Taking the stage at NBC’s Studio 8H on Saturday night time, comic Dave Chappelle used his 15-minute monologue as host of this week’s “Saturday Evening Dwell” to talk on present occasions, however declined to debate something associated to anti-trans jokes he instructed which drew controversy.
Chappelle generated anger final 12 months after the October launch of “The Nearer,” which included dangerous remarks from the 49-year-old comic in regards to the transgender neighborhood and prompted speedy response from Netflix staffers. This included a staged walkout from transgender Netflix staff and allies after the streamer’s chief content material officer Ted Sarandos defended Chappelle’s dangerous jokes as inventive expression, supporting his “inventive freedom.”
As an alternative, Chappelle spent the primary stretch of his monologue commenting on rapper Kanye West’s current antisemitic remarks, opening by saying, “Earlier than I begin tonight, I needed to learn a short assertion that I ready: ‘I surrender antisemitism in all its kinds, and stand with my associates within the Jewish neighborhood.’ And that, Kanye, is how you purchase your self a while.” He then proceeded to inform jokes about Kanye’s antisemitism scandal, in addition to Kyrie Irving’s current antisemitic tweet and apology.
Chappelle additionally instructed just a few jokes that made the viewers gasp, together with, “I’ve been to Hollywood and that is simply what I noticed: It’s plenty of Jews, like a lot. However that doesn’t imply something. There’s plenty of Black individuals in Ferguson, Missouri, however that doesn’t imply we run the place.”
He then ended his set by saying, “I thanks in your assist and I hope they don’t take something away from me — whoever they’re.”
West and Chappelle have crossed inventive paths earlier than, extra notably throughout the early aughts of West’s rap profession, during which the musician appeared on the Comedy Central collection “Chappelle’s Present” as a musical visitor. West additionally carried out throughout an occasion that Chappelle threw in New York in 2004, which was changed into the documentary movie “Dave Chappelle’s Block Occasion.”
This was Chappelle’s third internet hosting stint on “Saturday Evening Dwell,” and all three gigs got here the identical week as a contentious nationwide election. It seems as if collection creator and showrunner Lorne Michaels has etched the standup as “SNL’s” speedy post-election host for main moments within the nation’s political historical past. Following Donald Trump’s victory within the 2016 presidential election, Chappelle hosted the present for the primary time, with the standup’s monologue underscoring his fear in regards to the nation’s future but additionally imploring audiences to offer Trump’s presidency an opportunity. 4 years later, throughout the present’s COVID-impacted season, Chappelle hosted for the second time following a presidential election that noticed present President Joe Biden unseat Trump from the presidency.
By way of this 12 months’s election, Chappelle mocked Herschel Walker and the so-called “Finish of the Trump Period.”
Later within the episode, there was a barbershop-themed sketch that additionally mentioned present occasions, together with extra jokes about West, Walker, the election, in addition to popular culture obsessions like “Yellowstone” and Netflix’s “Dahmer” restricted collection.
In one other sketch, basic “Chappelle’s Present” characters had been revived for a “Home of the Dragon” parody.
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