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.
Chappelle and Tribe will appear on SNL on November 12, following this week's episode hosted by Benedict Cumberbatch and Solange. Could he pull out old favorites? A Prince tribute? Clayton Bigsby, black white supremacist in the age of Trump? We'd probably be fine with an hour-long monologue. Chappelle is back, and it's exactly what we need right now.