Dave Chappelle has been providing cutting edge comedy for viewers for years with entertainment platforms such as Chappelle’s Show and his career was honored in his hometown of Washington, DC on Sunday. The legendary comedian was presented with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
His celebrity friends were in attendance for the event. Tiffany Haddish, Jon Stewart, Kenan Thompson, Neal Brennan, Morgan Freeman, and other stars were there to see Chappelle receive his award. Toronto rapper Kardinal Offishall was also on hand for his friend’s moment.
“Dave, you have always been a mentor,” Tiffany Haddish said from the stage. “You’ve been my mentor, my big brother. Every time I step on stage — every time — I think of you, because I’ve always want[ed] to make you proud. ‘Cause you the greatest.”
Jon Stewart, also spoke about the impact of Dave Chappelle walking away from $50 million.
“And they offered Dave $50 million to just give us … one more,” Stewart said. “But Dave, at that moment, was conflicted because of the difficulty of how the show was to do, because he wondered about its impact on the audience that he meant it for. And he wondered if the creative process wasn’t right for it. And he walked away.
“And it was that moment that I remember thinking: ‘Comedy Central has $50 million?’