Dave Chappelle

(David Khari Webber Chappelle)

Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle
  • Born: August 24, 1973
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Comedian

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David Khari Webber Chappelle is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer. His comedy focuses on racism, relationship problems, social problems, politics, current events, and pop culture. After beginning his film career in 1993 as Ahchoo in Mel Brooks's Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Chappelle landed supporting roles in box office hits including The Nutty Professor, Con Air, You've Got Mail, Blue Streak and Undercover Brother. His first lead role was in the 1998 comedy film Half Baked, which he co-wrote with Neal Brennan. Chappelle also starred in the ABC TV series Buddies.

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After a while, a joke, if you say it too much, just becomes contrived, or fake-sounding.
America, I appreciate you liking me.
Because I was surrounded by so much negativity at some point that it took me going back and doing stand-up to realize, you know, people really like me.
Being famous is great, it's not like bad or horrible or anything. Fame
Comedy is a very approval-oriented field.
Every black American is bilingual. All of them. We speak street vernacular and we speak 'job interview.'
Everyone around me says, You're a genius! You're great! That's your voice! But I'm not sure if they're right.
Fame for me is like a place, a country I'm taking a tour through.
I care about the work I do. But I'm not going to say that money's not an issue. Money, Coins & Minting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I don't care if I ever work in TV again. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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. Religion & God
I don't want the money. I don't want the drama. I just want to do my show. I want to have fun again. Money, Coins & Minting
I enjoy my own thoughts sometimes.
I felt in a lot of instances I was deliberately being put through stress because when you're a guy who generates money, people have a vested interested in controlling you. Money, Coins & Minting
I get a little heated when I talk about the past. But I wanted to be clear - I'm not mad at anybody - not anymore.
I got a lot of positive people around me.
I got real important relationships in my life that are very empowering relationships. Life
I just always loved stand-up. It's like magic. You say something, and a whole room full of people laughs together. Say something else, they laugh again. The fact that people come to see that and participate in that... I don't know, it's just like magic.
I love being famous - it's phenomenal. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Fame
I love my jokes. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love Ohio. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I still think people do have racial hang-ups, but I think one of the reasons I can joke about it is people are shedding those racial hatreds.
I think every group of black guys should have at least one white guy in it.
I think extreme sports are really good for relieving stress. Sports & Athletics
I want to tell my jokes. I want to have time with my children. I want to entertain people. And at one point, I'll walk away from show business. But I don't want to walk away empty-handed. Time ;Business, Commerce & Finance
I was doing sketches that were funny but socially irresponsible. I felt I was deliberately being encouraged and I was overwhelmed. Humor
If I can make a teacher's salary doing comedy, I think that's better than being a teacher. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
If I put forth a legitimate effort, then I feel like, if that doesn't work out, that's all I can do. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
If you don't have the right people around you and you're moving at a million miles an hour you can lose yourself.
I'm an introspective dude.
I'm cool with failing so long as I know that there are people around me that love me unconditionally. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I'm famous today. People like me today. Might not like me tomorrow. You can't count on it. Fame
I've been a comedian since I was fourteen. But I've never really been a CEO.
I've done 10 or 11 pilots for network television, which is ridiculous.
Most of the people around me have a vested interest in how much money I make. You know, so a celebrity could find themselves in a position where people could have meetings about their life without them involved. And when I say 'their life' I mean not their professional life either. They could talk about their personal life. Life ;Money, Coins & Minting
My father told me 'Name your price in the beginning. If it ever gets more expensive than the price you name, get out of there.'
My generation is under-entertained.
My wife asked me once if I weren't a comedian what I would do. I couldn't answer the question. I never imagined doing anything else.
One of the things that happens when people make the leap from a certain amount of money to tens of millions of dollars is that the people around you dramatically change. Money, Coins & Minting
People don't know what it's like standing up there onstage, when you have a wall of people smiling at you.
Something about New York, man: You can do more comedy there probably than you can anywhere in the world. If you're interested in being funny, New York is the place to go. Humor
Stand-up is the kind of gig that'll show you where you're at.
The hardest thing to do is to be true to yourself, especially when everybody is watching.
The higher up I went, the less happy I was.
The language you are about to hear... is disturbing.
The only thing harder than leaving show business is coming back. Business, Commerce & Finance
The way the people around you position themselves around you to get in your pockets and in your mind is infuriating to me.
The world can't tell you who you are. You've just got to figure out who you are and be there, for better or worse.
The worst thing to call somebody is crazy. It's dismissive.
There's a lot of people who don't want anything from me but to laugh and have a good time. You see them at the show and they like - they dress up to come see your show and stuff. And they pack these auditoriums and it's a lot of fun, man. It's like, this is how I started, and it's still fun for me. Time
There's something about doing stand-up that's cathartic.
When I'm on stage, I get real happy there. Maybe that's the only time in my adult life I feel like myself. Life ;Time
Whether it means having a show, or a movie, or just being on a stage, I need an avenue to say what I have to say.
You can become famous but you can't become unfamous. You can become infamous but not unfamous. Fame
You can't get unfamous. You can get infamous but you can't get unfamous.
You can't get un-famous. You can get infamous, but you can't get un-famous.
You got to be careful of the company you keep.
You know you must be doing something right if old people like you.
You know, be able to do something great in your life, you're gonna have to realize your failures. You're gonna have to embrace them and figure out how to overcome it. Life

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