David Khari Webber Chappelle, an American stand-up comedian, and actor, was born on August 24, 1973.
He is best known for his satirical sketch comedy show Chappelle’s Show, which aired from 2003 to 2006. The program, which Chappelle co-wrote with Neal Brennan, ran until Chappelle left in the middle of the third season’s production.
Chappelle went on to do stand-up comedy around the United States after leaving the program. By 2006, Esquire had dubbed Chappelle the “comic genius of America,” and a Billboard writer had dubbed him “the greatest” in 2013. He was voted No. 9 in Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Stand Up Comics of All Time” in 2017.
Chappelle attended Woodlin Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he grew up. Pete Seeger and Johnny Hartman were guests at his parents’ house since his parents were politically involved.
Chappelle’s comedy influence came from Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor around the time Hartman prophesied he’d be a comedian. Chappelle resided in Washington with his mother after his parents divorced, spending summers in Ohio with his father.
He worked as an usher in Ford’s Theatre during high school. He earned his bachelor’s degree in theatrical arts from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington in 1991.
Who Is Dave Chappelle’s Attacker?
Isaiah Lee has been identified as the audience member who stormed the stage and assaulted Dave Chappelle.
The Los Angeles Police Department verified to Page Six that Lee, 23, was arrested and charged with felony assault with a dangerous weapon early Wednesday.
He is being put in jail on a $30,000 bond.
Lee charged at the stand-up comic, 48, Tuesday night, according to LAPD spokesman Officer Lizeth Lomeli, who claimed Lee was holding an imitation handgun with a blade inside.
According to witnesses, the mayhem began at 10:45 p.m. local time toward the end of the “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” star’s stand-up set at the Hollywood Bowl as part of the “Netflix Is a Joke” event.