Comedy legend Dave Chappelle kicked off his Saturday Night Live hosting duties with a killer 11+ minute opening monologue where joked about the election of Donald Trump and how selfish he has been during the Obama administration as a rich performer. Chappelle’s set was just what we needed after the awful week we’ve all collectively had.
In the first sketch after the monologue, Chappelle was joined by Chris Rock as they played (only) two African-Americans at an Election Night viewing party and they weren’t surprised by Trump’s victory:
The one person who’s most definitely bummed out about the election results is Hillary Clinton. HC portrayer Kate McKinnon performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” in the cold open, sans jokes. It’s an interesting yet still moving choice on the show’s part:
In a non-election related sketch, Chappelle presented a mash-up of his old sketch show and The Walking Dead in what may be the funniest pre-recorded bit of the night:
Last night’s musical guests were the living members of A Tribe Called Quest. They dropped their first album in 18 years — and their last with Phife Dawg, who passed away earlier this year — We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service on Friday, and man, it’s sooo good. They performed “We the People…”, a timely track about minorities living in Trump’s America, on the show. Though SNL hasn’t yet uploaded that performance, here’s the song for your earholes:
Saturday Night Live airs Saturdays at 11:30pm Eastern/Pacific on NBC.