The Comedian Who Changed My Life is Dave Chappelle


The Comedian Who Changed My Life is a new series where comics talk about, you guessed it, the comedian who changed their life. This week, Dan Soder talks about Dave Chappelle.

This is Dan Soder, and the comedian who changed my life definitely had to be Dave Chappelle. He’s the first comedian I ever saw live at the Comedy Works in Denver. And he was a guy who— as a young kid with a sense of humor, you’re always trying to find the comic that you were like, ‘I think that way too!’ and Dave Chappelle was definitely the guy, where I was like, “oh this guy’s a genius, and I want to talk on stage and act like he does.” I definitely wouldn’t be doing comedy unless I saw him. When I saw Chappelle I was like, ok I want to do what he does. And, no one can, because he’s one of a kind. So, my comedy career is my sad attempt at me trying to be like Dave Chappell.

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 10.21.43 AMStand up comedian Dan Soder is one of the fast rising names in comedy today.  He’s getting a lot of love at festivals all over the country like The Moontower Festival in Austin, he’s a regular on SiriusXM radio shows like The Ron And Fez Show on RawDog, Comedy Central Radio, the Opie and Anthony Show. He’s been on Conan, had his own Comedy Central “Half Hour” and MTV’s Guy Code.  Follow Dan on twitter @DanSoder and check out his website,


Read more from “The Comedian Who Changed My Life” and find out who changed the lives of  Ari Shaffir, Eddie Pepitone, Cedric the Entertainer, Otto Petersen, Todd Barry, Billy Connolly, and more.