As if the Republican National Convention wasn’t awkward enough already, with all the booing of speakers offstage and crazy Lucifer references, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews had an incredibly awkward exchange with comedians Michael Che and Colin Jost during a live show on the third day of the RNC.
Although Matthews behaved rather oddly throughout the interview, things got really uncomfortable when the host told Che, “I have a theory about being African-American.”
The face Che shoots at Jost after Chris Matthews says he "has a theory about being African American" is priceless pic.twitter.com/7nhcfuPjN8— David Malitz (@malitzd) July 21, 2016
Naturally, Che raised his eyebrows in response to Matthews’ abrupt assertion. However, the "Saturday Night Live" cast member handled the situation quite well. He rested his hand on his chin and asked Matthews to elaborate his theory.
“If you come to a Republican convention and you’re a person of color, you’re told not to bunch,” Matthew said, to which Che agreed to and, with a simple nod, suggested it was time to move the conversation along.
However, Matthews, not one to take a hint or learn from near-misses, went on to remark that Che was a “funny guy” and if he could tell him, “Who is the funniest black guy?”
Again, Che’s expression to the question says it all:
What in the world is going on in this Chris Matthews interview of Michael Che and Colin Jost? pic.twitter.com/vv5vEvBUGj— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) July 21, 2016
“I’m gonna say Cosby so nobody gets mad at you,” Che shot back at him.
But even that reply didn’t deter the clueless host from revisiting the “funniest black guy” bit toward the end.
Watch the complete interview in the video above.