Dave Chappelle Acceptance Speech | 2019 Mark Twain Prize

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    Dave Chappelle delivers a hilarious and sentimental acceptance speech during the Kennedy Center's 2019 Mark Twain Prize. Watch the full show on PBS: www.pbs.org/video/dave-chappe...

    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.

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    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.

    ABOUT THE MARK TWAIN PRIZE
    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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Jeffrey Ohler
Jeffrey Ohler

I'd love to see a Comedian Cap Battle with Dave. He'd dominate most of his opposition.

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Jeffrey Ohler
Jeffrey Ohler

Precisely why he's the best living comic. What a beautiful mind he has.

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Cara Artusa
Cara Artusa

GOATi love when he slaps his knee with mic

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Dylan Sibanda
Dylan Sibanda

I Always come back and watch this every once in a while 😍😅🤙

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Voodoo Shoes
Voodoo Shoes

Fucking Legend.

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ricaldo h
ricaldo h

What a great man

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Stump Bug
Stump Bug

Awe. I remember when he use to be funny

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Min .Ku
Min .Ku

There is NO FAT on his ability to tell a story. No tangents...no ahms...no parentheses for no reason....just pure protein.

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Alan Choi Chang
Alan Choi Chang

there is no dave chappelle day in washington dc. the dc part simply changed to be dave chappelle, so it is now washington dave chappelle.

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Beau Green
Beau Green

Beautiful

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Rich Kidz
Rich Kidz

This man smart bad!!!!!

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Kellen. MyRights
Kellen. MyRights

I love this guy! I don’t always agree with him. But, he is and has been the best since the 1st time I saw him. I always stop to see what he has to say because he’s smart and thinks in depth always. I Truly love this guy. I wish I could know him personally. I am white and almost 60 in case you are interested.

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Nikki
Nikki

Amen 🙏

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Cory Genovese
Cory Genovese

They "bleeped" shit and fuck but not N...and you want to pretend they're not constantly attempting to stoke racial tensions in order to conquer? Welcome to the Truman Show. I'm paddling out onto Lake Superior tomorrow and I'll let you know when I run into the wall that cages our lives. Peace

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njchelseafc
njchelseafc

grande Dave Chapelle csm

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The Randomizer
The Randomizer

that's the most subtle mic drop I've ever seen....

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I like big buds and I can not lie
I like big buds and I can not lie

This is the kind of leader and mentor you need in life. Dave can really wake you up when he speaks.

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Sam Le
Sam Le

Introspective. Intelligent. Perceptive. Memorable beyond compare.

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Squonk
Squonk

What a fucking joke.

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YangdaY
YangdaY

😭😭😭 Living Legend!!!

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Steven Gonzalez
Steven Gonzalez

I teared up when he brought up his mom

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Anatoly Alperovich
Anatoly Alperovich

So What . I have been raised same. Hostile environment . Most of us grow in such

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BONEZ 275
BONEZ 275

His mother gave birth to a LEGEND 💯

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Alexandria Fitts
Alexandria Fitts

My mother taught me nothing. I raised myself. I would have loved having a mom like Dave's mom. My life would have been so much richer. Dave was blessed to have her. And vice versa. God bless yall!!!

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Alexandria Fitts
Alexandria Fitts

Brilliant man who happens to be funny as shit

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M FG
M FG

Dave chappelle belongs to the ages... My favorite stand up comedian of all time

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Barry Wilson
Barry Wilson

Dave is just an awesome human being.🤙

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Fred Douglass
Fred Douglass

He leaves me drying my face.... one way or another. Outside of family, my favorite human.

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Ghost Click
Ghost Click

It must be nice to know this guy in person! And I never felt this way about any other celebrity!

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SLAYERSWINE
SLAYERSWINE

When will Cheech Marin & Tommy Chong be receiving their well deserved/earned Mark Twain Awards?

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Saqib Mahmood
Saqib Mahmood

does anyone know what shoes hes wearing here please?

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Jason Nisbet
Jason Nisbet

G.O.A.T...

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Antony Manuel
Antony Manuel

🙌👏👏👏👏👍🤘

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Mehdi
Mehdi

It goes to show what a difference a good parent can do

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finallyanime
finallyanime

i wish chappelle had a storytime series

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Barry richman
Barry richman

Them cigarettes are going to kill his ass ? 💀

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marina njer
marina njer

Where is this Rio guy from Africa, he seems like fun

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Randy Collins
Randy Collins

he's made me laugh many, but never cry until i saw this. i miss my mom. she's in heaven right now.

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Karan Gupta
Karan Gupta

Thank you sharing this

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bpip000
bpip000

It's Dave Chapelle giving one of his most iconic speeches ever and you bleep it?!?!

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Jay Ramsey
Jay Ramsey

Dave Chappelle day is on the calendar

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Karina Hernandez
Karina Hernandez

The cool dibble ultrastructurally copy because paint sequentially hang throughout a cloudy crook. elite, ugliest governor

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Aakash
Aakash

Respect this dude. Cried, felt real good.

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Marsha Rhodes
Marsha Rhodes

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Schmeler Errol
Schmeler Errol

The spurious chess conspicuously expect because engineer postoperatively consist circa a mysterious vacation. jobless, addicted bomber

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Karma Radaan
Karma Radaan

interesting choice to censor words like motherfucker and shit, but not the n-word... edit: didn't censor "bitch" either. weird.

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James Remington
James Remington

total class

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jwayne2k
jwayne2k

1:23 That part

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Cematu Chanel
Cematu Chanel

the Mom part is best

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JD
JD

Absolutely very True about Grio. Dave Chappelle a legend

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Sherrie Barvour
Sherrie Barvour

Yea, he finally sold out!!

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Mystic Produce
Mystic Produce

Gauuu!! Dave you Are such a kind human being and a genius. Thanks 🙏

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TheArabSandle
TheArabSandle

6:41 7:53

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Roger kechawah
Roger kechawah

I love this man!

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Samuel Fallon
Samuel Fallon

Chapelle for president

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Emillie
Emillie

Goosebumps

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quiltedquickerpicker
quiltedquickerpicker

Class Act

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Jevaun Santos Benjamin
Jevaun Santos Benjamin

The ending was PURE

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Dick Fitswell
Dick Fitswell

The wealth in that room is an 1/8th of the total US Debt

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Karen Grimes
Karen Grimes

Not afraid is a start... This is the beginning for each person wanting to achieve! Love you and what you are Dave Chappelle!

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Lil RylonXD
Lil RylonXD

A FUCCIN LEGEND

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Judia Gibson
Judia Gibson

You the GOAT

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Mikey Cuthbertson.
Mikey Cuthbertson.

THE FUCKING GOAT OF ALL GOATS

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Cris Céspedes
Cris Céspedes

This was touchfull, excellent.

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Homie El
Homie El

Lemme just say it as it is....Chance the rapper is a stand up guy 🙌....Pun intended

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Shakespeare1599
Shakespeare1599

The more I see Dave Chappelle speaking - not doing his set, just speaking - the more I think he’s one of the most intelligent people around. He’s clearly not learned or highly educated but he’s amazingly bright and sharp and insightful. Intelligence is very different from knowledge and beats it every time. Anyone can learn things and tell you about them but very few people make you want to quote the things they themselves say. In my opinion, Dave is as great a comic as there has ever been - and I love his comedy - but his blazing intelligence sets him apart from every other performer I can think of. And no one has ever been more deserving of this award and, more importantly, the tributes from so many legends of the business.

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Stolib7
Stolib7

This is called leverage,, you killed it bro 😂😂😂👍

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Candymantempting 41
Candymantempting 41

❤️❤️❤️👍🏻👍🏻. Love this man.

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#TruthTellingVandalsT4 #MHintoSDG3 #BryanWalker
#TruthTellingVandalsT4 #MHintoSDG3 #BryanWalker

Boring If a white dude made this most racist jokes? Prison Your only funny because your racist

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JY 91
JY 91

😂😂😂 cry

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Angela G.
Angela G.

Wait, is he really gay?

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Fitz Wilkinson
Fitz Wilkinson

the amendments line gets me every time

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Mateus Loubach
Mateus Loubach

"This is the truth, and you are obstructing it".. what a legendary line.

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At this moment
At this moment

keep in mind he is doing these jokes with his children and family in the audiance

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Lynda Bernadette
Lynda Bernadette

Thank you for smoking 🚬

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Danny87
Danny87

I didn't even realise he was smoking till he mentioned it😂

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nadeem iqbal
nadeem iqbal

G.O.A.T

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Ryan Ingram
Ryan Ingram

More than a legend, he's a prophet

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Subijoy Acharya
Subijoy Acharya

He is a legend, so many people look up to him, why is he using all cuss words and smoking it up?

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Lihe Wang
Lihe Wang

finally I know why it's called Washington DC

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Marc Colantuono
Marc Colantuono

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Catcher Freeman
Catcher Freeman

Dave doesn't apologize for his comedy

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Mustafa Aydid
Mustafa Aydid

Pure intelligence!

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99jaymes
99jaymes

A truly American Hero

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DenMCX
DenMCX

they bleeped out the word "f*ing" but not the n-word?... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Marcela Brown
Marcela Brown

Awesome, David. Congratulations

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Furry Feathers
Furry Feathers

Why censor Dave? They bleeped everything but when he said the N word.

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AidanDotDash
AidanDotDash

lucky enough to have seen dave live recently. he made us laugh for 45 minutes straight then talked to us about real topics for another 45. nothing but silence in the room while he was speaking then. the amount of of respect that man holds is astonishing. if any other comedian tried to do that during a set they would be booed but dave can make you laugh and then make you cry in the matter of a few moments. one of the best nights ever. thank you Dave Chappelle

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Silver Ocean
Silver Ocean

Aa he was wrapping up his philosophical musing about stand up comedy as an art form, we were so mesmerized by his intellect. And then he gives more appreciation on the platform he has to practice this art form, he dropped the bomb unexpectedly.... 3:40 He announced he is gay and he can't wait to see what being gay can benefit his career...... That's fucking brilliant in timing , content delivery order, and most important of all, element of surprise. Yeah, he wants to see how using race cards or gay card or any other victims cards can enhanced his career. He is just so fucking smart. He made you laugh hard and think deep.....

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Bigmuddog
Bigmuddog

Dave Chappelle is the best comedians to ever walk on this planet. So much love for you and respect my friend

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FavJam
FavJam

I aspire to be as successful as this man smoking indoor and saying whatever the fuck he wants

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Larry I
Larry I

Some people need to listen to what he is saying about the First Amendment and our liberal, leftist cancel culture. It's what he is addressing, although most of the white people in his audience are probably so guilt ridden, they are just happy to be in his presence.

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Kevin Lee
Kevin Lee

That was beautifully done.

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Jeremy Garzon
Jeremy Garzon

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Jeremy Garzon
Jeremy Garzon

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Jeremy Garzon
Jeremy Garzon

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Dj Lashes Oneforce Sound
Dj Lashes Oneforce Sound

Absolute respect for this guy, he is as real as it gets 🙏🏽🙏🏽

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Alexis Agbi
Alexis Agbi

Message Delivered amazingly Dave ♥️

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haythem Dridi S
haythem Dridi S

DAVE Chappelle gay ??! Jk but these blind followers are not above things like this. Shits getting ridiculous, It's becoming its own satire.

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Rod MacKinnon
Rod MacKinnon

Lol. His poor daughter at 6:41 now she knows dad.

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Ignacio Cortorreal
Ignacio Cortorreal

1:57 leverage 6:57 that lip sync is memorable

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