Dave Chappelle Returns To TV After 10 Years!
Dave Chappelle served as a host on Saturday Night Live, making his comeback ten years after Chappelle’s Show ended. The comedian didn’t hold back on social and political annotation, especially after the week American has had. “Chappelle marked his long-awaited return to television with a powerful opening monologue on Saturday Night Live that focused on the election of Donald Trump,” says Rolling Stone. “But America's done it. We've actually elected an Internet troll as our president. The whites were furious. I've never seen anything like it. I haven't seen whites this mad since the O.J. verdict,” Chappelle exclaims on national television. We all know Chappelle to be very blunt with his antics and no one being safe against his harsh jokes and imitations. But for the presidential election to be so serious, the comedian didn’t show any remorse calling America’s new elected president Trump an “Internet troll” and explaining that whites haven’t been this mad “since the O.J. verdict”.
Also according to Rolling Stone, “Chappelle's wide-ranging 11-minute monologue also touched on everything from Black Lives Matter and ISIS to gentrification to Harambe.” “There's more shootings than I can literally count,” Chappelle said. “You can't even go to the goddamn zoo without seeing a shooting out there. They shot a gorilla at my local zoo. And the Cincinnati Police said 'Shooting that gorilla was the toughest decision this department has ever had to make.' I said, 'Well, you about to see a lot of niggas in gorilla costumes in Cincinnati.””
Comedian Chris Rock also accompanied Chappelle on stage and even added his own jokes to the skit. The two acted out a sketch that depicted the pair at an election night party with a group of friends. “As the results trickle in, and Trump’s victory becomes apparent, only Rock and Chappelle are unsurprised by the outcome,” according to Pitchfork.com. Fans took to twitter and other social media applauding the comedian’s comeback to stand-up even saying this episode of Saturday Night Live was the best they’ve seen.
Chappelle left the audience with a heartfelt anecdote before ending the show. He reminisced about visiting the White House during the Obama administration:
“You know, before I go, I do want to say one thing, and this is not a joke. But I think it's important that I say this, 'cause they're marching up the street right now as we speak.
Now, I'm not sure if this is true, but to my knowledge the first black person that was officially invited to the White House was Frederick Douglass. They stopped him at the gates. Abraham Lincoln had to walk out himself and escort Frederick Douglass into the White House, and it didn't happen again, as far as I know, until Roosevelt was president. Roosevelt was president, he had a black guy over and got so much flack from the media that he literally said, “I will never have a nigger in this house again.’
I thought about that, and I looked at that black room, and saw all those black faces, and Bradley, and I saw how happy everybody was. These people who had been historically disenfranchised. It made me feel hopeful and it made me feel proud to be an American and it made me very happy about the prospects of our country.
So, in that spirit, 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. Thank you very much.”
Check out the full video of Chappelle hosting Saturday Night Live :