‘Saturday Night Live’ Clips & Recap: Host Louis C.K.

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:23 am,

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Bringing a stand-up comic to Saturday Night Live is exciting, but it’s definitely a risk. There’s no telling whether the comedian’s known style will fit in with the cast or if that particular performer will fit as well in sketch comedy as they do stand-up comedy. They are two very different arenas.

The result with Louis C.K., easily one of the best working comedians in the business right now, was certainly a mixed bag, but still had an ample amount of funny. Check out our recap of the best, worst and weirdest sketches with the Emmy winner below.

The Best

The Monologue – When a stand-up comedian comes to SNL, you can expect their monologue to basically be 5-minutes of stand-up material. This was no different with Louis C.K and the most interesting aspect is that he opted to use a handheld microphone for the bit, likely because it just feels more natural for him. Frankly, it’d probably be weird to see him without a mic in his hand after seeing him do the same thing on Louie with his stand-up act and various specials. Basically, if you like Louis C.K., this was just what the doctor ordered.

Lincoln – This was no doubt the best sketch of the entire night, but that’s not surprising with Louis C.K. parodying his own show Louie. Basically taking his TV personality and transferring it to Abraham Lincoln (including stand-up bits about slavery and his wife), this sketch was perfect. From the replicated title sequence, giving Abraham Lincoln credit for everything from editing to directing, I would almost want to see a whole episode in this style.

Weekend Update – With all the headlines from Hurricane Sandy and only a few days until the election, there was plenty of prime material for Weekend Update – from Aidy Bryant making a splash as a “social media expert” to Cecily Strong (above) as The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation with at a Party (a character that originally showed up during one of the Weekend Update Thursday specials a few weeks ago). Check out the rest of the Weekend Update segment right here.

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The Worst

Mountain Pass - It was pretty clear Louis C.K. was not interested in this sketch. Aside from being visually exasperated by the missed timing of the horn sound, he completely flubbed one of the lines from his cue cards, and didn’t even try to cover it up with an improvised substitution. Most of the laughs only came from the obvious mistakes in the sketch as it was clearly not as funny as the team had thought. Though, Bobby Moynihan with hoof hands needs to come back at some point for something better.

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The Weird

Last Call – The 10-to-1 sketch again proved to be the weirdest, but also one of the best of the night. Kate McKinnon had the best rapport with Louis C.K. of any of the cast members, and she continues to be one of the best new additions to the cast. These kind of bar sketches almost always end up in this slot for SNL, and while some don’t land, this one was near perfect. I’ve haven’t seen kissing that good in a long time.

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The Host

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Louis C.K. – The comedian was most comfortable when allowed to act like himself. The monologue worked great because it was just Louis C.K. doing stand-up, and Lincoln was the best for him since it was a parody of his own show. Otherwise, much of what Louis C.K. provided felt awkward. It’s very obvious that he’s not very comfortable performing sketch comedy – or skits written by someone else. Perhaps that’s why Louie feels so genuine and works so well. It wasn’t a terrible night but we’ve certainly seen much better.

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The MVP

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Kate McKinnon – Yes, she’s done it again. Kate McKinnon is becoming a perfect blend of Kristen Wiig, Cheri Oteri and Maya Rudolph. Her voices, impressions and body language just cause her to disappear into every sketch. She only really had a lot to do in the Last Call (above) and Australian Screen Legends (a sketch that wasn’t good, bad or weird enough to make our list), but those two sketches made her the best cast member of the night. Cecily Strong would have had it this week – if all of her sketches were as strong as McKinnon’s two best sketches.

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The Final Word

It wasn’t the best episode of the season, and while my initial reaction would be a small amount of disappointment, sketch comedy has never been Louis C.K.’s strong suit, so I’m pleased with this average episode. As stated above, the best sketches came from Louis C.K. doing what he already does well, but the cast and featured players helped pad out the rest of the episode and gave him something to have fun with for the most part.

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Coming Soon

November 10th – Anne Hathaway hosts with musical guest Rihanna

November 17th – Jeremy Renner hosts with musical guest Maroon 5

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Saturday Night Live airs live on Saturday nights at 11:30pm on NBC.

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  1. The mountain pass sketch was incredibly lame. I was watching it waiting for it to get funny…. only it never did.

  2. After the Mountain Pass skit, i was left in shock. How can a skit like that even be made. They had to of known how unfunny it was, but it also must of took a long time to make those costumes and set. Maybe they had them lying around and felt bad that they were just gonna throw it away next week so they put something together last minute. Idk

    overall, i liked Louis on the show. It definately changed the style of the show alittle and the calm Louis was able to go head to head with the exaggerated style of SNL. It was a uniquely fresh break for the regular format. The episode seemed more relaxed than usual.

  3. Can we all take a second and appreciate how they were able to put on a live 90-minute show (not including all of the other skits they write and then cut to fit their allotted time) all in the midst of the largest recorded hurricane to appear on the Atlantic coast? It’s amazing how there was only one skit that didn’t meet your high expectations.

    • Oh, absolutely. I was surprised they were still going on with the show after the hurricane. This caliber of a show under the circumstances is certainly admirable.

  4. I love these SNL recaps! Completely agree with everything. I was very interested to see how Louis CK would do since he seems to be a bit of a perfectionist or control freak(not in a bad way) since he directs, writes, and even edits his own show. His monologue was easily the best bit and unfortunately I think every other skit fell a bit flat. I certainly think Louie is capable of doing good skits, the writing just isn’t consistent. Agree on the MVP too, I’m loving McKinnon! I can’t wait to see how Jeremy Renner does in the coming weeks, I was surprised to hear he would be hosting! :)

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