David Khari Webber “Dave” Chappelle (born August 24, 1973) is an American comedian, screenwriter, television and film producer, and actor.
After beginning his film career in 1993 as Ahchoo in Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights, he landed minor roles in box office hits including The Nutty Professor, Con Air, and Blue Streak. He co-wrote himself into his first lead role in Half Baked (1998), which was directed by Tamra Davis.
In 2003, he became more widely known for his sketch comedy television series, Chappelle’s Show, co-written with Neal Brennan, which ran until his retirement from the show two years later. By 2006, Chappelle was called “the comic genius of America” by Esquire and, in 2013, “the best” by a Billboard writer. The show continues to run in popular late-night syndication and on television networks around the world. Comedy Central ranks him No. 43 in “the 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.”
He lives with his family in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and continues to perform stand-up, recently touring the U.S. as part of the 2013 Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival.