Four years ago, in the first show after Donald Trump was elected president, Dave Chappelle hosted Saturday Night Live. A fair amount of Americans were scared and emotional and the show tried to help them laugh again. There was a somber end, though, as Kate McKinnon closed the show with a piano rendition of Hallelujah.
Chappelle hosted again last night, again the first show since the election. The mood was a lot more celebratory this time around. Still, the comedian jokingly warned that we may have gotten rid of Trump, but we are still going to have to deal with the COVID deniers.
The monologue began with Chappelle talking about Biden’s win calling it a “pretty incredible day.” He continued:
”I was thinking about a person I never actually met but I heard about all my life. I was thinking about my great-grandfather, who apparently, by all accounts, was a very great man. He was born a slave in South Carolina. He was a slave for 10 years of his life. And when the northerners came down, they started educating some of the newly freed black children, and he learned how to read. Become a man of education and dedicated his life to three things: Education, freedom of Black people, Jesus Christ.”
The comedian closed his remarks talking about foreign friend who said, “The world feels like a safer place now that America has a new president. And I said, ‘That’s great, but America doesn’t.’ You guys remember what life was like before Covid? A mass shooting every week. Anyone remember that? Thank God for Covid. Someone had to lock these murderous whites up, keep them in the house.”
Watch a clip from the show below, courtesy of NBC:
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