Tiffany Haddish on Dave Chappelle | 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.

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.

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Michaels (2004), Steve Martin (2005), Neil Simon (2006), Billy Crystal (2007), George Carlin (2008), Bill Cosby (2009, rescinded in 2018) Tina Fey (2010), Will Ferrell (2011), Ellen DeGeneres (2012), Carol Burnett (2013) Jay Leno (2014), Eddie Murphy (2015), Bill Murray (2016), David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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Ben Haven says:

actually shocked how flat this fell

Ruben Avila Productions says:

Their going to have to make those "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories" about Chappelle now.

Captain GreyBeard says:

Did they bring Daves hookers to present the award?

Dalvin Beats says:

Not even a Dave story could make her bearable to listen to.

Blue Sky says:

It was so good until she got up there! Not funny at all would somebody tell her she’s not funny just the stereotypical loud Black woman!

CedRock starr says:

Love Tiff, but she is not a standup comedian. She’s a comedic actress.

bossfan49 says:

I've been hearing the name the last few years but this is my first time seeing Tiffany Haddish. Wow. Really not funny. The Jurassic Park joke wasn't bad, but the rest, and her delivery and ghetto-ness is just awful.

Rico Lee says:

It's like "Stan" actually lived out his dream of getting on stage giving EM the shoutout he always wanted him to hear.

Zacharia Yonis says:

Marlon of Chris Tucker giving a speech would have been more relevant than her talking about Dave lol

Random7seven says:

She's known him 20 years and she's still not funny… Damn

Tonia's Reviews says:

The minute she said huge gates I was like Eddie's house

Christian Thomas says:

Why is she even up there???

Blue Moon says:

"Mark Twain Award"! Very subjective award. But why rescind Bill Cosby award. HYPROCRISY.

Smooth Criminal says:

Came to read the comments of all the grown ass losers who's mad because tiffany is successful lol.
Fools wanna talk about dave not knowing that they were friends when in reality these clowns don't know shit they just can't help themselves from making up shit just to hate on Tiffany.

Ted Negurski says:

Tiffany Haddish queefs onstage. For real. Into the microphone.

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