Another week and another episode of Saturday Night Live. I have not been this excited about a host in a long time. I am a shameless fan of Louis CK. He is smart, honest and makes the audience uncomfortable. In this venue (live sketch comedy) I was curious to see how he would perform — he writes, directs, produces and acts for his own show, so anyone with that much knowledge and control could have a hard time excelling in this struggling show. I was very pleasantly surprised. Louis CK did a great job. Sure, part of my enjoyment came from that fact that his monologue was not a song.
Enough about how much I love Louis CK, let’s talk about the episode.
The Best of the Night
: This is a prime example of stand-up at its best. As I mentioned earlier, Louis is smart and uncomfortable. If you have not seen him perform before, #1) I am sorry for you, kill yourself immediately and #2) start with this and then proceed to watch everything he has ever done. With racial slurs that can only be described as kind and insults that come across as caring, Louis CK is everything that is right about comedy.
Abe Lincoln: Probably more entertaining for those who have seen the show “Louie,” this is a dark, satirical look at what if Abe Lincoln and Louis CK were the same person. If you have no knowledge of the show, don’t worry, it is still great as a stand-alone sketch. Watch as Abe looks for a “black friend” and argues with his crazy wife. Abe Lincoln does stand up about slavery, his own assassination and the trouble with being President. Brilliant.
Last Call: This was not the best sketch of all time. It is the story for the ages; at last call, two losers are left at the bar and end up flirting. The reason I include it in my list is for the ending. I do not want to ruin it for you, but it is something I will never forget. Truly one for the SNL record books.
: A stupid premise that is done really well. Upon check-out, a man is asked to review the list of in-room charges. Everything is PG, but the charges are outlandish and explained so well you forget that he is being asked if he ordered Argon.
The Worst of the Night
This was a hard category because so much of the show was enjoyable.
Weekend Update: I have been leaving this out because I felt like I was beating a dead horse. This week, though, it stood out as awful because we are only on episode 6 of this season (Season 38 if you care), and we are already recycling characters (The girl you wish you never started a conversation with at a party
. A mouthful and not worth it.)
Australian Screen Legends: Weird. Just. Weird. Love scenes in Australian. I guess I don’t know much Australia, but this seems to be playing off the crass, criminal history of the island nation. Meh.
Mountain Pass: This sketch smacked of the awkward nature of Louis CK. A man on a mission must blow his horn, but it is upsetting the neighbors. There are some flubs with the horn blowing and fantasy name pronunciation that are worth checking out, but overall the sketch is slow (it is hard being the first sketch after “Weekend Update”).
The Musical Guest
fun. I am a little funned out at this point. With the overplaying of “Some Nights” and “We Are Young,” I am ready for either a new single or fun to fizzle out of the spot light forever.
There is something soulful, energetic and complex about the songs; I love to listen to them and enjoy the songs the first 10 times. Then I realize that I can’t understand a word the singer is saying. He slurs his speech and cuts off the end of his words in a glottal swallow. With the hipster trench coat and crotch-hugging jeans, it was fun to watch this band but I do not think I would enjoy sitting through a whole concert with them.
Check out the performances if you must (Carry On” was my favorite) but if you enjoy “Some Nights,” check out the version on The Colbert Report.
Just For Fun
I love the corrections from the “Fox and Friends” sketches, so I have provided them for you.
Transitions lenses do not correct the gender of your eyes
Sandy Duncan did not “sponsor” the hurricane
There are many black people, not just one who is a master of disguise
It is permissible to say the word “Mexican” on television
There is not a celebrity named Rape Romano
Condoms work everyday of the week, not just Tuesdays
Trees do not have bones
There are a finite number of people in China
Chef Boyardee is not the Prime Minister of Italy. He is the Vice President
Paul Ryan is not faster than a cheetah
FEMA is not slang for female
Many Hispanics own their own cars
The Statue of Liberty was not a gift from Santa
At no point has Dorf been the number one golfer in the world
Lance Armstrong did not trade a testicle for steroids
Burritos are not male tacos
The Constitution is a living document but it cannot walk around
Brian Kilmeade did not invent the term “smoke ’em if you got ’em”
Not all pigs are born with human feet
Angela Merkel is not the female version of Steve Urkel
Michael J. Fox does not have “multiple sandwiches”
Apple Maps is not a map showing where the apples are
8 is a multiple of 4
Women’s vaginas are below their waists
“Kris Krostie” is not Christ Christie with his pants on backwards
Afi Komen was never the U.N. Secretary General
Haitian does not mean “half-Asian”
Last Wednesday was Halloween. Not a ghost invasion
Mr. Met has never announced a preference for any religion over the other
Chef Boyardee is not the Vice President of Italy