In the days leading up to Dave Chappelle’s episode of “Saturday Night Live,” people were wondering if Chappelle would revive any of his characters from his beloved sketch series “Chappelle’s Show.” The comedian hadn’t planned on it at first, but then he saw the recent episode of “The Walking Dead” in which Negan kills Glenn and Abraham with a barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat and changed his mind.
In the sketch, Chappelle plays Negan as he walks up and down a line of people deciding whom he should kill. The potential victims turn out to be some of the most famous characters from “Chappelle’s Show”: crack addict Tyrone Biggums, player haters Silky Johnson and Beautiful, played by Donnell Rawlings, white news anchor Chuck Taylor, Chappelle’s impression of rapper Lil Jon and finally black white supremacist Clayton Bigsby, who dons a “Make America Great Again” hat. Watch the sketch below.
By the end, Negan decapitates Tyrone Biggums, but Biggums’ head delivers a message of hope in the face of national division: “That is how we as a nation begin to heal, through laughing together,” he says. “For even though our country seems irrevocably severed like a man from his head, let my example prove that we should continue to move forward. Let us see ourselves in one another, for only empathy can conquer hate.”
“Saturday Night Live” airs Saturday nights at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC. The complete series of “Chappelle’s Show” is available to watch on Hulu.