Donald Trump winning the presidential election ended up depriving many people of something they’ve been clamoring for: Dave Chappelle reprising his Rick James impression.
Daily Show writer Neal Brennan revealed in an interview on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show that he and Saturday Night Live cast member Michael Che wrote a Rick James sketch for Chappelle, who was hosting SNL‘s first post-election episode, on Election Night. However, the former Celebrity Apprentice host’s victory forced them to scrap the entire bit.
“Michael Che and I wrote a sketch at 9 [p.m. on Election Night]. It was going to be a Rick James Weekend Update piece about how he was glad that Bill Clinton — I’m sorry, Donald Trump, lost,” explained Brennan. “Then, he won. So, me and Che and had to rewrite that sketch. We ended up not doing it.”
However, Trump’s win led to the hilarious “Election Night” sketch, which featured Chappelle and Chris Rock mocking their white liberal friends as they watched returns come in and slowly realized that Hillary Clinton was going to lose the election. Brennan explains that sketch was inspired by the conversations that went on backstage at SNL on Nov. 8 as they watched the results.
“Then, Wednesday morning, Colin [Jost] and I wrote that Election Night sketch just in a rush of, ‘We should probably make fun of last night, like the evolution of how that night happened, of this slow realization,” said Brennan, adding that they wrote it in about an hour and a half.
You can listen to Brennan’s entire interview on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show below.