TV Club: Dave Chappelle points a stirring Saturday Night Live toward the future

It’s tempting to say, “If you invite Dave Chappelle to host Saturday Night Live, you know what you’re going to get.” Except that not knowing what you get is built into who Dave Chappelle is as a comedian. Especially after essentially being out of the spotlight—at least this bright and inescapable a spotlight—for a decade, inviting Dave Chappelle to host the first SNL after Election Day means turning over a large part of that show’s sensibility to a man whose own comic sensibilities are as uncompromising as they are unpredictable. And brilliant.

People were taken aback when Chappelle, in a standup show last week, defended certain aspects of Donald Trump’s infamous “grab her by the pussy” Access Hollywood tape, as Chappelle proposed an alternate explanation to Trump’s followup, “When you’re famous, they let you do it.” Chappelle’s takes on consent, on …

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