Dave Chappelle And Chris Rock Saw Trump's Presidency A Mile Away On SNL
Dave Chappelle speaks at The Roots Picnic NYC on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. (Photo: Vickey Ford | Sneakshot)
This week’s presidential election of Donald Trump may have shocked much of America, but in tonight’s episode of SNL, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock weren’t the least bit surprised.
Chappelle was the much-awaited guest host for Saturday Night Live this week, and the first sketch got right to what the country has been talking about since Tuesday night: the election that made Donald Trump the next President of the United States. In the sketch, Chappelle is the only black attendee of an election party. While the white guests are optimistic about Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning, Chappelle is skeptical the whole time.
Midway through the sketch, Rock arrives at the party, sharing Chappelle’s sentiments. The two GOAT comedians joke at the obliviousness and misery of their white counterparts, who are melting down with each subsequent election update on the TV.
The sketch has multiple zingers. Rock on why Clinton wasn’t a viable candidate: “You’re replacing a charismatic 40-year-old black guy with a 70-year-old white woman. That’s like the Knicks replacing Patrick Ewing with Neil Patrick Harris.” Chappelle, flipping the possibility of Clinton being the first woman president for Trump winning: “You were right, it’s a historic night.” The sketch – the whole episode, for that matter – felt like a vintage episode of Chappelle’s Show. And with election results worrying and depressing the country, it’s just what many viewers needed.