It’s been more than a decade since Dave Chappelle walked away from “The Chappelle Show” and one of television’s most lucrative deals, and last night saw the comedian make his long-awaited return to television in his “Saturday Night Live” debut as host.
“We actually elected an Internet troll as our president,” quipped Chappelle in his monologue, addressing Donald Trump’s victory.
“I’m wishing Donald Trump luck and I’m going to give him a chance,” Chappelle added. “And we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he gives us one too.”
America’s shock (or at least the shock of certain portions of America) at the election results were spoofed in a sketch in which some white, liberal New Yorkers begin election night with celebratory certainty that Hillary Clinton’s election is a done deal, only to be gradually awakened to Trump’s unexpected victory — which comes as no surprise to their African-American pals, played by Chappelle and surprise guest star Chris Rock.
Weekend Update, as you’d expect, also focused on Tuesday’s election, with anchor Michael Che quipping: “I didn’t want Trump to win, but as a comedian, it’s a little encouraging.” Also appearing: Kate McKinnon as 83-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, declaring she’s doing everything she can to remain healthy so she won’t be replaced by one of Donald Trump’s picks.
In a taped bit, Vanessa Bayer TALKS to kids about their views on the election, capped off with a hilarious zinger from a little girl who turns out to be Dave Chappelle’s daughter.
Not all the night’s sketches were political, such as this one set in a store where everybody uses the hair product Jheri Curl — which wound up being a sketch-within-a-sketch when things go painfully awry and a post-sketch press conference needs to be called.
Long before dive bars became ironic hangouts for hipsters, they were actual dives frequented by down-on-their-luck drunks, which is the focus of the “Last Call” sketch:
Leslie Jones’ love life — or lack thereof — is the focus of a supposed documentary about her romance with fellow cast-mate Kyle Mooney, who reveals that he’s still a virgin.
The evening’s final sketch was also its weirdest, with Chappelle playing a guy who invites his buddies over to his home to watch some football, revealing that he still lives with his mom (Leslie Jones) — who still breastfeeds him!
“Saturday Night Live” airs Saturdays at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on Global; you can also watch full episodes online.