Dave Chappelle made his return to television after a 12-year hiatus just after Donald Trump won the presidential election against Hilary Clinton — and the timing was no coincidence.
The 43-year-old comic hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the first time just days after Trump won and anti-Trump protests broke out around the country. Those who tuned in, both Trump and Hillary supporters and those in between, were probably all able to laugh about it. Chappelle has a way of blurring party lines with comedy. Perhaps that’s part of the reason he’s considered getting into politics.
Chappelle thought it was pretty risky of “SNL” to have him host at such a time, especially with his reputation for being “unpredictable,” he told T Magazine in an interview published Wednesday. The comedian said that for him the moment “felt bigger than Trump winning the election.”
“Trump winning the election felt like a force of nature. Me coming back to television in that fashion felt like the arduous task,” he said.
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