Chappelle Returns!!!

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Dave freakin’ Chappelle hosted Saturday Night Live on November 12th and brought humor, insight, and even encouragement to the viewing audience.

I really didn’t know what to expect from Saturday Night Live this past week. I wondered if Alec Baldwin would return one more time as Trump or if they would hand the impersonation back to Hammond. I was SO excited about Dave Chappelle hosting. I thought about how strenuous the writing process must have been this week and I wondered about the results. I didn’t know exactly what to expect, but I was looking forward to it, and I was very happy with the episode.

©2016/Will Heath/NBC
©2016/Will Heath/NBC

Cold Open

When the episode opened on McKinnon as Hillary Clinton playing the piano, I thought they were going to parody a song about her losing the election. Instead, she played and sang (recently departed) Leonard Cohen’s, “Hallelujah”, no jokes attached. It was honest, compelling and beautiful. At the end, McKinnon turned to the camera and said, “I’m not giving up and neither should you. Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”

©2016/Will Heath/NBC
©2016/Will Heath/NBC


DAVE CHAPPELLE HOSTED SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE!! Dave Chapelle was the star of the popular Chappelle Show on Comedy Central, which ended in 2005. Saturday Night Live has been his largest television appearance since his departure. So, with all that said, people were excited to hear from Dave Chappelle. His monologue was a mixture of stand-up and commentary on the election. It was optimistic and truthful. People have been sharing this monologue all over social media and is the best monolouge this season.

Election Night

This episode of SNL was surprisingly lacked political sketches. But I’m OK with that, because the one political sketch was on point. It followed the results of election night with a group of voters who were confident in Clinton’s election. Chappelle’s character was skeptical. As the results rolled in, the voters grow more frantic and discouraged. Chappelle (later joined by CHRIS ROCK) commented on his friends’ shock, essentially saying, “Why are you surprised?”. It’s a strong commentary on election night and the state of the country. We may be shocked by the response of the country, but there are some of us who have seen it many times and are honestly not surprised.

Walking Dead Chappelle’s Show

Dave Chappelle is arguably best known for his characters on the Chappelle Show. This sketch used the season premiere episode of The Walking Dead to showcase many of Chappelle’s popular characters.  This sketch was not only funny, but it was a great way to include Chappelle’s characters, but not detour the episode.

©2016/Will Heath/NBC
©2016/Will Heath/NBC

Here’s the thing, honestly, I want to highlight almost every single sketch in this episode. But I can’t, so please go check it out on or with the SNL app. It was a fantastic episode which exceeded expectations I didn’t know I had.

Did you have a favorite sketch?


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Alicia is a young professional woman who works in the art, specifically live theatre. She graduated from Eastern University with a BA in Communication Studies in 2013. In addition to being a writer for, she is a friend, aunt, sister, daughter, Christian, actor, coffee addict, stage manager, director, teacher, and avid reader.