David Khari Webber “Dave” Chappelle (born August 24, 1973) is an American stand-up comedian, screenwriter, producer, and actor. After beginning his film career in 1993 as Ahchoo in Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights, he landed major supporting roles in box office hits including The Nutty Professor, Con Air, and Blue Streak. His first lead role was in the 1998 comedy film Half Baked, which he co-wrote.
In 2003, Chappelle 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.” In 2015, Chappelle appeared in the Spike Lee film, Chi-Raq, his first film role in 13 years.