"I don't talk about it often" | Dave Chappelle at DC Improv

  • Published: 10 January 2020
  • As part of the Mark Twain Prize celebration, Dave Chappelle and friends made a surprise appearance at the DC Improv. Watch more of the performance in the full show on PBS: pbs.org/video/dave-chappelle-the-kennedy-center-mark-twain-prize-qbmxgn/

    To learn more about Dave's comedy history in DC, watch District of Chappelle:

    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.


    Dave Chappelle is an internationally recognized stand-up comedian and actor whose trademark wit and sharp, irreverent social commentary explores race, popular culture, sex, drugs, politics, and fame. Arguably the most-touring comic on the circuit, Chappelle has performed more than 1,600 concerts worldwide in the past four years, selling out shows within minutes of their announcements.

    Dave Chappelle could always make people laugh. Once he realized the power of his natural talent, he set some ambitious goals for his art. As a 14-year-old student at Washington, D.C.'s Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Chappelle crafted his stand-up comedy act out of the realities of his life growing up Black in the nation's capital.

    The Mark Twain Prize recognizes people who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th century novelist and essayist best known as Mark Twain. As a social commentator, satirist and creator of memorable characters, Samuel Clemens was a fearless observer of society, who startled and outraged many while delighting and informing many more with his uncompromising perspective of social injustice and personal folly. He revealed the great truth of humor when he said "against the assault of laughter nothing can stand."

    The inaugural Mark Twain Prize was presented to Richard Pryor during the first annual Kennedy Center Celebration of American Humor, October 20, 1998. The event was created by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Bob Kaminsky, Peter Kaminsky, Mark Krantz, and John Schreiber and is televised annually. The Kennedy Center is grateful to Cappy McGarr for his steadfast support of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor since its inception. Previous recipients of the Mark Twain include Richard Pryor (1998), Jonathan Winters (1999), Carl Reiner (2000), Whoopi Goldberg (2001), Bob Newhart (2002), Lily Tomlin (2003), Lorne Michaels (2004), Steve Martin (2005), Neil Simon (2006), Billy Crystal (2007), George Carlin (2008), Bill Cosby (2009, rescinded in 2018) Tina Fey (2010), Will Ferrell (2011), Ellen DeGeneres (2012), Carol Burnett (2013) Jay Leno (2014), Eddie Murphy (2015), Bill Murray (2016), David Letterman (2017), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (2018).

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  • James
    James  37 minutes back

    I met this dude a long time ago in Detroit a couple years after Chappelle's show ended.. the coolest. Dapped me up and everything.. its 2020, I haven't missed a single show he's done in Detroit and I hope I never do.. I know he's a comedian, but listening to him talk, for me is like listening to the Dalai lama or some shit. Despite my profile photo, I'm a black dude so it's easy to relate to the shit he says and anyone who thinks this this man promotes hate is ignorant, sensitive as hell, and should look up the definition of "joke". Yes, T's.. I mean you...

    • Jessie Marsh
      Jessie Marsh  8 hours back

      We needed you back Dave.

      • Zach Van Harris JR
        Zach Van Harris JR  12 hours back

        *Comedian is the only job you know where you can use EVERYTHING you know. And EVERYTHING you think.*

        • Harry Rose
          Harry Rose  13 hours back

          Crowd sounded like they didn’t get what he was saying

          • 10GALLEN81
            10GALLEN81  22 hours back

            He's so famous that he can do this. If you're not Dave Chappelle they will boo you off stage for this

            • hip360hop
              hip360hop  1 days back

              I would love to read a book written by Dave

              • enilyksnor
                enilyksnor  1 days back

                Dave the next US president, what do y'all think?

                • Terrence Hamilton
                  Terrence Hamilton  1 days back

                  This is freestyle Dave huh? Probably testing stuff

                  • Ezz eldin saleh
                    Ezz eldin saleh  2 days back

                    That is the realest comedian I have ever came across. Greatest comedian I have ever seen.

                    • MartyisGreat2020
                      MartyisGreat2020  2 days back

                      That was depressing, not funny at all. Go back to whatever you were doing for 12 years.

                      • ROZE BLAZE
                        ROZE BLAZE  2 days back

                        DA G.O.A.T

                        • Taylor Lowery
                          Taylor Lowery  2 days back

                          Stop with the fake laughs man. He gets enough real laughs for any comic.. no need in adding fake ass shit to it.

                          • Avi Mor
                            Avi Mor  2 days back

                            Say it anyway! Love me some Dave

                            • Ares Apollo
                              Ares Apollo  2 days back

                              One of greatest standup artists ever.

                              • dj dino
                                dj dino  2 days back

                                The man is just pure genius!

                                • oh gee
                                  oh gee  2 days back

                                  Dark Crusaders ruined him when he was at his highest point but everything happens for a reason

                                  • Gaming with Lalo
                                    Gaming with Lalo  2 days back

                                    Kevin hart where?

                                    • Clarence Smith
                                      Clarence Smith  2 days back

                                      That's not dave

                                      • newcastle
                                        newcastle  2 days back

                                        Working on material. Love it. Training

                                        • Samsong D.
                                          Samsong D.  3 days back

                                          I regret I didn't grow up watching him

                                          • John Becerra
                                            John Becerra  3 days back


                                            • M A ADAM
                                              M A ADAM  3 days back

                                              He needs talented writer to write his autobiography

                                              • Peter Tekippe
                                                Peter Tekippe  3 days back

                                                Keep smoking and you won’t be here for much longer. But that may be what you want...

                                                • Mr. Smith's Orginals
                                                  Mr. Smith's Orginals  3 days back

                                                  Dave is a true Original and welcome on my channel anytime!

                                                  • Ramiro jr Zuniga
                                                    Ramiro jr Zuniga  3 days back

                                                    Dave is YANG GANG!🧢

                                                    • Victor
                                                      Victor  3 days back

                                                      The cigarette should be removed. It’s low class. Didn’t even smoke it.

                                                      • Vex T
                                                        Vex T  3 days back

                                                        Seems like the spirit of Charlie Murphy has fully possessed Dave Chappelle's mind!

                                                        • Christopher Yan
                                                          Christopher Yan  3 days back

                                                          I like how the kennedy center uploaded this, and they uploaded it uncensored.

                                                          • Joan Ridgeway
                                                            Joan Ridgeway  3 days back

                                                            He loves to sit on stage and just share with the audience, they are his couch!

                                                            • Chef C
                                                              Chef C  3 days back

                                                              I always hear stories of Dave just popping up at well known bars, grabbing a few drinks, then hitting the stage lol. So many comedians commend him for his natural sense of humor.

                                                              • Elevated Mindset Company

                                                                12 years.. just long enough for the masses to forget what he reeeeally looks like so he could switch places with his twin with a deeper voice and bigger head lol

                                                                • Justin Walker
                                                                  Justin Walker  3 days back

                                                                  I would like to see a movie that dave Chappelle narrates his voice is gold

                                                                  • Chaz Carter
                                                                    Chaz Carter  3 days back

                                                                    Hell yeah
                                                                    It’s crip

                                                                    • Sauce Gandhi
                                                                      Sauce Gandhi  3 days back


                                                                      • Vandal Savage
                                                                        Vandal Savage  4 days back

                                                                        You guys are blessed to have Dave Chappelle as the Top Comedian of your generation. If you dont believe me...go and watch The Chappelle Show. Thank You Dave if ever see this. V

                                                                        • qbanz
                                                                          qbanz  4 days back

                                                                          Dave drunk as fuck on this lol

                                                                          • Pendragon Love
                                                                            Pendragon Love  4 days back

                                                                            I watched other “Niggas” I knew...🙄😒

                                                                            • Austin p
                                                                              Austin p  4 days back

                                                                              Dave should start his own company supporting comedians who are not PC.

                                                                              • Kevin Jackson
                                                                                Kevin Jackson  4 days back

                                                                                That lady up front, dave chappelle looked down

                                                                                • jaymoneyymoney
                                                                                  jaymoneyymoney  4 days back

                                                                                  Dave Chappell is the goat 💯

                                                                                  • cbshine
                                                                                    cbshine  4 days back

                                                                                    I have dreamed of a face I’ve never seen before my freshman year in high school and she was a cheerleader when I get there

                                                                                    • john dillinger
                                                                                      john dillinger  4 days back

                                                                                      dude is a little full of himself
                                                                                      hes just a comedian.

                                                                                      • laserus3333
                                                                                        laserus3333  4 days back

                                                                                        The Jester is a most powerful person. He is the only one who can mock and shame the Kings and Queens without fear of losing his head.

                                                                                        • M WeBzZ
                                                                                          M WeBzZ  3 days back

                                                                                          laserus3333 that’s awesome.

                                                                                      • maria muthoki
                                                                                        maria muthoki  4 days back

                                                                                        This is how kanye thinks he talks

                                                                                      • Dogge
                                                                                        Dogge  4 days back

                                                                                        Dave will be one of the greats that saves humanity from the PC culture

                                                                                        • Sean Pao
                                                                                          Sean Pao  4 days back

                                                                                          There are times when comedians start to transcend into philosophers. Carlin did, Hicks did. Now Dave did.

                                                                                          • Doug Collins
                                                                                            Doug Collins  4 days back

                                                                                            Dave is a great argument against racism existing,
                                                                                            He's the best comedian of our time,loved by white people

                                                                                            • Mr. Slappy
                                                                                              Mr. Slappy  4 days back

                                                                                              He held onto good intentions for 12 years, then came back to sell out. What a disappointment.