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The education of Dave Chappelle: How an arts school prepared him for stardom

Comedian Dave Chappelle marvels at a painting by Jada Michelle Logan Smith at Washington, D.C.'s Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where he once attended. Foto: Washington Post photo by Jahi Chikwendiu

Comedian Dave Chappelle's mention of the Washington, D.C., public schools during the 2017 Emmy Awards in September was the sort of absurd eruption that live television and the Internet love.

As he and Melissa McCarthy strayed off script before presenting an award- after Chappelle himself had already scored an Emmy a week prior for his post-election appearance on "Saturday Night Live" - Chappelle told the audience, "Now I'm going to read this teleprompter. Please forgive me. Shout-out to D.C. public schools."..

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