Comedians have been rough on President Donald Trump, and there are very few out there who give the man a fair shake.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Dave Chappelle said that while it’s nice to see legends like Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and Jon Stewart back on the stand up circuit, “the whole Trump thing makes it harder for comedians.”
“[Trump]’s so skewed, it’s hard to find an angle that sounds fresh,” Chappelle said. “If you talk about him, it’s almost like you’re part of the chorus and not a soloist.”
The 43-year-old comedian even shared his experience working with the writers of Saturday Night Live on election night, as he was scheduled to host on the first episode following the election.
“We were all in the writers’ room, and as the night went on, and Trump was picking up these Electoral [College] votes, everyone stopped writing.” Chappelle recalled. “And then everyone was just staring at the TV. I saw people tear up sketches they were writing. They’d assumed Hillary was going to win. Now there was essentially no show on Saturday. It was like the wind got knocked out of the writers’ room. I was really worried.”
He continued to say that some of the best advice he received going into the show was from a fellow beloved comedian in the industry.
“I went to a comedy club Friday night [before the show] and saw him. And Louis [C.K.] told me: “[Forget] the rest of the show. The monologue is all that matters.” I was stressed out all that day. But right before I went onstage, this calm just washed over me. Everything just felt right.”
Chappelle went on to deliver one of the most memorable SNL monologues in front of fractured nation that was equal parts fear, but equal parts hopeful.
Netflix is scheduled to release three Chappelle comedy specials this year, two of which will be released on March 21st. He’ll reportedly make $60 million from those specials from the streaming giant.
Watch a trailer to those specials below: