SNL's Louis C.K. Episode: 5 Best Scenes

[In an otherwise somewhat uneven episode, Louis C.K. performed best as himself—doing a straightforward standup routine for the monologue, and ingeniously spoofing his own show in a pre-taped segment. Before airtime, he issued a note describing the surreal experience of putting the episode together in post-Sandy New York (with many on SNL's staff without power and bringing their kids to work). Despite the looming election, there were no surprise political cameos. Musical guest Fun performed "Some Nights" and "Carry On."]

Some highlights...

Abraham Lincoln (Louis C.K.) rides the subway, picks up takeout pizza, and does standup in Lincoln (starring Lincoln, edited by Lincoln, teleplay by Lincoln...)

Cold open—Hyper-expressive sign language interpreter Lydia Callis (Cecily Strong) brings "pizzaz" to Mayor Bloomberg's post-hurricane press conference, in which he asks New York's Spanish-speakers to be tolerant of Internet-deprived white people.

Elsewhere—Lydia Callis's Face For NYC Mayor Tumblr page

Fox & Friends—Donald Trump (Jason Sudeikis) drops by to warn of Obama's rumored ties to such international terrorists as The Riddler and Abu Nazir; hosts Steve Doocy (Taran Killam), Gretchen Carlson (Vanessa Bayer), and Brian Kilmeade (Bobby Moynihan) ask FEMA official Louis C.K. for hurricane tips. (Afterwards, a few factchecking corrections are in order...)

"The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party" (Cecily Strong) drops by Weekend Update to talk politics and Hurricane Sandy.

Mitt Romney (Jason Sudeikis) drops by Weekend Update to make his final appeal to voters. ("Nothing I've said in the past should be any indication of my positions in the future...")

Also: Bobby Moynihan has some Monty Python-esque trouble closing out his hotel bill with clerk Louis C.K. ("62 cubic meters of argon: that's $65." "I didn't get any argon." "It's a colorless, odorless gas. How can you be sure?..."); Social media critic Kourtney Barnes (Aidy Bryant) drops by Weekend Update to explain the Twitterverse's take on Election 2012; Eccentric barflies Louis C.K. and Kate McKinnon hook up at closing time.

NEXT, on November 10: Anne Hathaway, with musical guest Rihanna.

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