Here’s how Dave Chappelle’s ‘SNL’ post-election monologue compares to his 2016 stand-up

Dave Chappelle hosts "Saturday Night Live" on Nov. 7.
Dave Chappelle hosts “Saturday Night Live” on Nov. 7, hours after Joe Biden was declared winner of the highly contentious 2020 presidential election.

Mere hours after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election, Dave Chappelle returned to “Saturday Night Live,” skewering President Trump and his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in his monologue.

“Now Trump is gone,” he said. “A lot of people don’t like him, but I thought the guy was at least an optimist. I am not as optimistic as he was. I look at it like... there’s bad people on both sides.”

He went on to joke about the difference in how Trump, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the late Herman Cain were treated after testing positive for the novel coronavirus. (Christie went into intensive care and Cain died of COVID-19.)

“Think about that,” said Chappelle. “That’s your leader... for four years. What kind of man makes sure he’s OK while his friends fight for their lives and die? A white man.”

He also brought up the contention around wearing masks, saying: “I don’t know why poor white people don’t like wearing masks. What is the problem? You wear masks at the Klan rally, wear it to Walmart too.”

He added: “You don’t even want to wear your mask because it’s oppressive? Try wearing the mask that I’ve been wearing all these years. I can’t even tell something true unless it has a punchline behind it.”


Four years after helping ‘SNL’ fans process Hillary Clinton’s defeat by Donald Trump, Dave Chappelle returns to offer an incisive monologue.

Nov. 8, 2020

Chappelle ended his monologue by imploring “everybody who’s celebrating today to remember, it’s good to be a humble winner. Remember when I was here four years ago, how bad that felt? Remember that half the country right now still feels that way.”

In Chappelle’s 2016 appearance, he not only talked about the shock of Trump’s election victory, but also about Black Lives Matter, being wealthy and unrest in Portland, Ore.

“I didn’t know that Donald Trump was going to win the election,” he said. “I did suspect it. Seemed like Hillary [Clinton] was doing well in the polls and yet... I know the whites. You guys aren’t as full of surprises as you used to be.

“America’s done it,” he added. “We’ve actually elected an internet troll as our president. I haven’t seen white people this mad since the O.J. verdict. I watched a white riot in Portland, Ore., on television the other night... I’m wishing Donald Trump luck, and I’m going to give him a chance. And we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one too.”

Back then, he also touched on mass shootings, bringing up the Pulse nightclub shooting specifically and suggesting that was more important than the results of the election.

“We’ve been here before,” he said. “All these shootings in the last year. The worst mass shootings in the history of the United States. There’s more shootings than I can literally count.”


Chappelle mentioned the mass shootings again in his monologue Saturday night. “You guys remember what life was like before COVID? There was a mass shooting every week... Thank God for COVID. Something had to lock these murderous whites up and keep them in the house.”