2007, Chappelle set a stand up endurance record at the Laugh Factory comedy club, beating comedian Dane Cook's record of three hours and 50 minutes. In December of the same year, Chappelle broke his own record with a time of six hours and 12 minutes. Cook took the record again in January 2008, with a time of seven hours. Currently shying away from the spotlight, Chappelle still makes unannounced appearances at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles.

Dave Chappelle comedy specials

  • Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth (2004) Dave Chappelle For What It's Worth Filmed at The Fillmore in San Francisco, California. The DVD was released on September 4th, 2004.
  • Dave Chappelle: Killin' Em Softly (2000) Dave Chappelle Killin' Them Softly Filmed in Washington, DC. The DVD was released on July 15th, 2000.
  • Dave Chappelle: HBO Comedy Half-Hour (1998) Dave Chappelle HBO Comedy Half-Hour Filmed in San Francisco, California. The special was released on January 9th, 1998.

Dave Chappelle jokes, Quotes & One Liners

You know the only time racism is really good for black people? Terrorism. Terrorism -- never take black hostages. You know it's true. You know why they don't take black hostages, don't you? 'Cause we're bad bargaining chips. They call the White House, 'Hello! We have got five black people, and we will kill them, too! Hello? Hello?'

You can’t get unfamous. You can get infamous, but you can’t get unfamous.

You'll be walking down the street and you'll see a bunch of black dudes walking, not just any old black dudes, we're talking thugs. And in the group, they got one, or two, sometimes as many as three white guys with them, you ever seen that shit? Well let me tell you something about those white guys. Those white guys are the most dangerous motherfuckers in them groups. It's true, man. There's no telling what kind of crazy shit they've done to get them black dudes respect, but I'll tell you they've done some wild shit.

Somebody broke into my house once. This is a good time to call the police, but, 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!" Whack! "Oh my god. Open and shut case, Johnson. I saw this once when I was a rookie. Apparently this ni*gger broke in and put up pictures of his family everywhere.

When we did Blue Streak, we were promoting it and Martin had a stroke. He almost died, and then after that I saw him and I was like "oh my god Martin, are you ok?", and he said "I got the best sleep I ever got in my life" that's how tough he is. So let me ask you this: What is happening in Hollywood that a guy that tough will be on the street waving a gun, screaming "they are trying to kill me" what's going on? Why is Dave Chappelle going to Africa? Why does Mariah Carey make a 100 million dollar deal and take her clothes off on TRL? It's just- A weak person can not get to sit here and talk to you, ain't no weak people talking to you. So what is happening in Hollywood, nobody knows. 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're strong people, maybe their environment is a little sick.

I was taken to the ghetto once That's the worst when you're taken and you're not expecting to go. Usually you want to know when you're going to the ghetto, like, "I'm gonna see some wild shit, I gotta prepare myself to see something crazy." When you're taken its different. I had a limousine driver, it was after the show, at like 3 in the morning. I had a limousine driver, he's a nice guy, talking to me and shit. He's like, "Where you from, dog? D.C.? Word. That's a rough city, man." And his cellphone started ringing, he's like, "Hold one one second. Hello? Oh, what's up nigga? What? What the fuck, slow down, what? What the fuck? No! No! No! Fuck it, I'm on my way!" Boop. "Hey, I gotta make a stop real quick."

At 3 o'clock in the morning, and I didn't know he was taking me to the ghetto at first. I started looking out the window, see gun store, gun store, liquor store, gun store, where the fuck you taking me? This don't look good. He didn't say shit. He just pulled up in front of an old rickety building that looked like a project. I've never been there before, I'm not sure if it was a project, it certainly had all the familiar symptoms of a project. A fucking crackhead ran this way, tk-tk-tk-tk-tk-tk! Then another one jumped out of a tree and shit, tk-tk-tk! The guy said, "I'll be right back," and left me. Took the keys with him and just left me.

At 3 o'clock in the morning, in front of a project, in a fucking limousine. This was not good. I was like, "I gotta look around, find some landmarks, see if I can figure out where I'm at. I might have to escape on foot." Now this is when I know I'm in a bad neighborhood, you only see this in the worst neighborhoods. Remember, this was 3 o'clock in the morning. I looked out the window, and there was a fucking baby standing on the corner. And the baby didn't even look scared, he was just standing there. And it made me sad you know, because I wanted to help the baby. I was like, "Mm mm I don't trust you either!" Click! Cllllick! The old baby-on-the-corner trick, eh? Not gonna fall for that shitt. But where is this limousine driver?"

As time goes by I start feeling worse, I was like, "What the hell is wrong with me, I'm scared of a baby! But this baby could be in trouble, he may need my help. I gotta do something." But I wasn't gonna get out of the car. I'm serious, man. I just cranked the window open a little bit. "Hey baby! Baby, go home, man! It's 3 o'clock in the morning man, what the fuck are you doing up?" The baby says, "I'm selling weed, nigga!"

Made that mistake one time. I was at a party some guy gave me some shit hey man take this, it's fucking mushrooms. I took it, I forgot all about it, ya know. Then a couple days later I found that shit in my pocket. I'm thinking why not? Cause I'm thinking it's like weed, some background shit, l planed my whole day out like it was weed. I'll chew this shit up, then I'll go to the barber shop, get my hair cut, and then I'll see a movie. I chewed it up, so far, so good.

Then I was in the barber shop like an hour later. And it's funny cause I was thinking to myself this stuff sucks. Tastes like athlete's foot, I feel sick but I'm not really high. Then I looked in the mirror. I saw the barber's reflection, man. It looked like a big penis was cutting my hair. I freaked out. I started talking to myself. Dave, calm down, you're on drugs, this is what drugs do. You know that there is no way, that a penis can cut hair. I started freakin out man, I couldn't take it anymore. I jumped out the chair, half my hair was cut, I didn't care. I just gave the barber a handful of money. It was weird, the balls opened up. I ran home as fast as I could. I was trippin, trippin!

I looked at the clock and it was 2:42. I was like, damn, 2:42 I got to sober up. I ain't never been this high this early. I took a shower. I was still high. Said maybe music will do the trick. I listened to every CD I had, I was still high. Exercise, that's what I'll do, I ran around the block 4 times, still high. Took a nap, woke up, fucked up. I looked at the clock and it said 2:43. I said, God damn! 

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