Dave Chappelle is making his return to Saturday Night Live.
On Saturday, November 12th, Chappelle will host SNL for the third time. He will be joined by musical guest Black Star (Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli), who he hosts the Midnight Miracle podcast with on Luminary.
Chappelle hosting SNL right after a major United States election is becoming tradition. Chappelle will be hosting SNL just days after the midterm elections take place. The last time Chappelle hosted was in 2020, just days after the presidential election. Before that, he hosted the show days after the 2016 election, when Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton. During that monologue, Chappelle infamously said that he was willing to give Trump a chance:
“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. Thank you very much.”
Chappelle would later publicly regret that decision. A year later he said, during a benefit, “I fucked up. I’m sorry.”
As for musical guest, Chappelle was joined by A Tribe Called Quest in 2016 and the Foo Fighters in 2020. This time he’s coming with Black Star, who released their No Fear of Time, their first new album in 24 years, earlier this year. The album was released exclusively on subscription podcast platform Luminary.
Compared to 2020, Chappelle is a much more radioactive figure. Last year, he released The Closer, his most divisive standup special yet. Upon its release, The Closer was derided by critics for its transphobic jokes, while employees inside of Netflix protested the streamer airing the show. Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarando stood by Chappelle, further going deeper into the Chappelle business.
Will Chappelle address all of this? We will all find out together.
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