Viral TikTok Claiming Dave Chappelle And Busta Rhymes Founded Dave & Buster’s Is Hilariously Untrue

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Viral TikTok Claiming Dave Chappelle And Busta Rhymes Founded Dave & Buster's Is Hilariously Untrue
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The TikTok became so rampant that Snopes even had to make a post debunking the claim.

If you’ve happened to see a TikTok claiming Dave & Buster’s was founded by Dave Chappelle and Busta Rhymes and your first thought was, “Wait, this can’t be true,” well, you’re right.

The TikTok in question was first uploaded on June 30 by dablackempress, who goes on to say “How old were you when you found out that Dave & Buster’s belongs to Dave Chappelle and Busta Rhymes? I was today years old!” while a picture is shown of Chappelle, Busta, and Marlon Wayans, with the Dave & Busters logo included in it.


#greenscreensticker #fypシ #foryoupage #muppets4life #dablackempress #daveandbusters #FordMaverick

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Considering dablackempress describes herself as a comedian on her TikTok page, it’s safe to say this was meant to be a joke from the very beginning. However, that doesn’t mean that it actually left some people fooled. A search for “Dave Chappelle Busta Rhymes” on Twitter shows a handful of people who fell for the joke, while some users on TikTok responded with their own videos to the claim.


#duet with @dablackempress I did some research immediately after posting this 😤#reactionguy #mrhowiejax #iwastodayyearsold #fypシ #forus #4u #xyzbca

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Even Snopes had to address the claim in a post, debunking it while also providing the real history of D&B’s founding. Turns out that the business was actually started by David Corriveau and James “Buster” Corley, who met in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1978. The pair had their own respective businesses that were right next to each other, before ultimately starting a business together in Dallas, Texas, in 1982 that they called Dave & Buster’s.

This isn’t the first time someone has made a joke claiming Dave & Buster’s was founded by Chappelle and Busta. Back in 2019 someone tweeted the same image used by dablackempress with the caption: “Yo I just found out Dave Chapelle and Busta Rhymes own Dave and Buster’s.”

Maybe in an alternate universe the pair really did found D&B’s. Guess we’ll never know, though.

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