It is the man who has made the whole world laugh. Maybe not the whole world but the majority of it. This is Dave Chappelle, the American Stand-up comedian who took the world by laughter. Not storm, laughter.
While his career is very much always climbing uphill, he made some decisions that could have wiped off the smile from his face right away. But as someone has said, the way to people’s heart is through laughter. And he’s got tons of it.
But it is his personal life that we are here to discuss and learn more about today. Who is Dave Chappelle off the stage and camera? His personal life is quite interesting. Meet Dave Chappelle, his family. A complete bio.
Dave Chappelle Married Life
Some people who have cracked the code to woman’s thoughts and language claim that if you can make a girl fall in love if you can make her laugh. Well, if that is the case, then Dave Chappelle ruled over the heart of millions of women out there, including you. He has got the skill set people, the skill and talent that can make the grumpiest person crack up and laugh.
That is just how this American stand-up comedian works. He makes people smile, laughs, rolls on the floor while cramping up with laughter. That is starting to sound like a thriller storyline. We’ll stop.
But, what we are here to find today is if Dave Chappelle has someone like that in his life who could make him happy. It is a tough job to make a comedian laugh without receiving some sort of criticism. But we’re not talking about some stand-up comedian faceoff here.
We’re talking about the personal life of Dave Chappelle. Is he married to someone? If so, then who is his wife? One thing is sure, the woman who has managed to steal Dave’s heart is one lucky person. Lucky because you don’t always find a humorous guy like Dave.
As it so happens, Dave Chappelle is married, and his wife is Elaine Chappelle. You, as a fan, have every right to be jealous of her. But there’s no denying the fact that Elaine is one beautiful woman. We do not blame Dave for falling for her because anybody would.
She has got the looks that can make anyone melt – seriously she does. Dave and Elaine married each other after dating for years. In 2001, the wedding took place, and the couple swapped vows while surrounded by close friends and family.
However, there is a back story to their relationship, and it is not what most people expect. Many of us think that Elaine swooned over Dave, but it is the other way around. Let’s just learn about it in detail.
How Dave Met Wife Elaine
Many years ago, when Dave was single and was open to relationship and dating, Elaine caught his attention. Naturally, Dave liked Elaine and started to make attempts in talking with her. However, Elaine, who is inclined more on the introvert side of the spectrum, was not comfortable around people with loud nature, and loud nature is what made Dave Chappelle who he is today.
Both of them were very different from each other. However, Elaine gave Dave a chance and started dating him, but only she knew how hesitant she was feeling about her decision.
After a couple of talks and dates, Elaine uncovered Dave’s mask. She found out that Dave was, in reality, a shy guy. All that did not make sense to her at first, but she came around his personality. Dave was a loud person who put up that personality to mask his shy nature.
Needless to say, Elaine fell in love eventually, and the two became inseparable. Soon, they started dating and meeting regularly and fell more deeply.
Dave, who was madly in love with Elaine, courted her before marriage.
Who Is Elaine Chappelle?
Elaine Chappelle, before being married to David, was known as Elaine Mendoza Erfe. She was born on August 31, 1974, in Brooklyn, New York. Even though she was born in the United States, Elaine has Philippine ancestry. She has raised with traditional Christian virtues in her family, Elaine, as a child aimed to become a chef.
While she did not pursue a career in the hospitality sector, she does make delicious food at home. Her profession at the moment is not clear, which has led fans to speculate that she looks after the family.
Family With Wife Elaine
After falling in love gradually, making it up to marriage, the couple started living together as husband and wife pretty happily. Both of them had everything they wanted to make them happy. But as you grow older together in marriage, the need for family grows as well.
That is what happened to the couple, Dave and Elaine. They wanted to have a family, and so they did. Dave and Elaine have a total of three children together; two sons and a daughter.
They decided to name their sons Sulayman Chappelle and Ibrahim Chappelle. Their daughter is named Sonal Chappelle. Unfortunately, the couple has not revealed any details about their children’s birthday. However, it seems like all their kids are either below teenage or are teenagers.
The Chappelle family at the moment lives near Yellow Springs in Ohio. The fact that property there is not as expensive as the ones in major cities made Dave choose that place. Another major factor that led to Chappelle near Yellow Springs is because of the neighborhood. He said that he was glad to know that living there did not cost $50 million and that he only needed a nice smile and thanked his neighbors for being the best he has known so far.
You might also be wondering why the name of his children is not exactly American sounding. It’s because they are not American at all; they are Muslim names.
Dave Chappelle Into Islam
Dave was born in the United States; however, since 1998, he turned from a Christian to Muslim. That is right; in 1998, Dave converted his religion and embraced Islam after he immersed himself into the knowledge the religion provided him. He also named his children in Islamic fashion. However, he does not talk about him being a Muslim now.
On the contrary, Dave likes to keep this discussion private so that people do not make prejudice assumptions about him and the flaws he possesses. He said in an interview with Time Magazine,
Dave keeps his peace with other religions and does not believe in race and religion. It is a matter of belief that is all.
Dave Chappelle Bio, Age
American stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle was born on August 24, 1973, in Washington, D.C., United States of America and is currently 45 years old. He was born to parents William David Chappelle III and Yvonne K. Chappelle Seon who both were professors.
Although born in Washington, he grew up in Maryland, where he joined Woodlin Elementary School. Later, he went on to participate at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and graduated in theatre arts.
He made an appearance on TV in 1990, and after that, he moved to New York in order to pursue his career in the entertainment field. He has also appeared in Def Comedy Jam, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Getting In, and many more.
After much hard work, Chappelle started getting attention and soon his own show finally aired. It was called Chappelle’s Show. The show’s rating skyrocketed and Comedy Central channel’s network on which the show aired, it’s parent company offered Chappelle a $55 million contract.
However, the show’s fame started affecting him both physically and mentally as he was working for 20 hours a day. In the middle of production, he went off on an unauthorized trip to South Africa for a much-needed reflection on life. After much contemplation, he decided to continue his career, and in 2018, he won Grammy for Best Comedy Album.
He also has bagged an Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special. During his time as a comedian, he appeared on shows like Saturday Night Live, HBO Comedy Half-Hour, Wanda at Large, The Larry Sanders Show and has appeared in movies like Con Air, Damn Whitey, You’ve Got Mail, Undercover Brother, Screwed and A Star Is Born.
With all that success, Dave currently has a net worth of $42 million. He also owns multiple properties and is working on increasing the numbers.