Saturday Night Live isn’t always the cultural and comedy guiding light that it used to be, but the long-running sketch show still managed to make a splash every now and then.
Even those who routinely can’t be bothered to stay up to watch the show should circle November 12 on their calendar. And maybe pencil in an afternoon nap, because the show announced two very big guests today. Dave Chappelle will host, while A Tribe Called Quest will be a the musical guest.
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) November 4, 2016
Chappelle was once on top of the comedy world, as his sketch show on Comedy Central was both highly offensive and brilliantly funny. He signed a multi-million dollar deal for more seasons, but bolted halfway through filming the third season, citing stress, pressure, and… well, we’re not sure. Most people figured he just kinda snapped.
Chappelle hasn’t really appeared on TV or film since, although he has continued to do stand up comedy shows around the country. The fact that Chappelle is returning to television on a show like SNL, which features sketch comedy bits similar to those on The Chapelle Show, makes the Nov. 12 episode must-see-TV.
The return of one of the funniest people in comedy isn’t the only coup that SNL pulled off for next weekend. Hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest will also be making their SNL debuts as the musical guest. They have a new album, We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service, coming out the day before their appearance on the show. They have announced it will be their last, as founding group member Phife Dawg (real name: Malik Taylor) passed away earlier in 2016.