Dave Chappelle is a comedian, screenwriter, actor and producer. He has appeared in a lot of films and also TV shows over the years. Nevertheless, he is well-known for his standup specials. So, what is his net worth? Do you want to know about it? Let’s find out it here with the other information about this comedian.
Dave Chappelle’s Net Worth
As reported by Celebrity Net Worth that Dave Chappelle net worth is $50 million. It is known that the majority of Dave’s wealth is from his Netflix standup specials in particular.
In November 2016, there was an announcement that Dave Chappelle signed a deal with Netflix. It was for three standup specials to the streaming service. It was reported that he was paid $60 million for the specials. This was one of the biggest deals ever paid to a comedian for any medium.
Between June 2016 and June 2017, $47 million was earned by him. Between June 2017 and June 2018, $35 million was earned by him.
Dave Chappelle’s Early Life
The real name of Dave Chappelle is David Khari Webber Chappelle. He was born on August 24th, 1973 in Washington DC. His parents named Yvonne Chappelle Seon and William David Chappelle III. His father was a professor of vocal performance. Also, he was the Dean of Students at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. How about his mother? She is also a professor and university administrator at some institutions such as Wright State University and Prince George’s Community College. Formerly, her mother worked for Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba. Dave’s great grandfather Bishop D. Chappelle was the president of Allen University.
In Silver Spring, Maryland, Chappelle was raised. Dave Chappelle idolized Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. Family friends often gave comments that David Chappelle would grow up to be a comedian because they liked Dave’s humorous antics and monologues.
When Dave was young, his parents separated. Then, he mainly lived with his mother. However, he spent summers in Ohio with his father. In 1991, he graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Art. There, he studied theater.
Dave Chappelle’s Career
Dave decided to move to New York City after high school. He did it to pursue a career in comedy. He made an appearance at the Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night. He was booed off stage. However, he immediately made a name for himself anyway on the New York comedy circuit.
In 1992, he appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam. This time, he got critical and popular acclaim. In his popularity, it was a turning point. Then, he became a regular guest on the late night circuit on shows such as The Howard Stern Show, Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. When Dave was 19 years old, he opened with a comedy act for Aretha Franklin.
In the 1993, when he was 20 years old, he made his film debut in the Mel Brooks comedy entitled Robin Hood: Men in Tights. After that, he took other roles in some films including a small part in feature film entitled The Nutty Professor in 1996 where Eddie Murphy starred it and co-writing and starring in stoner film entitled Half Baked in 1998. He also tried several television pilots but failed before he launched his own series, Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central in 2003. This show got a big popularity. It ran for two successful seasons and even it became a nominee for two Emmy Awards before he left during production of the third season.
He stated that he left it because he did not like the direction of the show. He also stated that he was overworked where he was required to work for 20 hours so that he did not have time to devote to his stand up career. Since he walked away from the show, it meant that he cancelled $50 million contract with Comedy Central.
Then, in 2004, Michael Gondry directed Dave Chappelle’s Block Party. It was a documentary about a rap concert which was hosted by Chappelle in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. It was accompanied by a number of rap and hip hop performances and the reunion of The Fugees.
Between 2005 to 2013, he tried various stand up acts and TV shows appearances. He did it before he made a major career comeback in 2013. Then, he became headline for his own stand up tours. In June 2014, he went back to the New York City circuit. It was the first time in 11 years. There, he performed ten nighs at the Radio City Music Hall. He became a host at Saturday Night Live for the first time on November 12th, 2016. He did it after Donald Trump won the presidential election in 2016.
Dave Chappelle got acclaim due to his eloquent and biting opening monologue and subsequent sketch performance. So, he was loved by audiences and he achieved an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance. He decided to donate his Emmy to his former high school.
He did not stop earning the result of his hard work here. In 2018, he got a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for his first two Netflix specials: The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas. Besides, he also got a Grammy for his Equanimity special. An Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special was also achieved by him. In 2020, for “Sticks & Stones”, he got his third Grammy in a row.
When he co-starred in “A Star in Born” with Bradley Cooper, he made a big comeback to the movie world again. There, he played the character of his best friends Noodles. This movie was very successful and successfully got a lot of prestigious nominations and awards.
In 2018, Jon Stewart and Dave Chappelle took part a duo comedy tour. In Austin, Texas, he appeared with Aziz Ansari for three standup shows. Then, in 2019, he won the annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor which was presented by the Kennedy Center.