US comedian Dave Chappelle turned 47 on this day, Monday, 24 August. Chappelle rose to fame as a stand-up comedian and co-creator of the highly-successful Chappelle's Show. He famously walked away from a $50 million dollar contract during the third season of the popular programme.
Briefly.co.za takes a look at a few other interesting facts to celebrate the celebrity's special day.
1. Dave before the fame
Dave Chappelle moved to New York and landed his first acting performance at the age of 19. He acted in a production called Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater. He later went on to land a role in his first movie called Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men In Tights in 1993.
2. Most popular acting role
Dave Chappelle is well-known for his impersonation of Rick James from his popular show. His sketch of the famous celebrity resulted in the DVD set of the show becoming one of the best-selling TV series of all time.
3. Personal life
Dave Chappelle has three children with his beautiful wife, Elaine. The family moved to Ohio after Chappelle quit Chappelle's Show.
4. Life after Chappelle's Show
In 2016, Chappelle signed a $20 million-per-release special deal with Netflix and as from 2019,he has released five stand-up specials under the deal.
5. Awards and recognition
Dave Chappelle received his first Emmy Award in 2017 for appearing on Saturday Night Live. The following year, Dave received a Grammy Award for his Neflix-produced comedy albums, The Age of Spin and Deep In The Heart Of Texas.
Another Netflix special called Equanimity won an Emmy in 2018. In 2019, Chappelle was selected to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, America's highest comedy honour. In 2020, Chappelle received yet another Grammy nod for his comedy album Sticks & Stones.
Happy birthday, Dave.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that Dave Chappelle recently hopped on his private jet to check on his friend Kanye West. The rapper has been dominating headlines ever since he broke down at his first presidential rally.
He went on to post a series of disturbing tweets on social media. A few of his friends, including the world-famous comedian, paid him a visit to show him support.
Dave Chappelle went to see Kanye West at his ranch in Wyoming. The 43-year-old rapper posted a video on Twitter with the comedian and thanked him for his support. He called Dave a "true friend" and seemed in good spirits in the footage.
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