Since Donald Trump’s win of the next presidency; he can’t but help be apart every news cycle currently going on. When Dave Chappelle hosted a recent episode of SNL he commented on Trump’s win and shared that he will look forward to giving Trump a chance in the office. SNL’s own Michael Che thinks we don’t have a choice. In a talk with Complex; Che went on to talk about Trump in office and how things have been on SNL after Chappelle’s night.
What has the mood been like backstage at SNL, especially during the post-election episode Dave Chappelle hosted?
Everyone handled it different ways. The mood for some people was somber—it was a tough pill to swallow. For other people, it was business as usual. But no matter what, when the light comes on, it’s time to go. It’s like a cop—they don’t come to a crime scene and start crying. That’s one thing I’m proud of the show for. No matter what, we’re ready to perform, and it’s been that way for years. During 9/11, we still put on a show and made people laugh. I think that’s why people take it personally when they see someone that they don’t like on the show. We’re their friends.
It’s almost like people are like “You like THEM!?”
Exactly! [They don’t want him] to be in on the fun. And I can dig that. But we also have to remember that this country is bigger than our bubble. We all have to figure out a way to laugh at the same thing, at least.
One thing that struck me during Chappelle’s monologue is that he said he’s going to give Trump a chance. Do you agree with that?
I don’t think we have a choice. I think if you say that this guy is unreasonable, it’s weird to also say that there’s nothing he can do to change your mind about that. We have to figure out the kind of people we are. A guy who won a vote in a democratic society—how do we not accept him? This is the system we chose. It’s how we run the show. I remember when Obama won, a bunch of people from certain segments of the country said the same thing. Now the situation is flipped, and we’re doing the same thing. We still have a big enough government where the president can’t just come in and say, “I’m bringing slavery back.” I hope. [Laughs.]
Che is getting ready to premiere his first ever comedy special over at Netflix on Nov. 25th, Michael Che Matters. You can watch the trailer here.
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