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[illustration: Mark Twain and Lily Tomlin]

~ Lily Tomlin  

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The Mark Twain Prize (2003)

The All-Star Cast

Dave Chapelle
Dave Chapelle
Dave Chappelle, a native of Washington, D.C., began his career at the age of 14. Today it extends well beyond the stand-up comedy circuit. Last fall marked the debut of Chappelle's Show on Comedy Central, in which he stars, produces and co-writes with Half Baked collaborator Neal Brennan. The critically acclaimed show features sketches, man-on-the-street pieces and pop culture parodies. Last season, Chappelle embarked on his own national comedy tour entitled Dave Chappelle is Blackzilla. Chappelle made his feature film debut in Mel Brooks's Robin Hood: Men in Tights. His first major starring role was in Half Baked, which he co-wrote with Brennan. He also appeared in The Nutty Professor, Con Air and You've Got Mail. He teamed up with fellow comic and D.C. native Martin Lawrence in Blue Streak, and he was recently seen in the feature Undercover Brother. Chappelle starred in his own HBO one-hour stand-up comedy special in August 2000 and will start production on a comedy special for Showtime this fall. He has appeared on numerous television programs, including The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Politically Incorrect. In 2002, he had a recurring role as commentator for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Chappelle has performed with such entertainment legends as Aretha Franklin at Radio City Music Hall, Richard Pryor at Symphony Hall and Whoopi Goldberg at Lincoln Center.