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  • David Chapelle and his spouse, Elaine Erfe, have three kids collectively.
  • They’ve raised their sons, Sulayman and Ibrahim, and daughter Sanaa, out of the general public eye.
  • Dave credit his kids for his resolution to take his “skilled life extra severely’ and for giving him ‘depth.’

“Everything modified after I had kids,” Dave Chappelle instructed CBS News in 2017. “I took my skilled life extra severely. And I feel, as a dude, I had extra depth after I had youngsters.” Dave and his spouse, Elaine Erfe, have maintained their lives exterior the highlight. Since marrying in 2001 and relocating to Yellow Springs, Ohio, a 65-acre farm. Since then, the couple has welcomed three kids — SulaymanIbrahim, and Sanaa – however Dave and Elaine have executed their finest to offer their youngsters a life freed from the pressures of Dave’s fame and infamy.

In the yr that Dave spoke with CBS News about how a lot his youngsters “modified” him, he returned to standup with a $20 million-per-special cope with Netflix. He launched two back-to-back specials, which used an offensive time period for trans people “briefly throughout [his] meditations on gender roles, sexuality and what it means to be masculine and female,” per Variety. The utilization ruffles some feathers, however the mainstream primarily embraced Chapelle’s return.

Dave Chappelle and his daughter Sanaa arrive for the screening of the film ‘A Star Is Born’ throughout the forty third annual Toronto International Film Festival (WARREN TODA/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

In 2019, Dave launched his fifth particular for Netflix, Sticks and Stones, which is the primary time that Dave talked about Daphne Dorman, a software program engineer and trans comedian that took her life later that yr. The particular accommodates feedback that draw the ire of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood, however Dorman defended Chappelle, per SFGATE. “He isn’t punching up or punching down,” she tweeted. “He’s punching strains. That’s his job, and he’s a grasp of his craft.” Two years later, Netflix launched Dave’s sixth and remaining particular underneath the 2016 Netflix deal, The Closer.

Most of the particular was targeted on Dave’s response to the allegations of transphobia and the fallout of his earlier specials. “If you solely needed to get by means of one in all these [specials] with out a lengthy, crabby detour on homosexual folks and gender identification, Closer’s designed to work your nerves,” wrote Craig Jenkins for Vulture. “He has the textbook edgelord ally’s conceitedness. He swears he is aware of how to make things better for you, however he’s simply asking so that you can take up much less house, to usher in progress by giving different folks time to come back round to you.”

Despite the backlash to the particular, The Closer was nominated for 2 Emmy Awards. Dave continued to get some high-profile gigs throughout this controversy, together with performances at each Taylor Hawkins memorial live shows and for the Nov. 12, 2022, episode of Saturday Night Live. In what has grow to be a convention since 2016, Dave was booked to host the present following a serious U.S. election. He hosted after Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, after Joe Biden gained in 2020, and now, after the 2022 midterms.

Ahead of the 2022 episode, right here’s what it is advisable to find out about his youngsters.


Dave along with his household. Image: Dave Allocca/Starpix/Shutterstock

Dave and Elaine’s three youngsters all have very distinctive names, that are reportedly a tribute to Dave’s Muslim religion, alongside along with his spouse’s Christian background. The comic’s oldest son Sulayman was born in 2001, and is a boxing fanatic.

While not a lot is understood about Sulayman, his A-list dad instructed a narrative throughout one in all his comedy specials about discovering marijuana in his room. “I went into my older son’s room … and I discovered these notebooks and I began going by means of the notebooks,” he mentioned. “There was all this glorious poetry in it… Then I appeared by means of his drawers, opened his center drawer, and located his rolling papers. I appeared down at them papers and mentioned, ‘Oh, that’s the place the poetry’s coming from.’”


Dave’s household. Image: SplashNews

Just two years after welcoming their first son, Dave and Elaine welcomed Ibrahim in 2003. It got here a number of years earlier than the comic would infamously stroll away from Chappelle’s Show amid private points. “She was with me once I was poor,” Dave mentioned of his longtime marriage to Elaine, earlier than noting that she caught by his facet all through the tough occasions in 2006. Little is understood about Ibrahim, simply that he resides within the household’s small Ohio city along with his dad and mom and two siblings.


The couple’s youngest little one, daughter Sanaa, was born in 2009. While she retains a low profile like her two older brothers, her dad opened up in a 2019 Netflix standup particular, Dave Chappelle: Equanimity & The Bird Revelation, about watching his kids develop up. “I see my age in my kids. I got here dwelling from the street not way back — I used to be gone for weeks, and no person was dwelling once I got here again. Not one particular person in my household thought possibly I’d prefer to see them once I received again,” he recalled. “That sh-t was a wake-up name. When my youngsters had been little and the tour bus would pull as much as the home, [they’d] spill out. ‘Dad is dwelling, hooray!’ Then because the years went on, they’d get much less . ‘Hey everyone, look: It’s Mr. Promises again from the street.’”

It appears younger Sanaa could possibly be following in her dad’s footsteps, as she had a small cameo within the hit 2018 movie, A Star Is Born. She performed her real-life dad’s daughter and appeared on the crimson carpet on the Toronto International Film Festival with Dave.

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