Dave Chap­pelle, ‘SNL’ give thought­ful coda to elec­tion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - STATE NEWS - By Lynn El­ber

LOS ANGELES » “Satur­day Night Live” called on host Dave Chap­pelle’s wit and Kate McKin­non’s per­for­mance of “Hal­lelu­jah” for a thought­ful coda to a di­vi­sive pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

Chap­pelle, claim­ing to be rusty after a decade largely out of the TV spot­light, proved ready and ea­ger to of­fer his take on Don­ald Trump’s vic­tory over Hil­lary Clin­ton, in­clud­ing the protests that fol­lowed.

“I haven’t seen white peo­ple this mad since the O.J. (Simp­son) ver­dict,” the co­me­dian said drolly, sug­gest­ing he would take a knee like foot­ball player Colin Kaeper­nick and let whites fig­ure out the elec­tion.

There were one-lin­ers — he grabbed the maid in his Trump ho­tel room be­cause the “boss said it was OK” — but Chap­pelle also got se­ri­ous, talk­ing about the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment and other is­sues be­yond the elec­tion.

“I don’t even think it’s the most im­por­tant thing we’re deal­ing with,” Chap­pelle said, not­ing “all these shoot­ings in the last year, worst mass shoot­ings in the his­tory of the United States.”

Giv­ing a shoutout to Pres­i­dent Barack Obama for a job well done and say­ing he’d be missed, Chap­pelle told of at­tend­ing a re­cent BET-spon­sored White House party at­tended mostly by African-Amer­i­can guests.

He re­called how rare it was in past cen­turies for blacks to be al­lowed to visit the White House, ad­ding that he rel­ished see­ing “how happy ev­ery­body was, these peo­ple that had been his­tor­i­cally dis­en­fran­chised.”

“It made me feel hope­ful, and it made me feel proud to be an Amer­i­can, and it made me very happy about the prospects of our coun­try,” Chap­pelle said.

“So, in that spirit, I’m wish­ing Don­ald Trump luck, and I’m go­ing to give him a chance,” he said. “And we, the his­tor­i­cally dis­en­fran­chised, de­mand that he give us one, too.”

After a string of open­ings fea­tur­ing cast mem­ber McKin­non as Clin­ton spar­ring with Alec Bald­win’s Trump, McKin­non owned the stage solo Satur­day night.


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