True Story: I am posting clips from SNL at 2 a.m. in the morning because I had no idea that tonight’s episode was new. They’ve been airing reruns for so long that I simply forgot the show was coming back. What was I doing instead? Ironically, watching Louis C.K.’s new Netflix special. It’s fantastic; a tight, funny, brilliant hour of comedy that begins with a yikes-y 20-minute bit on abortion.
So, it was something of a comedown after the Netflix special aired and I checked the Internet, noticed that Louis C.K. was on SNL and quickly watched the monologue to find that, instead of starting his set with a bit on abortion, it’s a “Why did the chicken cross the road?” joke.
Louis being Louis, however, he managed to find the perfect angle on the joke and extend his bit on animals for the first five minutes of the set. The monologue is good — not nearly as good at the Netflix special — but it’s good. I also noticed in both his SNL stint and on his Netflix special that Louis’ disposition has changed since his last special. He seems more upbeat, and he’s lost the Stephen Wright sigh, the edge of despair that we’ve become accustomed to. It’s a weird change, but not an unwelcome one. The suit works, too.