Dave Chappelle to be honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Dave Chappelle attends Backstage Creations Giving Suite At The 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for Backstage Creations)

Dave Chappelle is set to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday.

A lineup of entertainers, including Chappelle’s writing partner Neal Brennan, Common, Bradley Cooper, Tiffany Haddish, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Lorne Michaels, Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart and others will pay tribute to the comedian.

The award is considered the highest accolade in comedy and recognizes individuals who have had an impact on American society in the vein of 19th-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens, or pseudonym, Mark Twain.

Previous recipients of the Mark Twain award include Richard Pryor, Jonathan Winters, Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, George Carlin, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Ellen DeGeneres, Carol Burnett, Bill Murray, David Letterman, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

In honor of Chappelle accepting the award, here are a few (almost impossible to chose) of his most classic bits and skits.

“Saturday Night Live,” opening monologue and “Election Night” skit (2016)

We all just found out Donald Trump would be the next president. In his open-minded monologue, Chappelle said we should give the new guy a chance, then he went on to do a skit with special guest star Chris Rock, where their liberal white friends expressed their shock over the election’s outcome.

“God, this is the most shameful thing America has ever done,” Beck Bennett says. Rock and Chappelle share a laugh.

“Mad Real World,” from “Chappelle’s Show” (2003)

In “Mad Real World,” we see Chad, the only non-black member of the cast, move into a house that’s just plain crazy. His roommates proceed to put him in a sleeper hold, his girlfriend has sex with three of his roommates, and his father gets stabbed. Chappelle plays Tron, who drinks cognac and juice.

You can watch the clip here(Strong language warning).

“Frontline: Clayton Bigsby,” from “Chappelle’s Show” (2003)

When “Frontline” tracks down Clayton Bigsby, the leading voice of the white supremacist movement, everyone is surprised.

You can watch the clip here. (Strong language warning).

“Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories: Prince” from “Chappelle’s Show” (2003)

Chappelle, as Prince, plays a game of basketball wearing a purple blouse. That’s not even the best part.

You can watch the clip here. (Strong language warning).

“Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin” Netflix (2017)

All of his standup.

Not one to hold back, you can rely on Chappelle’s recent Netflix specials for candid laughs and the occasionally controversial punchline.

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