Dave Chappelle might just be what the country ordered after last week’s election and that’s laughter—lots of it. Funny man Chappelle made his first hosting appearance on “Saturday Night Live” and did an amazing job reenacting Democrats and Republicans’ arguments from election night. In his 10-minute monologue, he also addressed police brutality, Black Lives Matter and even brought back some of his old characters from “Chappelle’s Show.” Here are EGL’s top 5 favorite moments
- Election Night: Chappelle and special guest Chris Rock play the only two black men at an election night viewing party. With the race running close, naïve white voters try to comprehend why the nation is so divided. Rock responded, “You’re replacing a charismatic, forty-something black guy with a 70-year old white woman. I mean, that’s like the Knicks replacing Patrick Ewing with Neil Patrick Harris.”
- Shooting: Chappelle used Harambe (a 17-year-old male gorilla that was shot and killed on May 28, 2016 at the Cincinnati Zoo after a 3-year-old boy climbed the fence) as a correlation on how the world may view what’s important. Chappelle sarcastically gets right into it. “Shooting that gorilla was the toughest decision this department ever had to make,” he mocked. “I said well you about to see a whole lot of n**** sin gorilla costumes in Cincinnati. Why do we have to say that? Why do we have to say that Black Lives Matter. I admit that it is not the best slogan. But McDonalds already took you deserve a break today.”
- Black Lives Matter: During his monologue, Chappelle touched on different topics and basically said what some of us had been thinking (depending on how you look at it) in regards to the BLM movement.
“Blue Lives Matter. What were you born a police? That is not a blue life. That’s a blue suit. If you don’t like it, take that suit off and find a new job; because I’m telling you now. If I could quit being black today, I’d be out the game. I did the next best thing. I became a rich black person, which is harder than you think because your life becomes gentrified like Brooklyn.”
2. McKinnon’s Performance: By far the funniest and uplifting skit of all time. It addressed Clinton’s loss without “trumping” on Trumps’ supporters and honoring the late singer Leonard Cohen. Mckinnon plays the piano, nailing Cohen’s song “Hallelujah.” In the end, McKinnon turns to the camera and says, “I’m not giving up, and neither should you.” Classy and witty!
- Walking Dead: For those who grew up on the “Chappelle’s Show,” you know when Tyrone Biggums, Chuck, Silky and Lil Jon are together that you’re in for a real treat. In the drama hit series “Walking Dead,” Chappelle plays villain Negan, who beheads his first victim, Biggums (crack addict) with one swing. Apparently, crack must of gave him super powers because Biggums is still alive and hilariously dodged Negan strikes by rolling around on the ground before calling for his body to pick his head up. In a touching, yet funny moment, Biggums addresses the audience with a touching speech about the election and continuing to strive forward even when it feels like your head has been separated from your body.
After a crazy week, Chappelle continues to prove why he is the best comedian of our generation. Thank God for funny people. In the words of Kendrick Lamar, ‘We gon’ be alright.’ Do you have any favorite moments?
Written By: Cynthia Casimir