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Dave Chappelle slams Trump in biting 'Saturday Night Live' monologue

  • Dave Chappelle hosted NBC's "Saturday Night Live" hours after Democratic nominee Joe Biden addressed the nation for the first time as president-elect.
  • Following the divisive election, the 47-year-old comedian encouraged Americans "to find a way to forgive each other."
  • "You have to find a way to live your life," he said, adding, "You have to find a way to find joy."
  • Chappelle previously hosted the comedy sketch show following the 2016 presidential election between President Donald Trump and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
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After one of the most divisive presidential elections in US history, Dave Chappelle used his "Saturday Night Live" hosting gig to encourage Americans to come together. 

Hours after Democratic nominee Joe Biden took the stage Saturday in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, to give his first speech as president-elect, the 47-year-old stand-up comedian delivered his monologue at Studio 8H. 

Chappelle began by saying that he'd spent the day thinking about his great-grandfather, who was born enslaved in South Carolina.

"I wish I could see him now," Chappelle said. "And I wish he could see me. Because I wonder what he would say."

The comedian then used the seemingly somber moment to point out that both HBO Max and Netflix are streaming his Comedy Central sketch series, "Chappelle's Show," which ran from 2003 to 2006, without paying him. 

"If he could see me now, he'd probably be like, 'This n---- got bought and sold more than I have,'" he joked. 

 

In his wide-ranging monologue, Chappelle also dove into the current COVID-19 pandemic, sarcastically noting that there was a "mass shooting every week" before the coronavirus pandemic. 

"Thank God for COVID," he said, adding, "Something had to lock these murderous whites up, keep them in the house."

Chappelle eventually segued into President Donald Trump's handling of the pandemic, smoking a cigarette between his onstage jokes. 

"Donald Trump's a wild guy," Chappelle said, recalling the moment that Trump suggested ingesting disinfectants as a potential cure for COVID-19 and stating that it was "hilarious" when the president contracted the disease. 

The president, who has since recovered from COVID-19, later claimed that the statement about ingesting bleach was meant as "sarcasm" rather than a serious suggestion. 

Toward the end of his monologue, Chappelle suggested that Americans on all sides of the political spectrum "find a way to forgive each other" following the 2020 election results. 

"You have to find a way to live your life," he said, adding, "You have to find a way to find joy."

Saturday marks Chappelle's second time hosting "SNL" immediately after a presidential election. In 2016, the comedian stood on the Studio 8H stage to deliver a monologue about Trump's victory over then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. 

"I didn't know that Donald Trump was going to win the election. I did suspect it," he said.

Chappelle added, "It seemed like Hillary was doing well in the polls, and yet, I know the whites."

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