Chappelle's Show Characters Return In 'Walking Dead'-Inspired SNL Sketch
Dave Chappelle speaks at The Roots Picnic NYC on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. (Photo: Vickey Ford | Sneakshot)
During his takeover of Saturday Night Live, Dave Chappelle brought back beloved characters from his Chappelle’s Show.
A highlight sketch from the night had Chappelle portraying Negan, the villain from The Walking Dead. Negan continues his tradition of threatening characters with his barb-wire bat, and he has several potential victims on their knees in front of him: classic characters from Chappelle’s Show.
“All week long, people have been asking me if I would bring back any characters from Chappelle’s Show tonight. At first, I wasn’t going to,” Chappelle said before the sketch began. “But then I saw that episode of Walking Dead, where they smashed this guy Glenn on the head and killed him. It was devastating: I love that show, and Glenn was one of my favorite characters. I was crushed.
“With that spirit, and with that in mind, I hope you enjoy this.”
The comedian brought back most of the characters he portrayed on his former sketch TV series on Comedy Central from 2003-2006. Crackhead Tyrone Biggums, blind black man and white supremacist Clayton Bigsby, Chappelle’s imitation of Lil Jon, and news anchor Chuck Taylor all make appearances. Two other characters from the show’s classic Playa Haters’ Ball sketch, Chappelle’s Silky Johnon and Donnell Rawlings’s Beautiful, also show up. In classic form, Chappelle portrayed each character with the same costumes, mannerisms and vocal tics as he did more than 10 yeas ago.
Negan menacingly stalks in front of the characters, wielding his barb-wire bat to take one of them out. He settles upon Biggums, but Biggums has a message for the other characters and SNL viewers before he makes his exit.
Watch the sketch below.