Who is Sonal Chappelle?
Sonal Chappelle is widely recognized as the daughter of the popular, Primetime Emmy Award-winning American stand-up comedian as well as an actor, producer and writer Dave Chappelle. Sanaa ‘Sonal’ Chappelle was born in 2009, the youngest of three children of Dave and his spouse Elaine Mendoza Erfe. She is of American nationality, African-American ethnicity and part-Filipino descent through her mother’s. Sonal has two older brothers named Sulayman and Ibrahim.
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Alongside her family members, she resides on a 65-acre farm in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she’s being raised in a strong Muslim manner, as her father converted to Islam in the late 1990s.
The 10-year-old Sanaa has already made some efforts towards making a name for herself, as in 2018 she appeared as Frankie Stone in Bradley Cooper’s big screen directing debut, the Oscar-winning music drama film “A Star Is Born”. Although a successful beginning, she is not even remotely close to casting a shadow on her father’s professional accolades, as so far that’s it, except for a guest appearance in “Saturday Night Live”.
Her father Dave Chappelle
David Khari Webber ‘Dave’ Chappelle was born under the zodiac sign of Virgo on the 24th August 1973 in Washington D.C. in the family of college professor Yvonne K. Chappelle Seon and a college professor and a statistician William David Chappelle III. Albeit a native of the D.C. Dave was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he also completed his elementary education at Woodlin Elementary School. After the divorce of his parents, he relocated to Washington D.C. where he attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts from which he graduated in 1991, majoring in theatre arts.
Upon graduation, Chappelle moved to New York City where he began pursuing his comedy career. After debuting on the stage of Apollo Theater in Harlem, he quickly after gained a reputation within the city’s comedy circuit, which led him to make an appearance in HBO’s TV serial “Def Comedy Jam”. His first major on-camera acting appearance occurred in 1993, when he portrayed Ahchoo in Mel Brooks’ comedy film “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”.
To greater prominence he came in 1996 when he was cast for the recurring role of Dave Carlisle in the TV comedy series “Buddies” while later that year he appeared opposite his great comedic influence Eddie Murphy, in the Oscar-winning comedy movie “The Nutty Professor”. Between 1997 and 1998 Chappelle made a streak of stand-up appearances in the “HBO Comedy Half-Hour” show, which were followed by his producing and writing debut, the iconic ‘stoner film’ “Half Baked” in which he also stars as Thurgood Jenkins, aka Sir Smoke-a-Lot.
With his popularity on the rise, Dave appeared in several late 1990s’ movies, including the Golden Globe-nominated romantic comedy drama “You’ve Got Mail”, “200 Cigarettes” and “Screwed” before releasing his own television stand-up special “Dave Chappelle: Killin’ Them Softly” in 2000. In 2003, he launched his own comedy series simply named “Chappelle’s Show“, which aired on the Comedy Central channel for three seasons ’til 2006.
In September 2004 he hosted his famous Block Party, a free music event held in Brooklyn, and featuring musicians such as Mos Def, Kanye West, Erykah Badu and The Roots, and in 2005 he was the producer of a documentary movie about it named “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party” (also known as “Block Party All-Stars Featuring Dave Chappelle”), which earned around $11.7 million at box offices throughout the US. After a several-years-long hiatus, Chappelle made a career comeback in 2013, when he appeared in the Primetime Emmy-nominated biographical documentary film about Richard Pryor entitled “Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic”.
In 2015, Dave starred as Morris in Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed crime comedy drama movie “Chi-Raq”, while in the following year he signed a comedy-special contract with currently the most popular streaming platform on the globe Netflix, worth $60 million. By the end of 2019, Dave Chappelle had released four specials including “The Bird Revelation” and “Sticks & Stones” as well as the Primetime Emmy-nominated ones entitled “Equanimity” and “Quincy“. His latest acting appearance occurred in the 2018 movie “A Star is Born”, appearing as George ‘Noodles’ Stone – the best friend of the film’s main protagonist Jackson ‘Jack’ Maine portrayed by Bradley Cooper.
In his prosperous and almost three decades-long on-camera and stand-up comedy career, Dave Chappelle had so far been honored with two nominations and two prestigious Primetime Emmy Award wins, and has made numerous appearances in some of the US’s most popular TV talk-shows such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, “Late Show with David Letterman” as well as “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” among several others.
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Additionally, for his comedy specials album “The Age of Spin & Deep In the Heart of Texas” he was rewarded with a Grammy Award in January 2018.
As a 10-year-old child without major accomplishments in her portfolio, the details about Sanaa ‘Sonal’ Chappelle’s net worth remain undisclosed. However, authoritative sources have estimated that her father Dave Chappelle has accumulated an impressive wealth of $50 million, as of early 2020, so one can conclude that she lives a pretty comfortable lifestyle.