You Simply Must Watch Dave Chappelle Accept This Prestigious Award In A Room Full Of Wildly Famous People
by Eric Ital 20 hours ago
If you’re around the same age as me (1993 stand up!), then odds are, Dave Chappelle ranks near the top of your favorite stand-up comedians of all-time.
Thanks to the everlasting power of Chappelle’s Show, Dave Chappelle was the first comedian that caused me to stop and think about what he was actually saying. I mean, fucking hell, the first episode of Chappelle’s Show featured Clayton Bigsby, a black white supremacist. As a young boy entering his teenage years, Chappelle presented me with topics I’d never previously considered in ways that I could understand.
And as a result of his remarkably straightforward view of both comedy and society, Chappelle has been my — and many others — favorite comedian ever since. Your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian, as it were.
Towards the end of last year, Chappelle’s generational talent was awarded when he was named the recipient of the 2019 Mark Twain Prize, which is meant to recognize him as “one of the world’s great humorists.”
An outstanding lineup of entertainers gathered in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to salute Dave Chappelle, recipient of the 22nd annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 27, 2019. The Prize, which is named to honor one of the world’s greatest humorists, was given at a gala performance featuring some of the biggest names in comedy.