When your husband is Dave Chappelle, you're known as the wife of one of the funniest men on earth. Let's get to know the woman by his side, Elaine Chappelle.
Who is Elaine Chappelle?
Elaine Chappelle (born Elaine Mendoza Erfe) is a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn, New York on August 31, 1974, with a Philippine ancestry. As a child, Elaine Chappelle was raised with traditional Christian beliefs from her parents. As a young girl, Elaine Chappelle had dreams of becoming a chef.
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Being the Wife of Comedian Dave Chappelle
He stands over six feet tall while his wife's height seems to be less than his, by maybe a foot or so, but this couple is happily enjoying the life of marriage, parenthood, and success. It was in 2001 that Elaine Chappelle became the loving wife of Dave Chappelle. The couple had a long-lasting romantic relationship when they decided to tie the knot. And now, Elaine Chappelle and Dave Chappelle shares three kids (two sons and a daughter).
During their long-lasting relationship, many fans didn't know Elaine Chappelle existed, let alone know that they were a couple until later in their marriage. The couple made their first public appearance at the annual Philippines-American picnic in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first time fans realized that not only was Dave Chappelle married, but his wife was of Asian descent. His fans embraced his wife and their family. Though Dave Chappelle has shared many warm stories about his wife and what he witnesses from the point of view of being her husband, there is little public information about Elaine Chappelle.
Family, Being a Wife, Life, and More
Since introducing his wife Elaine Chappelle to the public, Dave Chappelle has shared in many interviews stories about his relationship and has been seen on many red carpet events with his wife and children in tow. Dave Chappelle is known for being a family man though he may not show it in his comedy routines. Dave Chappelle is known for making jokes about his kids and wife, finding humor in the intimate moments that they share. Though most family members could not handle their private life experiences being shared with the public, Elaine Chappelle has no worries when her husband makes such jokes. Overall, the jokes Dave Chappelle shares on stage could very well be a macho move to balance out the fact that he's so in love with his family.
Elaine Chappelle - Dave Chappelle's Wife and Supporter
Dave Chappelle had introduced the public to a new genre of comedy. Viewers of his hit TV show could watch controversial comedy skits regarding subject matters like racism, race relations, American politics, African-American culture, pop culture, recreational drug use, human sexuality, morality and not feel any guilt when they enjoyed a good laugh.
Chappelle's Show lasted three seasons, and in those three seasons, Dave Chappelle introduced viewers to many genres not seen in its rawness before. Like the satire of drug addicts, his skits on the celebrities of Hollywood like Charlie Murphy, Prince, and Rick James. Through Chappelle's Show, Dave Chappelle reached a new level of fame. Week after week, viewers piled in front of their televisions waiting to see what Dave Chappelle would share with them next.
The success was transferred to sales of the DVDs of his shows. All the success that Dave Chappelle was experiencing seemed to be a dream come true for the comedian - and then one day it all ended. Dave Chappelle made the conscious decision to walk away from the fame and popularity that the show was controlling every aspect of his life. Prior to leaving the show, Dave Chappelle had a minor melt-down in front of his live audience and upon the third season's scheduled start date decided to take a trip to South Africa.
Dave Chappelle's Disappearing Act
As weeks went on and no Chappelle's Show to watch, many viewers began speculating about Dave Chappelle and his disappearance from television. Speculations went on about possible drug abuse, mental illnesses, and possible breakdown from not being able to handle the new-found fame. However, no one from his team could answer questions and fans became concerned and furious from their Chappelle's Show addiction.
It wasn't until later on that fans learned the truth about the disappearance that ended one of the most successful comedy shows to air on television. The impact that Chappelle's Show had on Dave Chappelle's image is extraordinary. Since the ending of the show, no other show has been on television that can stand to the humor that Dave Chappelle brought to life's serious situations. This does not stop fans to continue their speculation on the possibility of the show's return, but Dave Chappelle has put those speculations to rest stating that his focus is on his stand-up career.
It is clear to say that Dave Chappelle demonstrated his net worth in comedy during those Chappelle's Show days and today continues to share his talent of making people laugh in his stand-up shows.
5 Facts about Elaine Chappelle
1. Elaine Chappelle was Dave Chappelle's number one support system during the breakup with Comedy Central regarding Chapelle's Show.
2. Elaine Chappelle's height is 5'1".
3. Though she never became a chef, Elaine Chappelle practices her culinary skills each night with the masterful dinners she prepares for her family.
4. Elaine Chappelle is a housewife by choice.
5. Elaine Chappelle lives on a 65-acre farm with husband Dave Chappelle and their three kids.
A New Start for Elaine and Dave Chapelle
Currently, Dave Chappelle shares pictures on his Instagram page. It was on Instagram that Dave Chappelle continues to share his life with fans. Dave Chappelle and wife Elaine Chappelle are climbing a new height in their success journey and continue to embrace the new image that now follows the comedian as he promotes his new stand-up on Instagram creating a new avenue to increase the family's net worth in Hollywood. Through all the success and mishaps that Elaine Chappelle and Dave Chappelle had endured in Hollywood, the couple remains strong and supportive of one another. Dave Chappelle and wife Elaine Chappelle have a net worth of $42M.