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Dave Chappelle brought back his iconic ‘Chappelle Show’ characters on ‘SNL’

It's been a decade since we've seen these characters, and how we missed them.


Josh Katzowitz


Published Nov 13, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 2:35 pm CDT

Before Saturday Night Live kicked off with an impressive cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and a poignant monologue, the chances of seeing host Dave Chappelle bring back any of his iconic characters from the Chappelle Show seemed remote.

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He even mentioned during a brief lead-in to the sketch below that he hadn’t planned on bringing any of those characters back to life. But he also said that after watching a recent episode of the The Walking Dead, he was so distraught that he had to make his own homage. So, he mashed up The Walking Dead with a few of his best-known Chappelle Show characters, including Tyrone Biggums, Lil Jon, Silky Johnson, and Clayton Bigsby.

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This was the result. 

Hopefully getting to play all of his old characters for the first time since his show went off the air in 2006 provided a little bit of closure for Chappelle after what apparently was a crushing episode of his favorite zombie show.  

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*First Published: Nov 13, 2016, 1:13 pm CST