Dave Chappelle is an American comedian, writer and actor. Most active from the mid-90’s, when his career started by acting in movies and participating in stand-up specials, to the mid-00’s, with his own Chappelle’s Show (2003-2006). Born in Washington, D.C., Chappelle moved to NYC where he had his first performance at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, but was booed off stage. Later on he quickly started getting known around comedy circles, getting his first movie role at 19 years old. Some of his best known works, all written by the comedian himself, include the already mentioned Chappelle’s Show, the documentary Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2005) and his own stand-up specials, such as For What It’s Worth (2004).
Dave converted to Islam in 1998. “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.”, he said in an interview in 2005. The comedian also reportedly spent time in Africa in a spiritual retreat.
Chappelle is an avid fan of skateboarding and so far hasn’t let age stopped him from enjoying the sport.
Dave appears to be a Democrat. He’s talked about political issues both in and out of his comedy shows. The issues range from racism to drug use and even to sexuality. During a comedy set he said he voted for Obama in 2008 but hasn’t made many comments about the current election.
The comedian married his current wife Elaine Erfe in 2001. The couple lives with their two sons and one daughter in a farm in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
At the age of 14, Chappelle got inspired by Bill Cosby after reading an article about the comedian to start a career in comedy. To add to his skills, he also attended Duke Ellington School of the Art and studied theater arts.