Dave Chappelle took on Saturday Night Live hosting duties for the first time ever this past weekend and made history during one of the most controversial and emotional weeks in modern United States.
The evening began on a somber tone, with SNL cast member Kate McKinnon reprising her role as Hillary Clinton to perform Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” combining two emotional losses that struck this past week for the show’s cold open.
Chappelle then took the famous stage at 30 Rock to perform his 11-minute monologue, with much of the focus on last week’s election, saying ,”American has done it, we’ve elected an internet troll as our president.”
In what is normally a lighthearted part of the show, Chappelle performed a full set that was socially and politically charged, discussing Black Lives Matter, the rise of mass shootings in the US and police brutality. Marking his return to the public stage, Chappelle proved that he hasn’t missed a beat in his years out of the spotlight, injecting humour into his poignant social commentary.
Chappelle concluded the monologue on an inspiring note, sharing a recent experience of being in the White House for a party surrounded by other successful black entertainers and comparing it to the time Frederick Douglas became the first black person invited to the White House. Chappelle closed his opener by saying, “I’m wishing Donald Trump luck and I’m going to give him a chance, and we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one too.”
The comedian also brought back some of his most famous characters from Chappelle’s Show in a remake of The Walking Dead’s gruesome Season 7 opener.
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Gaining almost as much publicity as the actual episode was the after-party for this weekend’s SNL, which included a number of A-list celebrities like Amy Schumer, Lenny Kravitz and Madonna, as well as a performance of Radiohead’s “Creep” by Dave Chappelle. Was that song dedicated to Trump? We’re just guessing.
Click here to watch Dave Chappelle’s opening monologue and the full episode.