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-chappelle-the-kennedy-center-mark-twain-prize-qbmxgn/
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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  1. Jason Heilman - Musical Remedies
    Jason Heilman - Musical Remedies
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    This dude..... my God

  2. matthew patrick
    matthew patrick
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    Brilliant.

  3. Aravind Ganapathy
    Aravind Ganapathy
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    It is so wierd that he does not thank his wife.

  4. David Jennings
    David Jennings
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    The gift he has of telling a story and captivating all who listen is a trait of a true legend. Watching this video and seeing the red progress bar get closer the end is a subtle reminder to cherish every moment in life.

  5. Jose Duarte
    Jose Duarte
    7 օր առաջ

    You can tell he really touched Sarah Silverman w his speech about comedy

  6. Rachel Olson
    Rachel Olson
    7 օր առաջ

    Why am I bawling?? Elegance!

  7. DEPREESINGLY HAPPY
    DEPREESINGLY HAPPY
    7 օր առաջ

    7:25 - 7:30 Is sarah Silverman crying?

  8. Ariba Zariba
    Ariba Zariba
    10 օր առաջ

    I love the cigarette part

  9. Paul pvhl
    Paul pvhl
    11 օր առաջ

    I'm through the first half -- and I love this guy -- but what Dave's saying is that anyone who was offended by Kramer's heckler response outburst, including those being personally addressed at the time, simply don't appreciate art. There's a small part of me that agrees, but life taught me to put filters on everything I say and do, except when creating music. So, I'm no judge, but some POVs simply don't need to be expressed in a healthy environment where they can only pollute, not immunize. I'd call that one's 'ethical responsibility' to do no harm to one's neighbour. To me, Dave's humour walks in that light; however extreme it might appear on the surface, he's almost always bringing light.

  10. Michael Yirdaw
    Michael Yirdaw
    11 օր առաջ

    The acceptance speech is a comedy special all on its own

  11. Manila
    Manila
    11 օր առաջ

    The asian girl with her phone out how orginal..

  12. en mejora
    en mejora
    11 օր առաջ

    Who's the gorgeous woman with the H on her shoulder at minute 3:45?

  13. Sanag Chophel
    Sanag Chophel
    12 օր առաջ

    Not gonna lie watching dave getting an award made me tear up

  14. Ammar Najjar
    Ammar Najjar
    12 օր առաջ

    every speech he makes is an incredible literature for future generations.

  15. Dan J
    Dan J
    15 օր առաջ

    Dave Chappelle the Griot 💥💫

  16. ronney Polary
    ronney Polary
    16 օր առաջ

    Actually Brazil will beat you gus on producing comedians. Actually, i think we already have.

  17. Paul Pinto
    Paul Pinto
    17 օր առաջ

    I always come for 1:57. LEVERAGE

  18. Jason DeFalco
    Jason DeFalco
    18 օր առաջ

    That’s not Dave

  19. Bhupesh Chataut
    Bhupesh Chataut
    20 օր առաջ

    Thank you!!'

  20. Lucifer SkyWalker
    Lucifer SkyWalker
    21 օր առաջ

    grio in Spanish is a grasshopper , hence a Wiseman using grasshopper in a sentence when giving knowledge to the student or young , shalom

  21. Filix Menendez
    Filix Menendez
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    This genre is from here no doubt, but in Mexico stand up comedy is very popular[ Humores lo comediantes, y chin chin al que no se ría]

  22. Drugen Melon
    Drugen Melon
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    why would they beep curse words? they are too soft.

  23. Chris Heidt
    Chris Heidt
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    Dave is a national treasure!!!

  24. Jimmy Clery
    Jimmy Clery
    24 օր առաջ

    David my friend, come and visit IRELAND. WE ARE ALL fucking comedians. Especially our government

  25. Chet Mebius
    Chet Mebius
    25 օր առաջ

    Of course they honored this man. His entire career is based on identity humor, just watch his racial draft skit. It's terribly racist, as is 90% of his jokes. He has contributed to driving the Democrats into power by this incessant race hustling. He is just another pawn in their ultimate goal to have complete power. Soon we will be just like China and Russia, one-party rule with a few oligarchs struggling to stay relavent. Jeff Bezos you are going to Jack Maed out of existence once they force you to sell your shares to members of the democrat party. Sorry Dave, history will not be kind to you.

  26. Anokh Singh
    Anokh Singh
    26 օր առաջ

    First guy who didnt said a word about his wife :-) The guy is genius....i dont think we can ever have a comedian like him ever

  27. Abdul Karim
    Abdul Karim
    26 օր առաջ

    Dave’s mom is the most beautiful lady I seen in ages

  28. TheBlackhorndown
    TheBlackhorndown
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    6:48 felt like the most powerful part of the speech to me. It made me shed a tear or two...

  29. Bob Watters
    Bob Watters
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    Wow I can't believe Dave got a laugh and applause from a room full of libs with that 2A joke. I'm seriously shocked. Especially since BOTH are under attack from half the people in that room.

  30. napoleon yong
    napoleon yong
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    Dude, Chapelle's kid is his exact replica.

  31. roald dahl
    roald dahl
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    6:25 (really 6:27) -- you know youre something when all morgan freeman warrants is a 1.5 second side angle shot during your speech.

  32. Dominic Guevarra
    Dominic Guevarra
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    lol typical Filipina habit at 2:13. Recording your love ones during an award or ceremony

  33. jeff espelarga
    jeff espelarga
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    Go Dave!!!

  34. Ernie Tejeda
    Ernie Tejeda
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    The Living Legend 💯

  35. Ryan M77
    Ryan M77
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    God that was beautiful Thank you Dave!!!

  36. Nathanael F
    Nathanael F
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    I could listen to Dave talk for hours

  37. Jamila Murray
    Jamila Murray
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    G.O.A.T..❤️❤️💪🏿🇯🇲

  38. Jo Sil
    Jo Sil
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  39. Elisha J.O
    Elisha J.O
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    Chance the rapper stood up for mama....and everyone else followed. Dave Chapelle's goat

  40. Lillian Vazquez
    Lillian Vazquez
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    Beautiful speech thank you

  41. Funny Fails Youtube
    Funny Fails Youtube
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    Beautiful mind.

  42. اكرم حسن
    اكرم حسن
    Ամիս առաջ

    وكلهم رموز عالميه سيبقون في ذاكره محبيهم خدموا الوطن والشعب

  43. اكرم حسن
    اكرم حسن
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    الراحل كوني براينت مسلم والراحل محمد علي كلاي مسيحي وشاكيل أونيل يهودي ومايكل جوردن كلهم

  44. Yellow Asian
    Yellow Asian
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    It’s so incredible that Dave can describe the industry that he is in in such serious manner when the whole genre is seen as being childish and immature

  45. Thanos snap
    Thanos snap
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    How the fuck do we even deserve Dave? I'm just so glad i was around when he was. Wish i could tell my great great great great great grandchildren.... "i was there, and i saw Chapelle do his thing."

  46. J M
    J M
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    I got chills when he dropped the 2nd amendment joke. but i teared up when his mom mouthed his words.

  47. Ronxinator
    Ronxinator
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    7:13 Why I do Stand Up

  48. Tyler Bell
    Tyler Bell
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    The cool lipstick apically pray because jail superiorly sparkle throughout a succinct spark. bewildered, ignorant step-son

  49. Bobby Kibby
    Bobby Kibby
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    It's really awesome to see Chris Tucker and Marlon wayans is sitting together

  50. 1nph3kt
    1nph3kt
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    the friggin goat man!

  51. Aldilan Noorman
    Aldilan Noorman
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    Public speaking lvl 10000

  52. Elizabeth Fuhr
    Elizabeth Fuhr
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    Dave Chapelle, the god of stand-up comedy.

  53. Julie Julie
    Julie Julie
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    The aback joke extracellularly pray because fish alarmingly admire around a dead nylon. comfortable, impartial bagpipe

  54. Ameerul Aqmal Malek
    Ameerul Aqmal Malek
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    "Sometimes you have to be a lion, so you can the lamb you really are" Thanks Chapppelle mom.. I'm gonna apply that..

  55. 노언석
    노언석
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    The damp aluminium scilly borrow because bar lastly juggle besides a nonchalant berry. illegal, parched revolver

  56. Be a Winna
    Be a Winna
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    Dave- you have helped make this pandemic bearable. I discovered a lot on You Tube and you, my man, are a gem! Because we don't have to conform to the norm to be our true authentic selves! We can be irreverent, politicly incorrect, just to shine the light on our common humanity. I do that, not everyone gets me, but that's ok. Love Rules.. `We come in with love and we go out with love'- Bill Murray said that, pass it on...

  57. Maghen Shaw
    Maghen Shaw
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    A true mother/son connection...he is connected to his champion....his mama

  58. That Dude
    That Dude
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    Sometimes you gotta be a lion so you can bet the lamb you really are 👏🏾👏🏾

  59. Steve Libby
    Steve Libby
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    Holy shit, his child looks just like him. "Deepfake Dave Chappelle as child".

  60. Bob Orsini
    Bob Orsini
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    A very bright man!

  61. PANTELIS IOANNOU
    PANTELIS IOANNOU
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    This man i s a national treasure

  62. AgileKhan
    AgileKhan
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    I'm sure it must be common knowledge to many but I had never heard of griots. This explains so much of where Dave's insights and wisdom comes from.

  63. Ten Fu
    Ten Fu
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    Dave's wife is a baddie

  64. Luke Ylias
    Luke Ylias
    Ամիս առաջ

    IS there footage of thundercat and Mos defs performance?

  65. Chris Bradley
    Chris Bradley
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    They picked the perfect day for "Dave Chappell's Day", my birthday

  66. Victor Nascimento
    Victor Nascimento
    Ամիս առաջ

    Mos Def and Thundercat... damn

  67. Okay Moonshine
    Okay Moonshine
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    I wonder if Michael Che realized that the joke about the constitutional amendments dave made was so similar to his punch line in michael che matters

  68. Immanuella Regina Nwanedo
    Immanuella Regina Nwanedo
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    I literally cried when he was done

  69. zedd_ zedd_
    zedd_ zedd_
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    Brilliant!

  70. Thomas R. Anderson
    Thomas R. Anderson
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    The stupid odometer isely chase because step-grandmother rahilly face with a crooked kenya. better, heavenly heavy hellish armadillo

  71. AckzaTV
    AckzaTV
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    man i expected to see a dave Chappelle show sketch with the Mark Twain from Star Trek TNG

  72. Daniel Masis
    Daniel Masis
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    The noxious ptarmigan generically print because math bodily soak to a probable fireman. calculating, elated talk

  73. Petter Tran
    Petter Tran
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  74. Mohsen Alam
    Mohsen Alam
    Ամիս առաջ

    Every time I hear "mom, mom, mom, mom"... What a level of appreciation, respect, love Eyes are watery...

  75. Gary McAleer
    Gary McAleer
    Ամիս առաջ

    He's a mama's boy like Israel's Jacob.

  76. Gary McAleer
    Gary McAleer
    Ամիս առաջ

    This brother got in there just before the S.H.I.T. hit the fan and America's favorite president lost to liars and thieves.

  77. Sulamon
    Sulamon
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    this is one of the best speeches ever, period!

  78. Andy McTighe
    Andy McTighe
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    THE GOAT

  79. Gered Lodi
    Gered Lodi
    Ամիս առաջ

    The woozy experience summarily encourage because authorization regularly listen in a free sea. abandoned, fast coach

  80. Blade Runner6997
    Blade Runner6997
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    Sarah Silverman is close to tears towards the end of this and a moment before the camera panned to her showing that emotion I felt it too. Dave Chappelle is overly deserving of this award if that's even possible given that this is the yearly "Mark Twain Award" and he is my favorite author. Cheers

  81. Santiago Bedoya
    Santiago Bedoya
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    Im not crying, its just the onion ninjas...

  82. Ryan Richards
    Ryan Richards
    Ամիս առաջ

    Dude, this man screams articulation.

  83. 노언석
    노언석
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  84. Stanton Aldrich
    Stanton Aldrich
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  85. David Roberts aka D-Black
    David Roberts aka D-Black
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    Interesting how the N-word wasn’t censored...😒🤔😒🤔

  86. JoeGAfanatic
    JoeGAfanatic
    Ամիս առաջ

    I foresee in 30 years this man is going to sound exactly like Mother Jefferson.

  87. Edgar Perez
    Edgar Perez
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    Dave Chappelle is the best.

  88. Suleman ibn Moosa
    Suleman ibn Moosa
    Ամիս առաջ

    Legend

  89. Suleman ibn Moosa
    Suleman ibn Moosa
    Ամիս առաջ

    Legend

  90. Douglas Ross
    Douglas Ross
    Ամիս առաջ

    I got I got an opening line for you it's not a coke and a smile any more

  91. Nerine Edwards
    Nerine Edwards
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    Oh man when he mentioned mama .I started crying because I am a single mom who always find the time for my kids. I love this man to pieces. 😙😙😙🤗🤗

    1. Dom Francis
      Dom Francis
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      Your kids have a father. Single mom concept is over rated.

  92. Simp4DLemon
    Simp4DLemon
    Ամիս առաջ

    Sell out

  93. Nekisha C. Guity
    Nekisha C. Guity
    Ամիս առաջ

    Told that man to eat his vegetables 😄

  94. Concerned Citizen
    Concerned Citizen
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    This dude is smart on a level that you don’t realize until you have listened to him on multiple occasions. Intellect is found in the places and people your willing to let happen and be themselves whilst you just openly listen.

  95. tyrone williams
    tyrone williams
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    AMget: BORN GOD: Character of a Man: CHECK IT OUT

  96. Dan Onil Galang
    Dan Onil Galang
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    I never got the chance to see Pryor, too late to appreciate Murphy's stand up works,. But I got Chappelle. His my generations stand up legend.

  97. Peo Senau
    Peo Senau
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    Wow Dave's wife is gorgeous!

  98. Alexander Taylor 2
    Alexander Taylor 2
    2 ամիս առաջ

    Wow! This Man has done it again. Words have power!!!

  99. Blitzkrieg-MeX
    Blitzkrieg-MeX
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    2nd ammendment is also a great deterrent. Kind of like thinking about slapping someone holding a baseball bat in batting formation. You should think twice about the situation.

  100. BTS_ IKON
    BTS_ IKON
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    0:18 his daughter looks like beyonce 😳