Dave Chappelle is one of America’s most popular standup comedians who had his own show on TV called “The Chappelle Show”, where he showed weekly funny sketches of mostly stereotypical characters. These Sketches have become iconic in American pop-culture and have been used in hundreds of memes. It has pioneered the Skit program scene and SNL has drawn a lot of inspiration from the Chappelle show. He’s influenced the new generation of comedians and has accomplished a great deal of success in his life. Today we take a look at his net worth, and how he made his money.
Net Worth: $42 Million
David Khari Webber was born on the 24th of August, 1973. After he had some supporting role in various movies like “The Nutty Professor” and “You’ve Got Mail”, he got his own show on Comedy Central in 2003. This show grew to be one of the household names in Pop-culture and is still heavily referenced in this day and age. Especially his skit “Reparations” has become a classic. Check out an excerpt of that episode below.
His main source of income at this moment is through Netflix specials, his standup comedy and his royalties from re-runs of the show. Like Seinfeld, the Chappelle show is one of America’s most re-ran program, and this gives Dave Chappelle a nice boost to his net worth in the form of royalties. Every time an episode is shown again on a TV station around the world, they pay a small fee to the comedian. This also goes for radio and streaming music. It’s one of the reasons why every band has a Christmas song in their repertoire and tries their best on it: because the income of the royalties is perpetual.
He also likes to do his stand-up comedy routine in various clubs like the Comedy Store in LA. Joe Rogan told on his Podcast that Chappelle likes to jump in and out of the store un-announced and that he just goes on stage and does a half-hour routine as a surprise. He obviously doesn’t have to do it for the money anymore, so it’s only about keeping up his comedy skills and honing his craft. He still writes new material and uses that for his Netflix specials.
Chappelle’s career is far from over. Although he’s taken a step back and is taking a more slow approach, he’s still out there. In November 2016, Business Insider reported that Chappelle had signed a deal with Netflix to bring out 3 comedy specials on the video streaming platform. Although the figure of $60 million that Business Insider reported is way too optimistic, it certainly netted him at least a cool $15 million.
Chappelle has said he’s been influenced by a lot of the great comedians like Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, and Mel Blanc. He in turn himself has also influenced a whole new generation of comedians. Kevin Hart has described Chappelle as the “Greatest stand-up comedian of all time”.