Dave Chappelle Acceptance Speech | 2019 Mark Twain Prize
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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Michaels (2004), Steve Martin (2005), Neil Simon (2006), Billy Crystal (2007), George Carlin (2008), Bill Cosby (2009, rescinded in 2018) Tina Fey (2010), Will Ferrell (2011), Ellen DeGeneres (2012), Carol Burnett (2013) Jay Leno (2014), Eddie Murphy (2015), Bill Murray (2016), David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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  • AD

    Beautiful tribute to his mum! 🙂

  • Timbone

    He needs to stop smoking so he can live longer

  • Faith Nyagah
    Faith Nyagah

    Damn his son looks high as shit

  • Marc Kipfer
    Marc Kipfer

    this aint chapelle. but decent clone/ replacer

  • Abe Rafik
    Abe Rafik

    I would love to have a smoke break with Dave Chappelle even tho im not a smoker anymore ill break one out just to hear his stories

  • Thomas Nilsson
    Thomas Nilsson

    Saw him last night in Bangkok. Never tought I would get to see him live. One of the biggest and best if not the biggest and best of all time.

  • Retro917

    Good for him, he truly deserved it! Wonder where his boy John Mayer in all this ..

  • Raj Beats
    Raj Beats


  • Caleb Ventura
    Caleb Ventura

    Thank for you endorsing Andrew Yang! #YangGang 🧢

  • Curtis Stewart
    Curtis Stewart

    Well deserved!! Dave is hilarious!!😂😂🤣👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

  • Darian Mills
    Darian Mills

    I am so proud that I understand all the references to his stand up in the comments

  • hanzoswrd

    Fuckin legend

  • Prodigal Sun
    Prodigal Sun

    Why so many dislikes? I'm baffled. Long live Chappell!

  • Moderately Amused
    Moderately Amused

    That was definitely a reluctant laugh and clap from Jon Stewart on the 2nd amendment joke.

  • Shark Partyer
    Shark Partyer

    *1st Amendment is first for a reason. 2nd Amendment is just in case the first one doesn't work out.* -Dave Chappelle

  • ketchup sos
    ketchup sos

    That was too good.

  • fullthrottlemaxrpm

    I like him but he should have curbed the swearing. It’s an honor to be receiving that award and in those types of occasions you should be more classy

  • Sunny Times
    Sunny Times


  • Sunny Times
    Sunny Times

    I agree...he took the place of Carlin in his commentaries. I LOVE LOVE LOVE DAVE💞🍄🌸🌺

  • Sunny Times
    Sunny Times

    ABSOLUTE LY LOVE THIS MAN!!!💖👍🌟😎🌟💗💞💫💖💖💖💖🌸🍄🍄🍄🌸🌺🌸🌺🌸🍄🍄

  • Kenny Gray
    Kenny Gray

    No acknowledgement of his child or wife.

  • Sir SooS
    Sir SooS


  • Luminary

    Chappelle stole the LGBTQ joke from Owen Benjamin.. Facts

  • ashraf shaik
    ashraf shaik

    That tucker sitting next 2 r Kelley

  • jfbarrey74

    Dave is just an Awesome comedian, poet, storyteller, and most importantly Down-to-Earth human being.

  • tabularasa7711

    as if this is a normal youtube clip about a cool acceptance speech, I began scanning through the comments. Fool i am. I know when I've been touched, when I've heard the truth spoken by an original voice going meta about his/her own art, emotionally caught unprepared to hear appreciation and courage with guts and context put to it. I don't need to scroll down and read. I don't need you mf's (all of you who i agree with below, yay Dave!) to verify what I'm feeling in my teary-eyed, middle of the night, jet-lagged sweaty overcome with emotion Jeffness. No sir-ee. This Mark Twain Prize was given well, received well and deserves to be the acceptance speech heard round the world. Best moment for me was the finale, that cut-away reaction shot to Sarah Silverman choking up with tears while Dave's saying, "And that's why I love my art form. Because I understand every practitioner of it, whether I agree with them or not, I know where they're comin' from: They wanna be heard. They got somethin' to say. They're's somethin' they noticed. They just wanna be un-der-stood. Love this genre. It saved my life." Beautiful soft kid, grown lovely man, in command of the words he's spoken, said, done, and delivered. Damnit Dave, I'm inspired. Love you. Thank you. Keep on going. Keep It Coming, Man!

  • Tekaai Kaewaniti
    Tekaai Kaewaniti

    Dave Chappelle endorsed US Presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Please google Andrew Yang, you will not be disappointed. Yang 2020!

    • Tekaai Kaewaniti
      Tekaai Kaewaniti

      @Adonis Blake it's for your own benefits. No other candidates can solve problems than he can.

    • Adonis Blake
      Adonis Blake


  • chris kwesi
    chris kwesi

    Guy is too intelligent

  • crackaassedcracka

    I'd like it if Dave Chappelle was funny again, but I guess that isn't coming back

  • Collabrio Studios 2.0
    Collabrio Studios 2.0

    dc FOR LIFE daves th GOAT

  • Clay C
    Clay C

    Who down votes this?

  • Joe Corrao
    Joe Corrao

    Reading through the comments, it makes me just a little sad that no one mentioned that Dave is standing on the shoulders of one Richard Pryor.

  • Ray Delavega
    Ray Delavega


  • Tanya Vines
    Tanya Vines

    That's what being a sell out do. Clone.

    • Tanya Vines
      Tanya Vines

      @Adonis Blake I'll go lay down and you go wake up cause you sleeping on what's really going on.

    • Tanya Vines
      Tanya Vines

      @Adonis Blake lol that's funny

    • Adonis Blake
      Adonis Blake

      Tanya Vines go and lie down

  • bigmo72

    One of the best comedian next to the great Richard prior

  • Dennis Robinson
    Dennis Robinson


  • Andre "the book man" Page
    Andre "the book man" Page

    Yang 2O2O

  • ZapPH YouTube
    ZapPH YouTube

    Mr. Chapelle thank you for your kind heart...you donated P1 million to the Taal Volcano victims. Your passion for your job and how you interact with the audience transcends culture, race and creed. Thank you.

  • BassHeadJazz

    Loved the Netflix specials, been a huge fan since half baked. Good to see the extreme left hasn't ruined comedy, definitely deserves the recognition.

  • ExclusiveLM

    Dave is our Richard Pryor. Period. Except Dave replaced the crack pipe for cigarettes. That shit will kill him too. But, at least it will take longer so we can learn from this great human being a little longer.

  • Jeffrey Alexander
    Jeffrey Alexander

    He is the one and only !!! The best there is!!! Love him!!!

  • L͓̽A͓̽N͓̽D͓̽O͓̽

    Dave’s mom is a beautiful powerful black soul much respect to him Nd his family raised em right

  • Nate Ejobson
    Nate Ejobson

    "Sometimes you have to be a lion, so you can be the lamb you really are." That is powerful.

  • Rasha Daily لندن
    Rasha Daily لندن

    One of the best ❤️

  • KAMI

    MAN!! ❤️❤️❤️ Just take a second. And LISTEN

  • Snake Plisskin
    Snake Plisskin

    All the dumb people in the comments who think Dave is gay it was a joke you idiots 😂😂😂😂

  • Wrecktitude Media
    Wrecktitude Media

    lol Much love and respect from Canada, thanks Dave you badass.

  • ivan riobla
    ivan riobla

    The GOAT !!!!!

  • Ayan Chowdhury
    Ayan Chowdhury

    “It took me years to learn how to play like myself.” What a beautiful quote by Miles Davis.

  • Tyrone Biggums
    Tyrone Biggums

    The greatest comedian EVER

  • The Truth will prevail
    The Truth will prevail

    Very well deserved 👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿

  • Sonny Pearce
    Sonny Pearce

    great speech! maybe i missed the joke if there even was one but is he actually gay?

  • Elder Children
    Elder Children

    Man I wish they'd played out the Mos Def and Thundercat recording. What a combo

  • CokeVoAYCE

    this is a beautiful speech. this guy is a comedic legend and he's extremely intelligent. he endorsed andrew yang for president for a reason. **google andrew yang**

    • Tekaai Kaewaniti
      Tekaai Kaewaniti

      Andrew Yang for President 2020!

  • Bennett

    He had this crowd by the grip. Dave Chappelle is a fucking legend.

  • Kyle Wixson
    Kyle Wixson

    iam 53 u r great . and still r

  • Badass McGilicutty
    Badass McGilicutty

    So because he’s a “struggling black actor” he gets an award? Like a spoiled brat?

  • Justin Time
    Justin Time

    His Wife is stunning!

  • Michael DeSilvio
    Michael DeSilvio

    💪👹🤳Michelle Obama murdered Joan Rivers with its barehands.

  • mshrewsbury11

    A legend...