Dave Chappelle left the limelight, but didn’t leave comedy. After continuing with stand-up outside television, he has now made his big return to TV. During his hiatus, he spent most of his time with his wife, Elaine Chappelle, and their kids. We’ve got all the details you need, right here.
Comedy lovers can bask in some good news! Dave Chappelle is making his much-awaited return to on-screen stand-up…somewhat. Years after his self-titled comedy show aired its final episode, Chappelle left TV to perform stand-up comedy on the traditional stage. For years, he made us laugh and continues to do so in his big career resurgence. Since Donald Trump won the election, Chappelle returned to host Saturday Night Live. And soon, Netflix will bring us three new Dave Chappelle stand-up specials. During his time off from television, he focused on his home life with his wife and kids. Find out more about his wife, in our Elaine Chappelle wiki.
#1. She is a Filipina from Brooklyn
Elaine Mendonza Erfe is from Brooklyn, New York and is of Filipina descent. Her early life and information on her family is not available, but it’s clear that both she’s proud of her heritage and of Chappelle. One of the rare sightings of the couple was back in 2010, when they attended the annual Philippines-American picnic in Dayton, Ohio. Chappelle, who’s from Washington DC, has never spoken about how he met his wife, but they have been happily married for 15 years.
With his six-foot frame and larger than life personality, Dave Chappelle has the talent of making any person appear pint-sized —including his petite wife. Elaine Chappelle is a housewife, so she doesn’t have a net worth that can be estimated. Her husband, on the other hand, recently earned a lucrative deal. His net worth, which was estimated to be around $20.0 million, has spiked to $42.0 million, thanks to his shiny new $60.0 million Netflix contract.
#2. They Have Three Children
Elaine and Dave Chappelle have three children; two sons, Sulayman and Ibrahim, and a daughter named Sonal. The comedian converted to Islam in 1998 and his wife’s religion is not known. But it’s clear that Sulayman, Ibrahim, and Sonal have a multicultural upbringing.
In his signature humor, Chappelle described his small multi-cultural family saying, “My wife is Asian, and my kids have somehow turned out to be Puerto Rican… My mother is half white. If I grew my hair out, you would think it was a Katt Williams concert.”
#3. They Live on a 65-Acre Farm
Since Chappelle’s wealth counts among A-list comedians like Chris Rock and Eddie Murphy, it’s only natural that he has a luxurious crib. He lives with his wife and their children on a farm that stretches approximately 65 acres! This farm in Yellow Springs, Ohio is near Antioch College, where Chappelle’s father, William David Chappelle III, taught music.
After his parents divorced, his mother raised the young Chappelle in Washington, D.C. where, at 14 years old, he started his own stand-up career. After earning big bucks from successful shows and movies, he bought the farmland and several other homes in Yellow Springs. He told his neighbors, “Turns out you don’t need $50.0 million to live around these parts, just a nice smile and a kind way about you. You guys are the best neighbors ever. That’s why I came back and that’s why I’m staying.”
#4. He Once Had No Answer to His Wife’s Question
Can you imagine Dave Chappelle doing something other than being the funny man with hard-hitting jokes we know him to be? Absolutely not! And neither can he. When his iconic Chappelle’s Show ended, he sat down for a tell-all interview with MTV. During the interview, he said that Elaine Chapelle once asked what he would do if he was not a comedian, to which Chappelle had no answer.
“This is the only job I’ve had since I was 14,” he said about his life as a comedian. “My wife asked me once if I weren’t a comedian what I would do. I couldn’t answer the question. I never imagined doing anything else. Maybe until six months ago, anyway,” he said. We can’t picture him doing anything else either!