Comedian Dave Chappelle blasts 'woke' SNL cast who snubbed Elon Musk


Daily Mail 10 May, 2021 - 12:12pm 34 views

What did Elon Musk do on SNL?

Musk, the billionaire chief executive of Tesla and founder of SpaceX, appeared in several “S.N.L.” sketches this weekend, playing characters that included a doctor at a hospital that caters to Generation Z patients, the producer of an Icelandic TV talk show and the video game villain Wario. The New York TimesS.N.L. Review: Elon Musk Says He Has Asperger’s, Pokes Fun at Dogecoin

Is Elon Musk hosting SNL?

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Elon Musk made his debut on Saturday Night Live when he served as host on May 8, alongside musical guest Miley Cyrus.

In the weeks leading to his appearance on the famed sketch comedy series, several of the so-called 'woke' generation of the SNL cast were apparently upset over his hiring and proceeded to take shots at the Tesla CEO on social media.

Never one to shy away from a topical subject, comedian Dave Chappelle revealed he was somewhat perplexed over all the fuss of Musk being on SNL, during an appearance on the popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience.  

Dave Chappelle weighed-in on the backlash following the announcement that Elon Musk would be hosting Saturday Night Live for the first time on May 8

Taking on woke: During an appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience, Chappelle agreed with Rogan that 'no one can be woke enough,' when discussing the SNL backlash to Musk

During their more than three-hour conversation, Chappelle and Rogan tackled a wide array of subjects including cancel culture, the COVID-19 pandemic, gay rights, the post-Trump America, and how Idris Elba used to sell Chappelle weed back when he was security guard at a comedy club many years ago.    

Once they got to the subject of Musk, Rogan shared high praise for the SpaceX founder, calling him one of the 'most brilliant' people ever.

Rogan then attributed the SNL backlash over Musk for him not being 'woke enough' for some people's own personal liking. 

No loss for words: The acclaimed stand-up star suggested he understood why some people were put off by Musk, but proceeded to be critical of the woke movement of recent years

Props for Musk: Rogan shared high praise for Musk, calling him one of the 'most brilliant' people ever during Friday's podcast on Spotify

'Like you said, no one can be woke enough,' Chappelle chimed in during the podcast while also calling Musk 'incredibly kind.'

The acclaimed stand-up star suggested he understood why some people were put off by Musk but, like Rogan, he too became critical of the woke movement of recent years.

'I'm torn, because I like a warrior for a good cause, but I'm really into tactics. You're not gonna nag people into behaving,' he added, in a reference to wokeness and cancel culture.

'In fact, if you continue with this tone, even if you're right, you'll be very hard to hear.' 

Pals: Joe Rogan, Dave Chappelle, Elon Musk, and Grimes pictured in January 2021

A magnate: Musk, who is among the richest people in the world, has been the subject of criticism due to his sometimes unorthodox, or unscientific stances, and highly publicized controversies over the years

Out of this world: Musk is a business magnate, industrial designer, and engineer, who's best known to many people for being the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla

It turns out Chappelle has more than one encounter with Musk over the years.

'I teased him about being the richest man on earth, and he took it with good humor,' Chappelle, 47, recalled of one meeting.

'What's funny, I had hung out with him years ago, after I quit Chappelle's Show...we hung out on a tour bus, and he says to me that night … "I met you before." I'm like, "Well, I have no recollection." He looked kinda hurt.'  

Chappelle has appeared on Saturday Night Live three times: twice as a host and once as a guest, beginning in 2016. 

Masked up: Musk shared the spotlight on May 8 with musical guest Miley Cyrus; the duo are pictured in a promo with SNL star Cecily Strong

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Dave Chappelle says he “used to buy weed” off Idris Elba 10 May, 2021 - 01:06pm

Comedian Dave Chappelle has appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience, where he admitted he used to buy marijuana off Idris Elba back in the day.

The episode, which was made available last Saturday (May 8), saw Chappelle deep dive into topics like Elon Musk hosting SNL, gay rights, cancel culture and the current coronavirus pandemic. Listen to the episode below:

At one point during the three-hour podcast, Chappelle began talking about the importance of treating service people with kindness, as you’ll never know how their life will turn out. He then used the Avengers actor as an example.

“Idris Elba, the famous actor, used to be a security guard at [comedy club] Caroline’s… I used to buy weed from him,” he confessed.

Chappelle and Rogan also discussed the recent controversy surrounding Elon Musk hosting Saturday Night Live: “No one is woke enough,” Rogan said. “They can’t appreciate the fact that you’re dealing with one of the most brilliant men that’s ever lived.”

To which Chappelle responded with a story of meeting the Tesla CEO and teasing him “about being the richest man on earth”.

“He took it with good humour,” Chappelle added.

Just last month, Dave Chappelle announced he would be launching his own podcast, titled The Midnight Miracle. The show will feature fellow co-hosts Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey, and is set to comprise of sketches, impersonations, archival audio clips, guest interviews and conversations.

The show is said to “provide a glimpse into a very interesting season in the lives of the three hosts and their friends, and features guests from among the country’s most influential cultural icons”.

Chappelle spoke of The Midnight Miracle in a statement, saying making a podcast wasn’t the “obvious” next choice but it will give listeners “a look into how me and my friends process the world around us”.

“I think it will change the way listeners think of what a podcast can be,” he added.

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Dave Chappelle says backlash to Elon Musk’s Saturday Night Live appearance is ‘puzzling’

The Independent 10 May, 2021 - 01:06pm

Musk, a controversial figure known for his outspoken social media posts, hosted the long-running US sketch show during last week’s episode (8 May).

Chappelle, a previous SNL host himself, discussed the backlash around Musk’s appointment during an appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, recorded before the episode aired.

“No one is woke enough,” said Rogan, adding that critics of the episode “can’t appreciate the fact that you’re dealing with literally one of the most brilliant men that’s ever lived that’s gonna come do your show”.

Chappelle responded by saying that he found the backlash “puzzling”.

“Again like you say, no one can be woke enough,” he said. “I’m torn because I like a warrior for a good cause but I’m really into tactics.

“You’re not gonna nag people into behaving in a way that’s – in fact, if you continue with this tone, even if you’re right, you’ll be very hard to hear.”

Viewers were divided by Musk’s appearance on the show, which saw the Tesla founder dress up as Nintendo character Wario for a sketch, and speak for the first time publicly about having Asperger syndrome.

Musk claimed he was the first person on the autism spectrum to host the show, although this is incorrect: comedian and Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd hosted in 2003, and has spoken subsequently about his diagnosis.

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The comedian revealed why he chose to walk away from a $50 million USD deal to continue Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central and instead, set off to South Africa. Chappelle told Rogan, “If I had taken that money and finished the show, I would’ve gotten the money, but might’ve never been the same.” He added, “The way people close to you react to it, like I… failed or ruined my life. And, you know, when you’re cold, that phone don’t ring that often, and I had over a decade of sitting in that choice but I didn’t languish in that experience. I started doing stand-up for much better reasons than making it.”

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Elon Musk's 'SNL' Blasts Off With a 33% Jump in Early TV Ratings

TheWrap 09 May, 2021 - 12:07pm

Turns out, Elon Musk at the forefront is good for business. Who knew? (OK, so Tesla knew.)

The Tesla and SpaceX frontman’s “SNL” hosting debut tied (with Adele on Oct. 24, 2020) for the third-highest episode this season with a 4.8 rating in household numbers, according to Nielsen. “Households” are the earliest available data from the TV ratings currency company.

That initial number marks a 33.3% increase over the past three original “Saturday Night Live” Season 46 episodes — March 27 hosted by Maya Rudolph, April 3 hosted by Daniel Kaluuya and April 10 hosted by Carey Mulligan — which each had a 3.6 household rating.

The season-high came from the Election Week “SNL,” when Dave Chappelle emceed the show to a 5.7 household rating. The Oct. 3, 2020 Season 46 premiere, hosted by Chris Rock, got a 5.4. Those rankings remain the same in later, more stable Nielsen numbers. So far, “SNL” is enjoying its most-watched season in four years with two episodes left to air.

Nielsen’s household numbers come from 44 markets. In what the company calls “local people meters,” Musk’s “Saturday Night Live” debut nabbed a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49, which is generally considered the most important demographic for advertisers on entertainment programming. The local people meters metric counts 25 media markets.

That 2.7 makes it the third-highest-rated episode of Season 46, outright, in the key demo. And this is a (comparatively, relatively) high-rated season.

Election years are always highly rated for Lorne Michaels’ sketch-comedy staple, and 2020 was no exception. Unsurprisingly, “Saturday Night Live” is enjoying its most-watched season in four years — since the time Donald Trump actually won (vs. the time he swore he won but definitely did not). “SNL” is the highest-rated comedy on television this season among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen, counting one week of delayed viewing. (It ranks No. 2 in total viewers behind CBS’ “Young Sheldon.”)

Musk’s musical guest was Miley Cyrus, her sixth time performing that task for the show. Keegan-Michael Key and Anya Taylor-Joy will host the final two episodes of the season.

“Saturday Night Live” is produced in association with Broadway Video. The creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels. 

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