Takin' it like a champ! Dave Chappelle hosted "Saturday Night Live" for the first time on November 12, and in one brilliant sketch he managed to combine his much-missed "Chappelle's Show" with AMC's "The Walking Dead." He also slid in a message about the 2016 presidential election, and added some Chaka Khan. And -- of course -- there was crack.
Before SNL aired the taped piece, Chappelle addressed the audience, saying, "All week long people have been asking me if I was going to do any characters from 'Chappelle's Show' tonight. At first I wasn't going to, and then I saw that episode of 'Walking Dead' where they smash this guy Glenn on the head and kill him." He said it was "devastating" because he loves "The Walking Dead" and Glenn was one of his favorite characters. "I was crushed."
So he honored the event in kind of a strange way: He reenacted Negan's lineup, playing Negan himself, and giving the big bad a new lineup filled with his own "Chappelle's Show" characters, including Tyrone Biggums, Silky, Chuck Taylor, Clayton Bigsby, and Lil Jon.
The hilarious five-minute sketch ends with an uplifting message of hope from the decapitated character. Watch the video:"Note to self: Remind me to try crack."
Chappelle's hosting debut landed SNL its highest ratings so far this season. According to Deadline, the episode had the highest 18-49 overnight numbers since December 21, 2013, which was hosted by Jimmy Fallon with musical guest Justin Timberlake.
Here are two of the night's other standout sketches, with Chris Rock joining Chappelle for Election Night commentary, and Kate McKinnon honoring Hillary Clinton and the late Leonard Cohen by singing Cohen's "Hallelujah" in the cold open:Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook.