STAGE TUBE: Dave Chappelle Covers the Election in SNL Opening Monologue
Last night, Dave Chappelle hosted SNL for the first post-election episode, and the comedian dedicated his opening monologue to covering Donald Trump's shocking win. From the ongoing protests, to police shootings, Harambe, and Black Lives Matter, Chappelle's commentary managed to bring poignant levity to a situation that has left many feeling hopeless.
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