Dave Chappelle is hosting the last repeat episode of Saturday Night Live before the new season begins!
Next week, SNL is back with all new episodes as Lorne Michaels and his cast kick off Saturday Night Live‘s 43rd season. So what better way to prepare for the new season than airing the best episode from Season 42 tonight at 11:30pm on NBC, hosted by Dave Chappelle with musical guest A Tribe Called Quest.
The Dave Chappelle Saturday Night Live episode was taped live on November 12, 2016. It aired just 4 days after a lot of America, including pundits, poll takers and voters were shocked to see Donald J. Trump elected as the 45th President of the United States. In previous post-election episodes, SNL used the cold open to address the result with whichever cast members were playing the candidates. One example was Will Ferrell’s George W. Bush talking things out with Darrell Hammond’s Al Gore after the Supreme Court ruling that gave Bush the election. On November 12, 2016, everyone was waiting to see how Alec Baldwin’s SNL Donald Trump would handle being elected. That didn’t happen. In fact, Alec Baldwin didn’t appear at all in the first post-election Saturday Night Live. The cold open addressed two issues that night. The Presidential Election and the then-recent death of a musical icon. SNL opened with Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton sitting at a piano singing a haunting rendition of Leonard Cohen’s signature piece, Hallelujah. The open gave people chills, confused others and received raves on social media.
Of course the Presidential Election results still needed to be addressed and they were- in an 11 minute monologue from the show’s host for the night, Dave Chappelle. The opening monologue was pure stand up and pure Chappelle. He hit on everything on people’s minds during the campaign, from race issues in the country to the Black Lives Matter campaign to saying goodbye to President Obama. He then went to a place in the monologue that would have him apologizing for it months later. He asked everyone to give new President Trump a chance, 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 following May while performing at a benefit, Chappelle came to the conclusion that he was wrong to ask that from the Saturday Night Live stage, saying he fucked up.
Dave Chappelle tonight in NY on his November SNL monologue: "I was the first guy on TV to say 'Give Trump a chance.' I f***ed up. Sorry."
— Willie Geist (@WillieGeist) May 16, 2017
The rest of the show was just as powerful and funny as how it opened. The stand out sketch of the night, in a show that was called “the best episode of the season so far,” was the hilarious “Election Night” viewing party. The party sketch featured Aidy Bryant, Vanessa Bayer, Beck Bennett and Cecily Strong as white voters at a Hillary Clinton victory viewing party. Dave Chappelle played the black guest who was not surprised one bit that the candidate who had been called a racist and sexist among other things during the campaign, was elected to the White House. This episode and this sketch are definitely worth a re-watch, especially for the surprise guest that comes in the door at 10pm. If you don’t remember who it was, watch it again tonight.
The rest of night was everything you want out of SNL including a sketch called “Football Party” about late term breastfeeding that had everyone involved breaking character and needing a towel afterwards, plus a digital short with Dave Chappelle parodying The Walking Dead‘s Negan which brought back beloved characters from Chappelle’s Show and there was the return of SNL‘s “Last Call” sketch, featuring Kate McKinnon as Sheila Sovage, Dave Chappelle as Corey Dipships and Kenan Thompson as your regular Last Call bartender. Also, watch for a fun and funny sketch called “Jheri’s Place” which includes a post-sketch sports-style press conference with Chappelle and the SNL cast members as they take questions about why the sketch didn’t work.
The post-election Weekend Update was on fire with Colin Jost and Michael Che going back and forth with jokes about Trump’s victory and other items from the week including Disney drones, vegetarian diets and a visit from Kate McKinnon’s Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, stopping by to give out some Gins-Burns!. Plus, watch Che fumble a joke, and then recover from it multiple times.
In the promo for tonight’s encore presentation of Saturday Night Live, Dave Chappelle is cracking up musical guest, A Tribe Called Quest who aren’t sure they can trust Chappelle to show up to do the show.
Saturday Night Live returns LIVE with the Season 43 premiere with host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Jay-Z, next Saturday, September 30th at 11:30pm on NBC.