Comedian Dave Chappelle recently appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast, where they discussed Saturday Night Live and decried “woke” culture.
Their conversation in “The Joe Rogan Experience” was sparked by Elon Musk’s SNL episode, which was criticized by viewers and critics.
Some SNL cast members also expressed their irritation with the decision to have Musk, the billionaire CEO of electric car-maker Tesla, on the show, tweeting and posting messages against it.
The outcry was such that it prompted the show’s representatives to make it clear that cast members didn’t have to share the stage with Musk if they didn’t want to.
“The new cast are getting a little too big for their britches,” said an industry source.
“They can tweet and do whatever they want on social media … they weren’t told to take down their messages.”
“No one is woke enough to host SNL,” said Rogan.
“They don’t, they can’t appreciate the fact that you’re dealing with literally one of the most brilliant men that’s ever lived that’s gonna come do your show.”
“Again like you say no one can be woke enough,” Chappelle said. “I’m torn because I like a warrior for a good cause but I’m really into tactics.”
“You’re not gonna nag people into behaving in a way that’s — in fact, if you continue with this tone, even if you’re right, you’ll be very hard to hear.”
Chappelle then discussed his experience meeting Musk.
“I teased him about being the richest man in the world,” Chappelle told Rogan. “He took it with good humor.”
He also said that he’d met Musk years before and he didn’t remember him.
Musk’s high ratings
“What’s funny, I had hung out with him years ago, after I quit ‘Chappelle’s Show’…we hung out on a tour bus, and he said to me that night … ‘I met you before.’ I’m like, ‘Well, I have no recollection.’ He looked kinda hurt,” said Chappelle.
Musk’s SNL episode, which aired this past Sunday, had one of the highest ratings of the show’s season.
It was the third most-watched episode of the season, following Dave Chappelle himself and former SNL star Chris Rock.
For the first time ever, the Musk episode was live-streamed on YouTube to more than 100 countries.