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Louis C.K. Hosts a Better than Average "Saturday Night Live," But Delivers The Best Sketch of the Season

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | November 4, 2012 | Comments ()


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Last night's Louis C.K. hosted "Saturday Night Live" was both a confirmation and a defiance of my worst fears. I had worries that "SNL" would be a drag on arguably the funniest guy in America, and that he would feel oversized on a sketch show. The last half of the show largely confirmed that: With the exception of one weird, gross, but hilarious kiss in the final sketch of the night, the last three sketches were typically bad late-episode skits that any host could've bombed in just as well as Louis. However, the front half of the episode was absolutely brilliant, and regardless of how poorly he was utilized in the latter sketches, Louis' monologue and, especially, his "Lincoln" sketch made the whole thing brilliantly worthwhile. In fact, the "Lincoln" sketch was the best of the entire season.

The Cold Open, which featured Michael Bloomberg and Chris Christie -- along with the sign language interpreters -- was an amusing send up of Bloomberg detachment, of Christie's adoration of Obama, and of white people problems. I hope like hell Chris Christie runs for President in 2016 just because he's going to be an amazingly fun person to satirize on "SNL."

The Louis stand-up routine as monologue was a little odd at first -- it sounded like a "Seinfeld" bit -- but as soon as he followed the trail to its logical conclusion -- being sexually attracted to elderly women -- it felt like home. It's strange to see Louis C.K. in a good mood after the downer fourth season of his show, and I will say, a Louis C.K. monologue without a reference to masturbation is kind of like baked mac and cheese without breadcrumbs.

Meanwhile, on the always brilliant Fox and Friends sketch, Fox news blames Obama for Hurricane Sandy. Sudeikis' Trump impersonation is yet another reason why we're going to miss the hell out of Sudeikis if, as rumored, he leaves in January. Make sure and pause the Fox and Friends corrections: They're all so good, it's impossible to pick a best one (Oh, OKAY: "The Statute of Liberty was not a gift from Santa.")

... and here is the first and only truly Louis C.K. sketch of the night, and it is brilliant. Louis as Lincoln in a version of "Louie." Best sketch of the season.

Weekend Update was heavy on Hurricane Sandy jokes, but all in all, solidly funny.

Jason Sudeikis also showed up as Mitt Romney on "Weekend Update," and he was, as usual, great and for my money, the only positive of a Romney administration.

I hate The Girl At a Party You Shouldn't Have Started a Conversation With only because it is so deadly accurate.

Finally, here's Last Call, a not great sketch made much better by that really gross, really funny tongue bath that Louis C.K. gives Kate McKinnon.

NBC also sent us a dress rehearsal version of the "Lincoln" sketch, but it's not working for me. Maybe you'll have better luck.



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  • AsdffAnon

    I didn't like the Lincoln sketch at all. It made the black guys seem like total jags.

  • Austie

    The monologue was a bit he used in his new stand up routine. I felt really cool knowing that. My life isn't that exciting. Also, it was funnier on snl than in person from my nose bleeds seats.

  • denesteak

    I'm really depressed that NBC only shows videos in the US or Canada. This is becoming a real issue!

  • Pentadactyl

    I'll be the sole hold out and say 'did not like'. Haven't had the opportunity to see Louis CK outside of this, so can't comment as to whether the show was a drag on him. All I can say is that, from where I'm standing, they didn't mix well. Lincoln was marginally better than the rest of it, but not by much. And the monolog didn't even get a smile, let alone a laugh, out of me.

    The only good thing I have to say is that the new cast members all seem strong.

  • Steve Ward

    I didn't mind the hornblower sketch, either. But maybe that was just because Louis kept mis-timing the horn sound effect, and replaced a forgotten line with "something", and plowed on without giving a shit. Hell, even the hotel sketch worked for me.

  • John G.

    I think the last call sketch was funny. It hit a little too close to home for me, but still funny. And I think it had Louis' voice all over it. Think of how many last call hookups he's seen as a comic.

    And the Australian awards show had me falling out of my chair. (australian accent) "look at ya' bonah"

    "Yeah, I 'ave a bonah".

  • no one

    Holy crap, The
    Girl At a Party You Shouldn’t Have Started a Conversation With is funny. More please.

  • Felicia

    The Lincoln sketch was probably one of the best things I've ever seen in my whole life.

  • Jezzer

    My favorite part was the theme song. Brilliant!

  • barlowjk

    "Seth, can I sing a negro spiritual real quick?"

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I was really hoping that was going to be from the Romney clip.

  • Javier

    apparently the Lincoln sketch was written by Seth Meyers, so...there's that

  • AudioSuede

    I know most people probably hated the Zog sketch, but I can't lie, it had me in stitches. But yeah, nothing tops "Lincoln." That's one of the most ingenious sketches they've ever done.

  • AudioSuede
  • celery

    Gahhhhh I wish those clips would play in France.

  • Guest

    Et Canada.

  • Javier

    and any non-US country

  • pinkerton80

    Kate McKinnon is the bees knees.

  • e jerry powell

    Hopefully one day Lorne will be convinced to have Julie Goldman on to double the lesbian hilarity. Kate and Julie are riotous together.

  • linnyloo

    I liked the bit on Australian Film. I think I just really enjoy Kate McKinnon. And the "Piranhas with AIDS, which I call Parades" line from Fox and Friends made me hoot out loud.

  • AudioSuede

    Agreed, Kate McKinnon killed in that sketch.

  • Sean

    She seems to kill in every sketch.

  • Gavin Smith

    It happened! That was funny.

  • F Robert

    When Louis came out for the monologue in a black t-shirt I knew it was going to be good.

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