Chappelle on SNL
“There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.” - Erma Bombeck
On the night of November 12, Saturday Night Live produced its highest ratings of not only the season but also in the last three years. Just weeks after parting ways with two of their best sketch artists, how did they manage to pull it off? Simple. They just left it in a GOATs hands. I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to whomever may be reading this, but yes its true i was born in 1992. That means that my formidable high school years had a front row seat to the beginning and end of the Chappelle Show. I had seen other sketch shows before Dave’s but nothing that outlandish in humor since watching re runs of In Living Color. So yes I apologize, but to my generation and me it’s safe to say we consider Dave Chappelle one of the greatest of all times aka a GOAT.
Dave Chappelle and his musical sidekicks, A Tribe Called Quest, blessed the SNL spotlight as they always do on various stages. Dave came out with an opening monologue donned in a custom black jacket with his name embroidered on the sides, as only he should. During a time where America was still understandably in shock about the political outcomes of the week, Chappelle used that and turned it into humor as he does best. Quotes like "America’s done it —we’ve actually elected an Internet troll as our president” and, “I haven’t seen white people this mad since the O.J. verdict” headlined Dave’s opening. The monologue not only captured the thoughts of American’s on the presidential debate with humor and honesty, but also on police brutality and mass shootings. Chappelle and the SNL crew naturally took to their normal routine, sketches. This episode included an “election night” sketch that most likely was the scenes in a majority of households in the U.S on voting night. Also Dave took it upon himself to include his most memorable characters into a “walking dead” sketch. Picture vampires, Lil Jon, an African American white supremacist, and a junkie and more all wrapped up into 10 minutes. Safe to say Chappelle fans loved the trip down memory lane.
My brother told me he loved this episode for one reason, perspective, and I agree. Saturday Night live did what its been doing, provide laughs. Dave Chappelle took it to another level, as he’s been doing. Perhaps the greatest part of this episode wasn’t the laughs or the characters, but the message and the timing. If you watched this SNL you were able to step back from what was happening in our own backyard, take a moment, and realize the humor in it. We as a nation have gone through far more serious and devastating things than this election outcome, and we made it through. What Dave really did on SNL is remind us of that; all wrapped up in humor as only true comedic geniuses can do.