Anti-Defamation League President Responds To Dave Chappelle’s “Saturday Night Live” Opening Monologue
Back in the early days of Saturday Night Live, the cast used to do everything short of having an orgy before performing their live skits, and that spirit of “Who Gives A Fuck?!” energy has been resurrected in recent years. But no more than when caustic comic Dave Chappelle took the reins as host this past weekend. Ahead of his appearance, several SNL writers reportedly tapped out of his episode over his past controversies. We already know Dave says what he wants, smokes whatever he has in his hand, and makes a swift exit before anyone can throw a rotten tomato at him. But his recent monologue for last week’s SNL episode, where he referenced GoFundMe candidate Kanye West‘s anti-Semitic sentiments, has gotten him into trouble with the Anti-Defamation League and its president Jonathan Goldblatt.
Some “Saturday Night Live” Writers Are Rumored To Be Boycotting This Week’s Show In Protest Of Dave Chappelle Hosting
Because of Dave Chappelle’s history of jokes that many find homophobic and transphobic, he’s since become the festering church fart many make a concerted effort to avoid (or try to swat into dissipation). His last Netflix special, The Closer, drew a great deal of ire and protest when it came out last year; and now Page Six reported that several Saturday Night Live staff writers are sitting out this week’s show as a statement of their disapproval of him being chosen to host. I mean, SNL has been sitting out SNL for about five years as it is, so this Saturday’s episode may be especially devoid of sketches that cause people to make quiet “mmph” sounds through their nostrils in acknowledgment that a joke was just attempted.
If there’s one thing that Dave Chappelle loves more than Joe Rogan and pissing off members of the LGBTQ+ community, it’s Dave Chappelle. So when his alma mater, Washington D.C.’s Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts, made arrangements to name the school’s theater space after him, you’d think that Dave would’ve enthusiastically accepted the honor from a front-row, years-old gum-crusted theater seat that has “Kip $wallows whole hot dawg$” carved into it to bask in the glow of his greatness. But after the fallout from Dave’s comments about trans people in his last Netflix special, paired with his last uncomfortable visit to the school, Dave decided that he doesn’t want his name on the theater, after all, if it’s going to continue to make waves among the students.
What happens when you bring together two once-beloved-now-sort-of-disgraced comedians together on stage? Jokes and social media backlash, of course! John Mulaney, boyfriend and baby daddy of Olivia Munn is back on tour and surprised his Ohio audience with a special guest star: Dave Chappelle.
The Man Who Attacked Dave Chappelle Has Avoided Felony Charges But Was Hit With Several Misdemeanors
Earlier this week, Chris Rock got a major case of Groundhog Day when he saw his friend and fellow comedian Dave Chappelle take a surprise hit by an audience member at the Netflix Is A Joke Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. Dave Chappelle was on stage performing when a 23-year-old man named Isaiah Lee rushed the stage and tried to take down Dave. But why crush bones when you could crush Dave’s spirit by being the person to shout, “I’m Rick James, bitch!” at him for the 8 millionth time. Isaiah was quickly beaten up by Dave’s security team (and it was originally reported that Jamie Foxx and Busta Rhymes got a few hits in, but Dave’s rep denies that). Isaiah was arrested. And he won’t be facing felony charges for the incident, but less-heavy misdemeanor charges.
Comedians are going to have to enroll in some hand-to-hand combat classes or at least take a crash-in-course chancleta-throwing from a seasoned abuelita. Because last night Dave Chappelle became the latest comedian to get the Whoop That Trick treatment from an angry audience member. The Hollywood Reporter says that while Dave was performing at the Hollywood Bowl for the Netflix Is A Joke Festival (“What a fitting name” said all the writers who just got fired by Netflix, etc, etc…), an audience member rushed the stage toward the end of his set and tried to take him down. Dave’s attacker reportedly had a replica gun that shoots out a knife blade (what in Rambo hell…). Dave was not injured, but his attacker was after Dave’s security team, with help from Jamie Foxx and Busta Rhymes, beat the dude down.