Dave Chappelle targets Kanye West and Trump on ‘SNL’

Concerned speculation had been piling up all week before Dave Chappelle’s Saturday Night Live guest appearance.

Since the controversial comedian’s return to the sketch comedy show was announced, NBC and executive producer Lorne Michaels have been criticized for putting a spotlight on Chappelle amid so-called transphobic comments on his Emmy-nominated 2021 special, The Closer had. Reports circulated that some “SNL” writers, upset by his comments, refused to work with him. These reports were denied by Chappelle’s representatives.

So when he took the stage as the house band played the opening notes of Otis Redding’s classic “Try A Little Tenderness” and said he wanted to read a statement, many viewers were no doubt wondering if he would bring up the topic or other hot questions. button themes.

Chappelle pulled a paper out of his black leather jacket and read, “I condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms and stand with my friends in the Jewish community.” He then sharply nudged the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, who has come under fire for several anti-Semitic remarks advised.

“And with that, Kanye,” he said with a mischievous grin, “you’re buying yourself some time.”

The joke was in a 14-minute opening in which he also targeted Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, Georgia Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker and former President Trump.

Aside from a few mild profanities and a few drops of the N-word, Chappelle’s comments fell far short of the rudeness he’d expressed in previous routines. His monologue was met with hearty laughter and applause from the live studio audience.

Much of the routine was directed against West, also known by his preferred name, Ye.

Chappelle said that during his 35-year career he had heard that “there are two words in the English language that you should never say together, and those words are ‘the’ and ‘jews.’ I’ve never heard anyone do any good after saying that.”

Chappelle also mocked the rapper for boasting that sporting goods manufacturer Adidas wouldn’t dump him over anti-Semitic remarks. He was also referring to Irving, who was suspended indefinitely by the Nets for posting a link to a film containing anti-Semitic material.

“Kanye got in such trouble, Kyrie got in trouble,” he said. He later said, “I know that the Jewish people around the world have been through some terrible things, but you can’t blame black Americans for it — you just can’t.”

When the comment drew only a quiet scream from a viewer, Chappelle said, “Thanks to the one person who said something.”

Chappelle hit out at Walker, saying: “I don’t want to speak ill of him because he’s black, but I have to admit he’s obviously dumb… He’s the kind of guy who looks like he thinks before he does.” makes a move on tic-tac-toe.”

Trump was also mocked: “Why did he have all these documents in his house? He used to be famous for not reading his press briefings and now he suddenly has 10,000 documents? I’ve been fired from many jobs in my life and I want to be completely honest with you, sometimes when I got fired I stole things from the office… But you know what I never stole from work? JOB!”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-11-13/dave-chappelle-returns-to-saturday-night-live Dave Chappelle targets Kanye West and Trump on ‘SNL’

Sarah Ridley

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