"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: https://www.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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  • Sweet G
    Sweet G  3 hours back

    I wish I could get back my signed dvd from Dave, it was the best night! 🤩🤩
    ☮ and 💜 Dave ♡ Candy !!

    • Dj Short circit
      Dj Short circit  10 hours back

      Dave, I love you Man....
      I was a kid when your show came out.... Youve helped me in ways you didnt even intend to, not gay tho... Sorry but youre not my type... See... You dont have a pussy...
      Anyway..... Your comedy helped distract me from the drama going on around me, I thank you for the funny. I even looked your ass up in the past in those 90's atire .... Damn near Eddie Murphy status😶
      Without all the leather though. 😅
      Then you disappeared again... 😒
      Happy you came back. Even more happy to see all the new shit!!!! If you ever feel like dying, go out like george Carlin, doing the shit that you enjoy... Or just talking shit whatever makea you feel better.

      • aundrea dalrymple
        aundrea dalrymple  13 hours back

        Thanks for comen back, your are totally precious. I loved what you did for your Mom. Loved what she did for u.

        • Dmix remix
          Dmix remix  15 hours back

          Okay, I'm going to do it.

          • Mel Jordan Iii
            Mel Jordan Iii  24 hours back

            Dave's style includes the true power of free thinking over speech. He talks, like a friend you know sharing his day with you. That one on one approach, makes it seems to matter most.

            • James
              James  1 days 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  1 days back

                We needed you back Dave.

                • Zach Van Harris JR
                  Zach Van Harris JR  2 days back

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

                  • Harry Rose
                    Harry Rose  2 days back

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

                    • 10GALLEN81
                      10GALLEN81  2 days 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  2 days back

                        I would love to read a book written by Dave

                        • enilyksnor
                          enilyksnor  2 days back

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

                          • Terrence Hamilton
                            Terrence Hamilton  3 days back

                            This is freestyle Dave huh? Probably testing stuff

                            • Ezz eldin saleh
                              Ezz eldin saleh  3 days back

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

                              • MartyisGreat2020
                                MartyisGreat2020  3 days back

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

                                • ROZE BLAZE
                                  ROZE BLAZE  3 days back

                                  DA G.O.A.T

                                  • Taylor Lowery
                                    Taylor Lowery  3 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  3 days back

                                      Say it anyway! Love me some Dave

                                      • Ares Apollo
                                        Ares Apollo  3 days back

                                        One of greatest standup artists ever.

                                        • dj dino
                                          dj dino  3 days back

                                          The man is just pure genius!

                                          • oh gee
                                            oh gee  3 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  3 days back

                                              Kevin hart where?

                                              • Clarence Smith
                                                Clarence Smith  3 days back

                                                That's not dave

                                                • newcastle
                                                  newcastle  4 days back

                                                  Working on material. Love it. Training

                                                  • Samsong D.
                                                    Samsong D.  4 days back

                                                    I regret I didn't grow up watching him

                                                    • John Becerra
                                                      John Becerra  4 days back


                                                      • M A ADAM
                                                        M A ADAM  4 days back

                                                        He needs talented writer to write his autobiography

                                                        • Peter Tekippe
                                                          Peter Tekippe  4 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  4 days back

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

                                                            • Ramiro jr Zuniga
                                                              Ramiro jr Zuniga  4 days back

                                                              Dave is YANG GANG!🧢

                                                              • Victor
                                                                Victor  4 days back

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

                                                                • Vex T
                                                                  Vex T  4 days back

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

                                                                  • Christopher Yan
                                                                    Christopher Yan  4 days back

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

                                                                    • Joan Ridgeway
                                                                      Joan Ridgeway  4 days back

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

                                                                      • Chef C
                                                                        Chef C  4 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  5 days back

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

                                                                            • Chaz Carter
                                                                              Chaz Carter  5 days back

                                                                              Hell yeah
                                                                              It’s crip

                                                                              • Sauce Gandhi
                                                                                Sauce Gandhi  5 days back


                                                                                • Vandal Savage
                                                                                  Vandal Savage  5 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  5 days back

                                                                                    Dave drunk as fuck on this lol

                                                                                    • Pendragon Love
                                                                                      Pendragon Love  5 days back

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

                                                                                      • Austin p
                                                                                        Austin p  5 days back

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

                                                                                        • Kevin Jackson
                                                                                          Kevin Jackson  5 days back

                                                                                          That lady up front, dave chappelle looked down

                                                                                          • jaymoneyymoney
                                                                                            jaymoneyymoney  5 days back

                                                                                            Dave Chappell is the goat 💯

                                                                                            • cbshine
                                                                                              cbshine  5 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  5 days back

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

                                                                                                • laserus3333
                                                                                                  laserus3333  5 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  4 days back

                                                                                                    laserus3333 that’s awesome.