Saturday Night Live

Chappelle Hosts ‘SNL' After Biden Secures Presidency; Foo Fighters Perform

Dave Chappelle and the cast enjoy plenty of laughs in an episode placed at the end of a historically turbulent week in politics

Comedian Dave Chappelle kicks off "Saturday Night Live" with an opening monologue as host, November 7, 2020.

In a momentous episode, "Saturday Night Live" aired just hours after major news outlets Saturday declared former Vice President Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential race, ending one of the most contentious elections in history.

"SNL" opened with their take on a hectic election week that spanned from Tuesday to Saturday morning.

"Welcome back to what has become election week in America," said Beck Bennett, playing CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.

"I'm supposed to be a neutral news anchor, but god-damn it that feels good!" said Bennett's Blitzer after announcing Biden as the winner.

Jim Carrey and Alec Baldwin returned once again to reprise their roles as each candidate, satirizing the speeches given in recent days. Maya Rudolph, as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, gave a speech as the first Black woman to be elected to the position.

"To all the little Black and brown girls who are watching, I just want to say this: The reason your mom is laughing so much tonight, is because she's drunk. And the reason she's crying is... because she's drunk. Your mom is going to switch from laughing to crying, to dancing pretty much all night."

Chloe Fineman appeared as White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany as Baldwin's Trump refused to concede.

Dave Chappelle, the highly anticipated host of the show, used his opening monologue to give a fitting stand-up routine that reflected on a typically diverse arrangement of topics such as the coronavirus, Trump's presidency, and his great-grandfather.

"Remember when I was here four years ago," Chappelle said, referencing his hosting of the first "Saturday Night Live" after Trump was elected president.

"Remember how bad that felt. Remember that half the country, right now, still feels that way. Please remember that."

Chappelle and Rudolph joined Kenan Thompson in a segment about brands featuring Black people as part of their advertising.

On "Weekend Update," Michael Che and Colin Jost made no attempt to hide their excitement with the result of the presidential election.

"You know, ever since Biden won, everything I was worried about or mad about just sorta faded away," said Che while sipping a drink.

"I just want to point out how crazy it is that it's already Saturday and the only candidate that has conceded is Kanye West. It is never a good sign when Kanye accepts reality faster than you do," added Jost.

The musical guest this week was "SNL" favorite The Foo Fighters, who have been featured as the musical guest on the show 7 times over 24 years.

The band, led by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, used the opportunity to debut their new single "Shame Shame" from the band's upcoming 10th album "Medicine at Midnight."

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