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Dave Chappelle is a comedian whose Comedy Central show, Chappelle's Show, became a smash hit in the early 2000s.
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Dave Chappelle, who idolized the comedy of Bill Cosby as a young boy, is famous for racially provocative and envelope-pushing comedy.
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he was offered a massive TV deal from Comedy Central after only two seasons. Chappelle was reportedly offered $50 million for an additional two-year contract.
Chappelle's Show was about to begin its third season when Chappelle abruptly left during production in 2005. Unhappy with the direction the show had taken and pressured by network executives to change the tone of the comedic series, Chappelle left the United States to visit South Africa. Upon his return, he began living a more reclusive life, moving to Yellow Springs, Ohio, and making only a handful of public appearances. In 2006, he released the documentary Dave Chappelle's Block Party—one of his last moments in the spotlight for several years.
In February 2013, to the surprise of many, Dave Chappelle made a surprise appearance at the famed New York City comedy club The Comedy Cellar. He was later joined on stage by comedian Chris Rock and the two discussed the possibility of a tour, exciting many fans. Following the unexpected appearance, Chappelle made a more formal approach to his return to stand-up, performing several scheduled stand-up gigs throughout the South, including Atlanta, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Chappelle also headlined the Funny or Die Tour, beginning in Austin, Texas, on August 23, 2013. He referred to his exit from Comedy Central during his set, telling the audience that "It’s easier to resign as the Pope than it is to quit a cable show," according to Entertainment Weekly's Popwatch blog. Chappelle is expected to perform at all tour dates, which runs until late September.
Chappelle and his wife, Elaine, have two sons, Sulayman and Ibrahim, and a daughter named Sonal.
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