Friday, April 07, 2006

Dave Chappelle visits, raises funds for alma-mater

Comedian Dave Chappelle, who was in town for a performance at the Kennedy Center, spoke to the students of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Monday telling jokes and offering advice to his audience.
"The experience of attending Duke Ellington had a profoundly positive effect on my life and my work," said Chappelle. "I hope to help ensure that they continue to have the resources needed to enrich the lives of young people in Washington."

The stand-up comic, best known for his eponymous Comedy Central program, Chappelle's Show, donated all proceeds from the Kennedy Center performance to the school. A Washington, D.C., native, Chappelle's career began at age 14 when he started performing at area comedy clubs. At the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Chappelle studied literary and theater arts. Today, Dave's gift of laughter extends well beyond the stand-up circuit and includes numerous movie credits, including the recently released Dave Chappelle's Block Party.
In appreciation of his contributions to the school, Mayor Williams declared April 3rd, 2006 as "Dave Chappelle Day."

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