Jerrod Carmichael hosts ‘SNL,’ references coming out, new special, and Oscars slap

Carmichael's comedy special 'Rothaniel' dropped on HBO Max this week but on 'SNL' he managed to talk about the slap without explicitly revealing the details

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Jerrod Carmichael is having quite the week. Fresh off his acclaimed comedy special on HBO, Rothaniel, the performer recently hosted Saturday Night Live. In his opening monologue, he addressed (or didn’t address) current events like the Oscars slap and recently coming out.

While even this Sunday’s Grammy awards couldn’t resist referencing the now-infamous altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock, Carmichael, when hosting SNL, did not want to talk about it at all and let the audience know exactly that in a comedic way.

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Jerrod Carmichael performs on April 28, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation)

Referencing the Oscars moment at the top of his monologue, Carmicheal told the audience, “I’ve got a question…do you want to talk about it? Aren’t you sick of talking about it? Isn’t it kind of crazy? It feels like I’ve been talking about it for so long.” He continued, “Doesn’t it feel like it happened years ago? Like, doesn’t it feel like it happened when we were all in high school?”

In his monologue, he never said the words, “Oscars” or “Chris Rock” or “Will Smith,” referring to it all as, “it.” He continued, “It feels like we’ve been living in the wake of it our entire lives. It happened on Sunday! On Sunday!”

After getting cheers from the crowd when he talked about revealing his sexuality on his comedy special, Carmichael quipped that the support was “an expected response” in New York.

“It’s actually why I live here. If you say you’re gay in New York, you can ride the bus for free and people just give you pizza,” he joked. “Honestly, if you’re gay in New York, you get to host Saturday Night Live. This is the gayest thing you could possibly do. Like, I came out right onto the stage. We’re basically in an Andy Warhol fever dream right now.”

As theGrio previously reported, Carmichael’s new special has received rave reviews. In the show, he says, “I never thought I’d come out. I didn’t think I’d ever, ever, ever come out. Probably at many points, I thought I’d rather die than confront the truth of that, to actually say it to people. Because I know it changes people’s — some people — it changes their perception of me. I can’t control that.”

Watch the trailer for Rothaniel, available to stream now on HBO Max, below:

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