Chappelle has assumed an enigmatic role in the comedy landscape over the last few years. After rising to stardom with the legendary Chappelle's Show -- all streaming on Hulu, if you're unfamiliar and, ahem, not a complete person -- the comedian became a tabloid sensation when he walked away from a $50 million contract halfway through Season 3. Chappelle later returned to stand-up, popping up unannounced in comedy clubs across the country. In zero-bullshit mode -- he didn't deal with hecklers all that well in a 2015 show (that started two hours late) -- Chappelle is comparable to the likes of Kanye in being artfully aware and a titan of his craft. SNL will be his biggest mark on the mainstream in years.
Joining Dave Chappelle will be the heralded rap trio A Tribe Called Quest. A Tribe Called Quest recently opened for Kanye's Yeezus Tour when the road show hit Brooklyn. No surprise -- Chappelle was in attendance. This is a match made in hip-hop heaven.