HBO’s Home of the Dragon took the notice that its predecessor, Recreation of Thrones, had range points. There are much more Black faces within the forged this time round. However for individuals who say that the present nonetheless isn’t Black sufficient, Dave Chappelle — who hosted Saturday Evening Reside this week — has you coated.
The sketch begins as a easy parody of HotD: Rhaenyra and Daemon Targaryen (Chloe Fineman and Michael Longfellow, respectively) level out the factor about everyone’s title sounding the identical and the positively exhausting quantity of incest within the present. Kenan Thompson enters as Corlys Velaryon and notes how comfy the entire Black individuals on the present are with boats and the ocean — decidedly not a factor in American Black tradition. (Y’know, on account of all of the slavery and the Center Passage?)
About midway via the sketch, although, issues begin going sideways. Silky Johnson and Lovely (Chappelle and Donnell Rawlings) — recurring characters from Chappelle’s Present fake documentary, The Participant Haters’ Ball — enter to trash discuss the whole court docket. That features Gentle-Pores and skin Larry Targaryen (a cameo by Ice-T who sadly, because it’s a filmed sketch, doesn’t present as much as say goodbye on the finish of the present). Two extra of Chappelle’s Present‘s finest — the crack addict Tyrone Biggums and the funk icon Rick James (each performed by Chappelle) — additionally make an look earlier than all of them fly off on dragons. Tyrone utilizing Excessive Valyrian to gentle his pipe is nice, however might they not afford CGI of James slapping a dragon? In all probability not, however hopefully somebody at the very least pitched it within the writers’ room.
It’s attention-grabbing to really feel how SNL adjustments when Chappelle hosts. There are few individuals capable of reshape the present round them after they host. Is there anybody else Lorne Michaels would let introduce sketches the way in which Chappelle does? There are actually “white cringe” sketches when different individuals host, however three (Potato Gap, Heaven Scene and Barber Store Discuss) in an evening? Presumably solely Steve Martin and John Mulaney nonetheless have that inventive weight to throw round.
Elsewhere within the episode, Chappelle focused Kanye West and antisemitism in his monologue, and the present introduced its upcoming host for Dec. 3.
So what did you concentrate on Chappelle’s third stint as host? Grade the episode beneath, then drop some feedback.