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Name: David Khari Webber Chappelle                                                       
Born August 24, 1973 Washington, D.C., United States                                     
David Khari Webber Chappelle (born August 24, 1973) is an American stand-up               
comedian, satirist, screenwriter, television/film producer and actor. In 2003,           
he became known for his popular sketch comedy television series, Chappelle's             
After finishing high school, Chappelle moved to New York City to pursue a career         
as a comedian. He gathered the courage to perform at Harlem's famed Apollo               
Theater in front of the infamous "Amateur Night" audience. The performance               
resulted in him being booed off the stage. Chappelle has described the                   
experience as the moment that gave him the courage to continue his show business         
aspirations.[1] He quickly made a name for himself in the New York City comedy           
circuit, even performing in the city's parks. At the age of 20, Chappelle made           
his film debut as "Ahchoo" in Mel Brooks's Robin Hood: Men in Tights. That same           
year, he had a small but showy role in the film Undercover Blues. On the                 
strength of his performances in these films, Chappelle was offered the role of           
Bubba in Forrest Gump, which was in a pre-production stage. Not realizing the             
impact this future Academy Award winner for Best Picture would have, and                 
concerned about what seemed to be a racially demeaning character, he turned down         
the part. He has since admitted to regretting the decision.[2] Chappelle played           
another supporting movie role in 1994's little-seen Getting In. He attracted the         
attention of TV network executives with his guest appearance in an episode of             
ABC's highly rated sitcom Home Improvement. The storyline had Chappelle and real-life     
friend comedian Jim Breuer ask Tim Taylor for advice on their girlfriends. The           
characters' single outing in the episode proved so popular that ABC decided to           
give them their own spin-off sitcom titled Buddies. However, after taping a               
pilot episode, Jim Breuer was fired and replaced with actor Christopher Gartin.           
Buddies premiered in March 1996 to disappointing ratings. The show was cancelled         
after only four episodes out of thirteen that were produced. Nine years later,           
in May 2005, ten of the episodes were released on a single-disc DVD to                   
capitalize on Chappelle's new-found fame.                                                 
He later appeared as the nightclub comedian in The Nutty Professor starring               
Eddie Murphy, one of his major comedic influences. He also had minor roles in             
Con Air and Martin Lawrence's Blue Streak. He co-wrote (with Neal Brennan) and           
starred in Half Baked, a cult film about a group of pot-smoking best friends             
trying to get their friend out of jail.                                                   
Chappelle appeared as himself in an episode of The Larry Sanders Show, in which           
he and the executives of the show's nameless television network satirized the             
treatment that scriptwriters and show creators were subject to, as well as the           
executives' knee-jerk stereotyping when it came to race. In 1998, he played a             
supporting role as Tom Hanks' character's friend and confidant in You've Got