Sunday, April 14, 2024

First Promo for Dave Chappelle Hosting “SNL” Strangely Devoid of Nearly All Cast Members


How excited is the cast of “SNL” about Dave Chappelle hosting this weekend?

Not a lot, I’d say.

The first promo for Chappelle’s appearance came on Monday and it was just clips. The second one just dropped and it’s mostly Chappelle with a little bit of Kenan Thompson– wearing a gigantic cross — at the end.

There’s no sign of this week’s musical guests — Black Star — or any of the cast. Usually we’d see Cecily Strong or someone — what about Ego Nwodim? — Alas, no one.

Chappelle is a controversial figure in any situation. But following the elections this week, which beg a sketch about Herschel Walker, who knows what’s going on?

PS Heidi Gardner, who should be at work on Thursday night, tomorrow night, is on stage at New York’s 92nd St Y interviewing former cast member Melissa Villasenor. That may be the hottest ticket of the week.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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