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Dave Chappelle Hosting Saturday Night Live Recap | SNL 2016

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Rob Cesternino (@robcesternino) and  Rich Tackenberg (@richtack) review episode 6 of the 42nd season of Saturday Night Live with host Dave Chappelle & musical guest A Tribe Called Quest, broadcast on November 12, 2016!

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  • Matt Racine

    loved the cold open. no jokes needed. cause the current political situation ain’t that funny. it was a great way to start the show. I thought it was a beautiful tribute to Leonard Cohen and also served as a classy send off for the Hilary Clinton character.

    • homertownie

      The “told the truth” line was really hilarious coming from Hillary!

  • Rachel Koeper

    Did you notice the shirt Cecily was wearing in the goodbyes? It had a picture of a safety pin on it. People are wearing safety pins as a form of protest against Trump and to show that they are a safe space.

    • Charles Bikle

      It’s also a form of protest by babies who prefer Pampers over cloth diapers.

  • Matthew Murphy

    The irony of Hillary singing Hallelujah is over 9000. “I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool ya.” The fact those words left Kate McKinnon’s mouth and she kept a straight face is a testament to her acting ability.

    • Matthew Murphy

      That being said they should chance the whole show to Saturday Night Chapelle because he makes the show worth watching.

  • Matt Racine

    great podcast guys! always look forward to hearing your thoughts on sunday.

  • redbluegreen

    I really appreciate Rob’s take on the cold open (especially in comparison to Dave Chappelle’s opening). For me, I kept waiting for Kate to stop the song and address the audience as Clinton (in the humorous tone of the “I can’t make you love me” sketch).

    • homertownie

      And what she said was stupid. Hillary is washed up and is going away whether she wants to or not, and she definitely wants to.

  • NateSadler

    Man, I get it but the walking on eggshells when talking about the cold open was nearly impossible to listen to.

  • SSEO

    Rob, if you are somehow offended about people in entertainment (and people in general) taking a position against the president-elect, it is going to be a very long four years for you.

    • Ben

      I don’t think Rob was offended about people taking a position, cos he liked Chapelle’s monologue. I think it was more of a branding issue. SNL promotes itself as bipartisan (in contrast to Seth Meyers etc.) so I think that, in Rob’s eyes, it should either:
      a) stop pretending to be apolitical
      b) not take sides
      Not saying I agree with him, but I don’t think his problem was with people in entertainment taking a political stance.

    • Charles Bikle

      I’m independent, but, I’ll tell ya, I think smug, condescending liberal celebs lecturing people who to vote for, might have been one of the tipping points that gave Trump this election and might give him the next one as well.

  • Kolohe

    Rob spoke my mind about the cold open. I didn’t even mind (edit – I don’t mind at all*) if someone wears their point of view on their sleeve, like Chapelle did, or like Bee or Oliver or Colbert do or did routinely. (Stewart’s POV was more anti-establishment than anti-Republican actually).

    it’s the blatant hypocrisy that grinds my gears. And even say (accurately) McKinnon had nothing to do with Trump hosting last year and had to just roll with it. She *certainly* did her part, personally, to humanize Kellyanne Conway. Which, to be clear, I found even funnier than her Clinton schtick from the same weeks (mainly because it was fresh).

    But you can’t treat everything as a joke (even if its your job) and then get upset when the joke treats you back. Either be a professional, or get out of the game.

    *in fact, people should wear their point of view on their sleeves, it’s funnier that way. Black Jeopardy was brilliant *because* it kept a consistent point of view from open to close.

    • 1LOSTFan

      That’s the fault of Lorne for picking Trump last fall. The cast has zero control (except for boycotting like Nora Dunn did in ’90 against Dice Clay).

  • ames

    I did not like the stance they took on the cold open. If you voted for Trump because of financial policy yet ignore the horrible social and moral atrocities that he and Pence stand for than you are a terrible person. It’s like ignoring the whole kill the Jews thing that hitler did because he gave everyone cars and radios. Disappointed that you didn’t like the poignant performance from Kate.

    • I just want to add that I thought the performance was great and I understand the sentiment but I don’t know how SNL can say it’s neutral after opening the show with that statement. If SNL wants to pick a side, that’s okay too but its just a departure of what the institution has been to date.

  • Chris A

    Rich/Rob, I was hoping you would touch on Dave apologizing to Lorne in the middle of his monologue, after dropping that P-bomb. My theory is, it was discussed ahead of time and Lorne said he couldn’t say it, but he did anyway. Any thoughts on that?

    Censorship side note: I live in the Raleigh, NC area, and I just thought I was having trouble with my DVR – but it turns out much of the monologue was censored due to the bad language. It was very annoying, and now I know why.

  • 1LOSTFan
  • 1LOSTFan

    SNL has always had mostly left-wing castmembers since the beginning but always has been able to mock both parities.

    Lorne sold his soul last fall when having Trump and normalizing as this “goofy guy”. So yeah he has to redeem himself. I know a lot of the castmembers were quite upset and angry, especially those that are in marganizaled societal groups.

  • Ben
  • Rich, I am glad that you brought up Chapelle smoking because I caught him with a lit cigarette at least four times (in the commercial break before he introduced the Walking Dead: Chappelle Show, during the Inside SNL press conference, during the Last Call sketch, and in the goodbyes). The only reason why I noticed it is because it just seemed so odd that he was smoking on stage.

    • Mike Hasher

      That’s his profile pic when you search the episode on the app

  • Ben

    Geeeez Rich, lighten up a little! The Walking Dead sketch WAS a Chappelle’s Show sketch, in every sense of the word. The characters, the writing, the cinematography, everything. Just let him introduce it like every single Chappelle’s Show sketch was introduced back in the day, for nostalgia’s sake. It’s not that big of a deal.

    • Mike Hasher

      It was only chappelle and hid characters no other cast members that rarely happens

  • homertownie

    So funny that Rob tried to say SNL “plays it down the middle”. You cannot be serious. Eight years of a President with funny ears and you can count the jokes criticizing Obama on one thumb. At least 95 pro-Democrat jokes for every 5 pro-Republican jokes.

    I do love the current “normalizing” meme that seems to be providing angst to Rich and the far left today. So cute that SNL cashed the check for having Trump host and now has “angst” about it. SNL does its part to reinforce the liberal prejudices and bigotries about the “fly over country” between NYC and LA.

    The Hillary cold open was funny because she sang so poignantly about claiming to be telling the truth to the Lord when everybody in the world knows how much she lies and sold her soul for the Presidency thirty years ago — it was very funny, even if it wasn’t meant to be.

  • Mike Hasher

    Btw Lorne Michaels was in the drakes feud pre tape last season