Dave Chappelle Tickets for Sale

Like future co-stars Martin Lawrence, Eddie Murphy, and Norm MacDonald, Dave Chappelle entered the movie business via standup comedy. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Chappelle studied acting at D.C.'s Duke Ellington School of the Arts and honed his skills as a laid-back yet socially attuned comic in the city's clubs.

Dave Chappelle (born August 23, 1972) is an African American comedian, actor, and social commentator. Chappelle, the son of a Unitarian minister, began playing comedy clubs in his native Washington, D.C. at the tender age of 14, while studying acting at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Within a year, he had a chance to perform at the world-renowned Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. He was promptly booed off stage.

Undeterred, Chappelle became a hit at clubs along the East Coast, refining sets which were laid-back and socially conscious. By 1992, he had appeared on HBO's Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam. Catching the eye of Whoopi Goldberg, he became the youngest comic to have a featured spot on Comic Relief VI, at age 20.

His first major role was in Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Chappelle turned down the role of Bubba in the 1994 movie Forrest Gump, thinking the movie would be a box office bust, and has since admitted to deeply regretting it. He later appeared as the abrasive comedian in the remake of The Nutty Professor, had a minor role in Con Air, had a supporting role in Martin Lawrence's Blue Streak, and then wrote and starred in Half Baked, a cult film about a group of pot-smoking best friends trying to get their friend out of jail.
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Chappelle had better luck with his next film, the blaxploitation spoof Undercover Brother (2002). As the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D.'s terminally paranoid agent Conspiracy Brother, Chappelle was a hilariously twitchy comic highlight in the hit-or-miss satire; Undercover Brother became a small hit amid the summer blockbusters. Chappelle's cutting humor could also be heard on TV that same season, with Chappelle lending his voice as a prank caller to Comedy Central's ribald puppet "reality" show Crank Yankers (2002). His characters on that show were a hit with audiences in search of a hearty laugh, and the following year Comedy Central gave the comedian his own series - the aptly titled Chappelle's Show.

In 2003, he got his own weekly television show on Comedy Central, Chappelle's Show. His outrageous sketch comedy, which (like All in the Family before it) relies heavily upon racial stereotypes and slurs, including but not limited to Dave's African American heritage, became very popular very quickly. By the end of the second season, it was one of the highest-rated shows in basic cable, and second only to South Park on Comedy Central. Due to the popularity of his show, Comedy Central's parent company, Viacom gave a $50 million deal to Dave Chappelle that will continue the production of "Chappelle's Show" for two more years and will allow Chappelle to do side-projects.
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