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Dave Chappelle made his Saturday Night Live hosting debut on Nov. 12 for its first episode since the presidential election results came in.
In a stand-up set as his monologue, Chappelle addressed Donald Trump’s election victory, saying, “I didn’t know that Donald Trump was gonna win the election, but I did suspect it.”
He continued, “Hillary was ahead in the polls, and yet I know the whites. You guys aren’t as full of surprises as you used to be.
“America’s done it — we’ve actually elected an internet troll as our president,” Chappelle joked.
“I’m staying out of it,” he continued, “I’m just going to take a knee like [San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin] Kaepernick and let the whites figure this out amongst themselves. For us, we’ve been here before.”
During his set, Chappelle also commented on the Harambe shooting, the massacre at the Pulse nightclub and the Black Lives Matter movement. “I admit that’s not the best slogan,” the comedian said of Black Lives Matter, “but McDonald’s already took ‘You deserve a break today.'”
Chappelle joked that he was staying at a Trump hotel, addressing Trump’s comments on the Access Hollywood tape, saying that when the “housekeeper comes in the morning, I say, ‘Hey, good morning!,’ grab a big handful of pussy, you know. ‘Boss said it was OK.'”
Imagining what the meeting between Trump and President Barack Obama might have been like, he said that Trump might now be worried about how hard the job of president would be. “Not really — at least you get to be white while you’re doing it,” Chappelle joked as Obama.
“I think we’ll all miss him when he’s gone,” he said of President Obama.
“I think it’s important that I say this because they’re marching up the street right now as we speak,” Chappelle concluded, telling the story of going to the White House recently for a BET event “with all black people — and Bradley Cooper, for some reason.
“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.”
Chappelle later brought a few of his Chappelle’s Show friends with him to NBC’s Studio 8H.
In a Walking Dead parody, Chappelle himself starred as the infamous Negan, but he also played several of his potential victims.
Tyrone Biggums, with his signature bright red hat, got distracted by Negan’s threats, whereas Lil Jon couldn’t hear them: “What? OK!” Clayton Bigsby, black white supremacist, wore a “Make America Great Again” hat and spoke about “Trump’s America.”
“And that is how we as a nation begin to heal, by laughing together,” said the eventual victim to end the timely sketch.
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