A decade ago, Dave Chappelle unceremoniously pulled the plug on Chappelle’s Show just weeks before its third season was scheduled to premiere. Citing his contempt for the entertainment industry’s tone-deafness toward black entertainers and audiences, Chappelle spent the latter half of the oughts away from the spotlight. Though he returned to the stand-up circuit a few years back, the comedian has shown little interest in revisiting his time on Chappelle’s Show. That was until last night.
“You know all week long people asked if I was going to do any characters from Chappelle’s Show tonight. At first I wasn’t going to, but I saw that episode of Walking Dead *spoiler* where they smash Glenn on the head and kill him. It was devastating. I love that show, and Glenn was one of my favorite characters. In that spirit and with that in mind, I hope you enjoy this.” What followed was a parody sketch in which classic characters from Chappelle’s Show — including Tyrone Biggums, Lil’ Jon, Clayton Bigsby, and Silky Johnson — faced their mortality at the hands of Negan.
Elsewhere in the episode, Chappelle spoofed woke white kids’ reaction to the election with help from Chris Rock, and delivered a bitting monologue inspired by Donald Trump’s presidency.
Plus, A Tribe Called Quest performed and they were great.