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Dave Chappelle

Comedian Dave Chappelle was born on August 24, 1973 in Washington, D.C. He was raised in Silver Spring, MD by his dad, a statistician and Antioch College professor, and mom, who worked for the revolutionary Patrice Lumumba in the Congo. She was a scholar who studied African-American studies and was the first black woman in the U.S. to become a Unitarian Universalist minister. Chappelle converted to Islam in 1998. He lives on a 65 acre farm in Ohio with his wife, Elaine, and their three kids – sons Sulayman and Ibrahim and daughter Sonal. Chappelle hit the stand-up comedy scene as a teenager. His mega-successful Comedy Central show “Chappelle’s Show” debuted in 2003. It became the best-selling TV show in DVD history. He abruptly walked off the show’s set in April 2005 and disappeared from fans and family. It was later revealed he had jetted off to South Africa for two weeks. By doing so, he walked away from $50 million. He signed a deal with Netflix in November 2016 for three stand-up comedy specials to be released by the streaming giant.

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Dave Chappelle, I'm Not Watching NFL, Now Watch Me Kneel

Dave Chappelle
I'm Not Watching NFL ... Now Watch Me Kneel

Dave Chappelle says his Sundays are definitely NOT filled with football -- telling TMZ Sports he's off the NFL and it seems it all has to do with Colin Kaepernick.  We shot the comedian out… READ MORE >

Dave Chappelle Explains Why He Backs MD Governor Hopeful Ben Jealous

Dave Chappelle
My Support of Ben Jealous Is NOT a Celeb Endorsement

Dave Chappelle says his backing of Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous is NOT a political Hollywood ploy ... 'cause he's just doing what he thinks is right. We got the comedian out… READ MORE >

- 14 days ago
Dave Chappelle Paid His Respects to John McCain, and His Dance Moves

Dave Chappelle
I Paid My Respects to John McCain ... And His Dance Moves

Dave Chappelle says John McCain is a symbol of national unity when our country needs it most, so he paid the late Senator his respects ... and gives props to his robot dance. We got the famed… READ MORE >

- 79 days ago
Dave Chappelle Says Mayweather Had Greatest Run In Boxing History

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Floyd Had Greatest Run In Boxing History!

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- 203 days ago
Kevin Hart Reveals Who Paid for Comedy Power Dinner, Says It's About Time

Kevin Hart
I Didn't Pay at Epic Comedians Dinner But, I'll Tell You Who Did

Kevin Hart says he's got a foolproof plan to avoid picking up the check at epic dinners like the one he had with Eddie Murphy and Dave Chappelle -- and he also revealed who DID pay. We… READ MORE >

- 271 days ago
Dwyane Wade: 'Black History Month' Dinner w/ Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart

Dwyane Wade & Gabby
'Black History Month' Dinner ... w/ Chappelle, Kevin Hart

Talk about a power dinner ...  Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union met up with Dave Chappelle and Kevin Hart at one of the fanciest restaurants in Beverly Hills ... and TMZ Sports has the… READ MORE >

- 271 days ago
Odell Beckham Jr. Trolls Russ and Harden in All-Star Roast Sesh

Odell Beckham Jr.
Trolls Russ & Harden ... in All-Star Roast Sesh

Odell Beckham Jr. came out FIRING on his NBA bros from courtside at the All-Star game -- from James Harden to Russell Westbrook to Victor Oladipo -- and it was pretty damn hilarious. To… READ MORE >

- 272 days ago
Grammy Awards After-Parties Flooded with Celebs

Grammys
After the Show It's the After-Party ... Chappelle, Rita & More

The Grammy Awards after-parties had some good variety -- huge comedians, famous ball players and, of course, musicians. Dave Chappelle, Sarah Silverman and Trevor Noah were arguably… READ MORE >

- 293 days ago
Tony Rock Blasts Mo'Nique's Netflix Boycott, Questions Her Relevance

Tony Rock
Hold Up, Mo'Nique ... What Have You Done Lately?!

Tony Rock's calling out Mo'Nique for exercising extremely poor business etiquette in her beef with Netflix. We got Tony at LAX, and asked what he thinks about Mo accusing Netflix of… READ MORE >

- 302 days ago
Mo'Nique Accuses Netflix of Undervaluing Black Women, Demands Boycott

Mo'Nique vs. Netflix
They Lowballed My Negotiations 'Cause I'm a Black Woman

Mo'Nique claims Netflix severely short-changed her during negotiations for a comedy special ... and she says the proof is in how much some other comedians got paid for specials. The Oscar… READ MORE >

- 303 days ago
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