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.
www.kennedy-center.org/pages/specialevents/marktwain
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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  • YangGang. #Yang2020

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  • Listen to this man when he says he endorses Andrew Yang for POTUS. He knows his shit. Get on the boat folks!

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  • This will go down in history as the greatest acceptance speech ever.

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  • 0:57 He's talking about Burnt Chrysler

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  • Even it feel like stand up

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  • BEST ACCEPTANCE SPEECH I HAVE EVER HEARD IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.......I AM NOT A COMEDIAN, BUT IF YOU ARE GOING TO SUPPORT THE WORK YOU DO, EXPLAIN IT AND THE IMPORTANCE OF IT.......THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT.

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  • Thank you Dave for letting the lamb I really am understand what he has been looking at in the mirror for 41 yrs. ! Your interpretation is so much easier and less complex than anything I ever tried to put into words! But that lamb can also be a goat... as you are! 🙏🏼❗

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  • Perfect speech

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  • In this day and age I can sleep at night knowing good and well that Dave Chappelle would never be accused or exposed for some dirtbag sexual assault/harassment activity. This man is truly a noble soul.

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  • Such a pro, leaving many wanting more! Sweet.

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  • Dave Chappelle day!🎆🦸🏿‍♂️✊👀✨

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  • He's so god damn good. I dunno if any of this was planned, but man it comes off like he's just spitting of the top of his head and it's 8 minutes that could easily go into his act. "That's called leverage".... lol

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  • i love this guy

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  • Always ends his show with some real hip-hop. Chappelle and Mos Def, no better combo.

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  • is that his wife in pink?

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  • That woman next to his mentor has ramen noodles on her head

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  • David thank you. You have made me laugh and cry at the same time. Well southern comfort and good dope helped but your words should be taught in schools. I always wanted to be a comedian but was held back buy trying to please everyone. Speak the truth is what I've learned from you. More importantly speak your heart. My first HBO special is going to be named Leave your fucking religion at the door.

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  • The quote from his mom reminds me of Aslan in Chronicles of Narnia. There's a part in the books where Aslan becomes a lamb. Or Jesus' teaching that his disciples should be innocent as doves but cunning as snakes.

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  • I just browsed the comments to see the effect his speech had and as usual I'm not surprised to see so many people take a piece of this speech and internalize and walk away feeling better. This isn't wrong, but his message isn't in one piece, like his comedy and how he can bring things full circle you need to take the whole thing into consideration only then can you receive the full message and truly understand the wisdom this man is trying to impart. (IMHO)

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  • What a beautiful human being

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  • A statesman. He's a damn elder statesman now gosh

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  • Beautiful tribute to his mum! 🙂

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  • He needs to stop smoking so he can live longer

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  • Damn his son looks high as shit

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  • this aint chapelle. but decent clone/ replacer

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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

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  • Legend!!!!!

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  • Thank for you endorsing Andrew Yang! #YangGang 🧢

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

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

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  • Fuckin legend

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

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

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

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  • That was too good.

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  • 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

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  • Very INTELLIGENT MAN ...LOVE YA DAVE👄❤💖🌟🍄🌴🌸🌺

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

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

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  • No acknowledgement of his child or wife.

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  • Poetry.

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  • Chappelle stole the LGBTQ joke from Owen Benjamin.. Facts

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  • That tucker sitting next 2 r Kelley

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

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  • 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!

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

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

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    • Nah

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  • Guy is too intelligent

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

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  • dc FOR LIFE daves th GOAT

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  • Who down votes this?

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  • 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.

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  • Anyone who gets AWARDS FROM THE SYSTEM IS PART OF THE SYSTEM, MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT!!! SOLD OUT FOR FAME AND MAMMON!!

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    • True

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

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

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    • @Adonis Blake lol that's funny

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    • Tanya Vines go and lie down

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  • One of the best comedian next to the great Richard prior

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  • #HUMANITYFIRST #MATH #FREEDOMDIVIDEND #ENDORSEANDREWYANG

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  • Yang 2O2O

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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