external image AGM-000580.jpgDavid Khari Webber "Dave" Chappelle

Birthday: August 24, 1973
Birth place: Washington D.C., United States Of America
Nationality: American
Ethnicity: African American
Occupation: Comedian, actor, and writer

Spouse: Elaine Chappelle
Quotes: "Rick James, Bitch"

From Birth and Beyond:
On August 24, 1973 was born David Khari Webber a.k.a. Dave Chappelle. He was the first of three children and the son of teachers. At the age of six he had faced one of the most common marital issue, divorce. He was bor n and raised in the "wrong" side of this nation's capitol, Washington D.C. He lived in the city near the suburbs of Silver Springs, Maryland. In the summer, he would spend time with his father in the rural town of Yellow Springs, Ohio. The country side had an effect on David and later would be his "get away" home.

The start of his career came soon, for at the young age of fourteen he put up his first ever stand up comedy act in public venues of Washington D.C. His mother was always supportive and would be his chaperone performing in bars and nightclubs. Only a few years after being on stage, Chappelle begun winning contests and traveled on the road for comedy jobs by senior year of high school.

His Career, The Rise to Fame:

After high school, Chappelle didn't go to college but instead pursued his career in the "big apple". With advice from other comedians, Chappelle started off building his reputation in the Boston Comedy Club in Gree nwich Village. Within weeks he became a regular performer not only at the Boston but other comedy clubs all over New York. However, Chappelle wasn't happy with just the comedy clubs so he expanded his act to public parks and streets. While working on the streets he gained confidence and met new comedians but the most important one to Chappelle was Charles Barnette, who was Chappelle's mentor and good friend. He most impressed with Barnette's courage and skill. The street work sculpted his fast-pace aggressive style.

At the end of his first year in New York, he performed in the Motreal Comedy Festival and left quite an empression. He latered performed at the Apollo Theater in Harlem where his dedication and nerve was tested when he was booed off the stage. However, he won critical and popular acclaim for his appearence in Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam and with that his fame began to rise. With his rising fame he became regulars on shows such as Politically Incorrect, The Late Show With David Letterman, The Howard Stern Show, and Late Night With Conan O'Brien.

In 1993 he got his first movie role in the film Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
He had lots of other small roles but the one that caught Hollywood's attention was his role in the film The Nutty Professor where he starred along side with Eddie Murphy. After that, there was a sudden demand for movie roles for Chappelle and for the few years Chappelle did a number of roles. In 1998 he co-wrote a film, a tribute to Cheech and Chong, called Half Baked. Although the film had success, Chappelle was disappointed because he felt that the studio weakened the film in order to make it acceptable to the audience. Losing control of his movie was an experience that would alter his decisions later in life.

Chappelle developed television pilots that was picked up by ABC in the early 90's called Buddies. The show was not a successful running for only thirteen episodes and Chappelle recognized this when he quoted "It was a bad show. It was bad. I mean when we were doing it, I could tell this was not gonna work." on the CBS website. While his fame was continuing to rise, FOX network offer to make a situation comedy around Chappelle. Though Chappelle was intrigued by the idea, he withdrew from the deal because the network was adding white characters to the cast. Chappelle would refuse to change his principles or comedy.

While writing and performing, Chappelle made a very successful one-man show called Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly, for HBO. In 2003, Comedy Central offer Chappelle his own show with his own terms. The half-hour program featured Chappelle and a cast of regulars was called Chappelle's Show. The dvd of the season became the b est selling dvd of all time, surpassing even that of The Simpsons. However, in 2005, Chappelle disappeared and when was interviewed two weeks later he said "There's a lot of resistance to my opinions, so I decided, Let me remove myself from this situation. You hear so many voices jockeying for position in your mind that you want to make sure that you hear your own voice. So I figured, Let me just cut myself off from everybody, take a minute and pull a Flintstone-- stop a speeding car by using my bare feet as the brakes."

Films/Accomplishments:
Films

-Undercover Blues, 1993.
-Robin Hood: Men in Tights, 1993.
-Getting In, 1994.Comedy: Coast to Coast, 1994.
-The Nutty Professor, 1996.
-Joe's Apartment, 1996.
-Bowl of Pork, 1997.
-The Real Blonde, 1997.
-Damn Whitey, 1997.
-Con Air, 1997.
-You've Got Mail, 1998. AP04092901236.jpg
-Woo, 1998.
-Half Baked, 1998.
-Blue Streak, 1999.
-200 Cigarettes, 1999.
-Screwed, 2000.
-Undercover Brother, 2002.
-Dave Chappelle's Block Party, 2006.
T.V.
-Def Comedy Jam, 1992.
-Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly, 2000.
-Chappelle's Show, 2003-.
-Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth, 2004.
Screenwriting
-The Dana Carvey Show, 1996.
-The Dave Chappelle Project, 1997.
-Damn Whitey, 1997.
-(With Neil Brennan) Half Baked, 1998.
-Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly, 2000.
-Chappelle's Show, 2003-.
-Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth, 2004.

Why I Chose Him???
To me Dave Chappelle is really inspiring. He puts funny on a whole new level. I find his stereotypical, comical sketches truly enlightening. Though they are brutishly, harmful and offensive, I think that his view on people aren't wrong and are most of the time true too. I really don't care if people agree with me or not, but the point is that I think he truly is a inspirational comic and has much more to offer. This video of him making fun of how old fifteen really is show me how people truly can't make up their mind and even though it is only a comic sketch that he made I still think that it is to the point and true for some people.




Sources:
"Dave Chappelle." Contemporary Black Biography. Vol. 50. Thomson Gale, 2005. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2009. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC
"Dave Chappelle." Newsmakers, Issue 3. Thomson Gale, 2005. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2009. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC
"Dave Chappelle." Contemporary Black Biography. Vol. 50. Thomson Gale, 2005. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2009. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC