Stand-Up Comedian Dave Chappelle To Be Awarded Mark Twain Prize For Comedy
Stand-Up Comedian Dave Chappelle To Receive Mark Twain Prize For American Humor
- Stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle will receive the Mark Twain Prize for comedy.
- He was announced this year's recipient of the award by John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Monday.
- He is best known for his humor and his sketch series Chappelle's Show.
- He has been active as a comedian and actor for nearly three decades for which he will be honored with the award on October 27 in a ceremony and gala performance.
Comedian Dave Chappelle will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this year, the John F. Kennedy Center for performing arts announced on Monday.
The multi-talented star, who has been active as an actor, producer, and director, is best known for his humor skills and his sketch series Chappelle's Show. Deborah F. Rutter, the Kennedy Center President, told in a statement,
Dave is the embodiment of Mark Twain's observation that 'against the assault of humor, nothing can stand.' For three decades, Dave has challenged us to see hot-button issues from his entirely original yet relatable perspective.
Chappelle will join the group of comedians such as Whoopi Goldberg, Carol Burnett, Bob Newhart, Richard Pryor, and last year's Julia Louis-Dreyfus. He will be honored with the award in a ceremony and gala performance on October 27, and the program will air on PBS on January 6.
Born and raised in Washington D.C., Dave Chappelle started his career in television from 1990 where he appeared in an episode of ABC's "America's Funniest People. After that, he moved to New York City to pursue a career as a comedian. He has been active as a comedian, actor, and director and has grabbed multiple awards in these sectors.
Chappelle has been married to wife Elaine Mendoza Erfe since 2001. The pair is blessed with two sons and a daughter.