We did things a bit differently this week. Instead of the regular quick recap and a few videos, we decided a Louis CK hosted episode of Saturday Night Live needed a little more than that. So join us, please, for a readable, watchable, GIF-able recap of a great SNL episode.
Anticipation was high leading into this episode before Sandy hit. Whole blog posts were written about CK's hosting job when it was announced. He is the biggest comedian working right now. He operates in the Michael Jordan zone. No one can touch him. He is a master of his craft. He has proven himself on the stage and screen: his stand up shows are an event when they're released, and Louie is one of the most highly regarded television show, period. (Notice how I didn't single it out as a comedy.)
It's not every day SNL has a guest like that. Hosts are usually promoting a new movie or TV show, or an album, or they just won a Super Bowl. There are exceptions, but most are duds. They smile to show they're game and happy to be there, and move on to the next thing Sunday morning.
But Sandy changed why we were excited for the show. New York was broken in that storm. Half of Manhattan was in darkness. Staten Island was still a mess, even still on Saturday night. The question became how this New York institution would respond to such a devastating tragedy. Would the city's greatest court jesters rally much the same way Letterman did earlier in the week when he performed for an empty audience? We had high hopes the show would rise to the occasion, the way many New Yorkers did in the days after the storm, and blow us away.