Dave Chappelle has had quite a year following the presidential election. He was the first person to host Saturday Night Live after Donald Trump was elected, released two stand up specials on Netflix worth $60 million (a third is coming later), and is doing a 16-day residency tour at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Naturally, Chappelle went on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert to reflect on his infamous SNL monologue, which earned an Emmy nomination. Colbert asked about Chappelle imploring the audience and viewers at home “to give [Trump] a chance,” and whether he’s run out of chances since he’s been in office.
“It’s not like I wanted to give him a chance that night,” Chappelle said to the crowd laughing.
Colbert replied, “I’m not saying it’s a bad thing. I’m not criticizing that you said that. I think it’s a really good impulse. But how do you feel about the guy now?”
“In the last six months, I think we’re all getting an education about the presidency,” Chappelle responded. “I don’t know that I’ve ever heard in just popular discourse people discussing ethics this much. And I didn’t even realize how ethics were necessarily supposed to work at that level of government, and he’s putting all this stuff at the forefront.”
“Well, nobody really talked about oxygen until someone’s got their hands around your throat,” Colbert retorted.
“But if you remember in that monologue, […] I contextualized because I feel like a lot of white Americans finally got to see what an election night looks like for many black Americans every cycle,” Chappelle said, noting that the shock of the election showed just how effective Obama’s presidency was.
Chappelle continued to say that Donald Trump is making more informed and better voters, before saying, “He’s a polarizing dude. He’s like a bad DJ at a good party.”
Watch an excerpt of the segment below: