This Day in Ohio Birthdays: Dave Chappelle

Comedian Dave Chappelle was born in Washington, DC, but growing up a child of divorced parents, he split his time between his birthplace, where his mother lived, and Yellow Springs, Ohio, where his father was a professor at Antioch College.

Chappelle moved to New York when he was 18 to pursue a career as a comedian, appearing in various movies and television shows throughout the ’90s. He is, of course, most famous for his weekly sketch comedy show, Chappelle’s Show, which aired on Comedy Central from 2003 to 2005. He is just as famous for quitting the show at the height of its popularity, later citing burnout, loss of creative control and an uncomfortable work environment as the reasons for putting the kibosh on the program. In the subsequent years, Chappelle has returned to stand-up comedy, making surprise appearances at clubs and announcing shows at theaters either the day before or the day of his performance.

Sometime after his father died, Chappelle returned to Yellow Springs, where he continues to live with his wife and two sons. Today he is 39 years old.