Dave Chappelle’s opening monologue about Saturday Night Live addresses anti-Semitic comments by Kanye “Ye” West, as well as Donald Trump and the midterm elections.
He began his monologue by reading a letter he had prepared denouncing anti-Semitism, declaring, “And that, Kanye, is your way of buying yourself time.” He continued that he had never heard anyone do a good deed after using the phrase “Jew”, joking about West thinking he was invulnerable until Adidas dumped him after. his comments.
“I don’t think Kanye is crazy,” Chappelle said. “Maybe he’s not feeling well.”
When discussing the midterm elections, the comedian mainly focused on Herschel Walker and how some might feel that the Trump era is over, but he insists it’s not. He went on to explain that living in Ohio, he has a firsthand look at Trump’s fan base, saying “he’s so much loved.”
Chappelle also teased Kyrie Irving, who was recently suspended for at least five games by the Brooklyn Nets after he shared a link to the documentary. Hebrew for Blacks: Awakening Black America — a film containing anti-Semitic sentiments.
Before the opening monologue, the cold opening has a segment from fox and friends, stars Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, and Bowen Yang as Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade, with special appearances from Cecily Strong’s Kari Lake and James Austin Johnson’s Trump.
Chappelle hosted the comedy sketch series for the third time on November 12. The last time the comedian hosted the show, it was the episode that took place after the 2020 election, in which Joe Biden defeated Trump, who is running running for president for a second term. Before that, he hosted the show after Trump won the 2016 presidential election.
SNLChappelle’s decision to host the show drew criticism after his controversial jokes about the transgender community in the Netflix special Closer.
In the trailers before the episode, Chappelle and actor Ego Nwodim seem to have settled the controversy. After the comedian announced that he would be hosting the show with musical guest Black Star, Nwodim confusedly asked him if they were doing the show live, Chappelle confirmed. “With you?” She continued, “In this news cycle?”
Black Star guest-starred on the musical, which the comedian joked would be “an episode so black, it’ll be on BET.”