Meet Dave Chappelle’s Wife Elaine and His 3 Children – Inside the Comedian’s Family Life

While Dave Chappelle is arguably the most successful American comedian in history, little is known about his wife of two decades, Elaine Erfe Chappelle.

On May 3, 2022, Dave Chappelle made headlines after being tackled while performing at the Netflix is a Joke comedy festival in Los Angeles. The comedian was apparently unharmed, but the attacker, Isaiah Lee, was arrested.

People have criticized Chappelle’s shows for his remarks on transgender people and other sensitive topics. Still, he has shielded his family from controversies and the media.

Dave and Elaine Chappelle on February 15, 2015 in New York City | Source: Getty Images


Dave Chappelle’s wife is Elaine. Born to Filipino parents in August 1974, Elaine grew up in Brooklyn and supposedly dreamed of becoming a professional chef but never did.

Information about Elaine is scarce as she rarely makes public appearances, and Chappelle hardly ever talks about her in public. He mentions her in some of his shows, but he keeps personal details private.

Dave Chappelle and Elaine Chappelle on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

However, Chappelle once told Howard Stern that they met in Brooklyn and that despite her heritage, she does not speak Tagalog.

Early in his career, Dave Chappelle’s wife would join him on longer gigs. After a while, she started staying at their home in Yellow Spring, Ohio.

Elaine has silently supported her husband’s career. Chappelle praised her for staying with him when he was poor and helping him go through the most challenging aspects of fame.

She would make him pay attention to certain things people say about him “if it gets really bad.” When Chappelle famously turned his back to “Chappelle’s Show,” Elaine stayed by his side (even though he didn’t tell her he would move to South Africa).

That kind of attention wouldn’t have been conducive to raising a family.
Chappelle revealed in 2017 that his wife remained “salty” about it, joking that not many people would be thrilled about their spouses walking away from a $50 million contract.


Chappelle and Elaine tied the knot in 2001 and started having children right away. They welcomed their first child, boxing enthusiast Sulayman, in 2001.

Sulayman’s birth forever changed Chappelle’s life. He confessed he started taking his career more seriously and grew up as a man.

In 2003, Dave and Elaine Chappelle’s second child, Ibrahim, joined the family. Chappelle’s only daughter, Sanaa, was born in 2009. She might be the only one willing to be an actress, as she had a short cameo in 2018’s “A Star Is Born.”

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