In a Dave Chappelle and Damon Wayans Sr. VERZUZ battle, there’s some question as to who will win. (Our money is on Chappelle). But in a net worth battle, there can only be one clear winner.
HYPEBEAST reports that during an interview with KBXX 97.9 The Box, Wayans called out the “Chappelle’s Show” creator to have a VERZUZ battle of comedy wits. “Do they do it with comedians?” he asked the hosts, after confirming that he didn’t keep up with all the VERZUZ battles (for shame, Damon). When the hosts asked whom he would call out in a comedy VERZUZ, he immediately named Dave Chappelle without a second thought.
The Internet went wild with speculation about who would win in this hypothetical situation — but, ultimately, many realized that the two comedians have vastly different comedic styles (One fan on Twitter compared the hypothetical “battle” to putting DMX in a VERZUZ against A Tribe Called Quest, and we can’t think of a more apt comparison).
There’s some debate about who would be the winner in a Damon Wayans Sr. and Dave Chappelle VERZUZ. But while the jury is still out on that one, we decided to compare the men in our very own battle of the net worths.
What is Dave Chappelle's net worth?
Considered one of the world’s richest comedians by Celebrity Net Worth, Dave Chappelle has a net worth of $50 million.
Most of his money comes, of course, from his Netflix stand-up specials, which have amassed him a small fortune.
The amazing thing is, he amassed this net worth after walking away from a $50 million deal with Comedy Central for his critically-acclaimed “Chappelle’s Show.” The Netflix deal came in 2016, when he signed a $60 million contract for the specials — one of the largest deals ever brokered by the streaming giant.
“Between June 2016 and June 2017, Dave earned $47 million. Between June 2017 and June 2018, Dave earned $35 million,” reported Celebrity Net Worth.
What is Damon Wayans Sr.'s net worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Damon Wayans Sr. has a net worth of $35 million. This is far from a low net worth, but it’s still not quite as high as Chappelle’s $50 million net worth.
Most of his net worth comes from his successful acting, writing, directing, and his comedy career, which began in the early 1980s. His first role was in the classic Eddie Murphy film, “Beverly Hills Cop.” However, he really came into his own when “In Living Color” debuted on the then-fledgling Fox network.
Additionally, Wayans Sr. also has some of his net worth tied into real estate. In 2005, he paid $3 million for a condo in Santa Monica, CA. According to Variety, he listed the condo for rent in 2018 — at a $20,000 per month asking price.