SNL: So It Turns Out Louis CK Is Kind Of A Dick

I really really wanted to like Louis CK as the host on Saturday Night Live last night, guys. I really really did. I think he’s a super talented guy, and his stand-up makes me laugh audibly on the regular, which is pretty rare for me. Plus the musical guest was Fun., and they had two weeks to prepare since they were on hiatus last week, so it was pretty much the most excited I’ve ever been for an episode. And don’t get me wrong, I actually liked most of his material on last night’s show. But just…well, you’ll see. Follow me on this journey.

His monologue was easily my favorite one of the season so far — they wisely didn’t mess around with any of the singing and dancing nonsense they’ve been so fond of this season, and just let Louie do stand-up. He told a story of helping an old lady in an airport and I looooved it. It was perfect, he wasn’t trying too hard, he was just relaxed and hilarious.

Equally genius was the ‘Lincoln’ sketch, modeled after his show Louie, but as if he was Abraham Lincoln, right down to reproducing the opening video where he comes out of the subway and eats a slice of pizza over the garbage can. It was a great sketch — loved the idea, loved the follow-through. Yes yes yes. I was a happy little lady.

He also had a brief bit in another sketch with Kate McKinnon and Bill Hader with some atrocious Australian accents, but my main beef was with the sketch ‘Mountain Pass’. The sketch itself was weirdly void of humor — to the point that I actually went to Google to see if there was some explanation based on the hurricane, like maybe they wrote it last minute because they didn’t have power or something. But regardless, even though the sketch wasn’t great, Louie was terrible in it. He wouldn’t commit to the scene — when he couldn’t synch up the horn sound with his motion of blowing the horn, he just gave up and mugged oddly for the audience like he didn’t care. At another point, he could remember his line (and couldn’t read it on the cue cards, I guess?), and he actually said the words “uh, the ether something something”. He was looking around at cast members during the scene, and it was super weird and distracting. It was a crappy sketch, but you could see that Louie thought so too, and by acting like he was above it, he really came off as…well, a dick. Sorry about it.

There were two more decent sketches, one called ‘Last Call’ where he licked Kate McKinnon’s face, and one where he played a hotel clerk opposite Bobby Moynihan outlining strange charges on his bill. They were both decent, but I was kind of over it at that point. I don’t know. I get that he’s super funny at his own stuff, but I was disappointed he didn’t try harder on the sketches he didn’t like. Or I at least wish he hadn’t shown me which sketches he didn’t like, by breaking character and giving up during them. I still love you, Louie, but you were kind of a dick last night. Just saying.

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    • Jazzhead

      The only funny thing about that mountain pass sketch was Louis looking all awkward and not giving a crap.

    • Hoobledooble

      How do you know the bad acting wasn’t planned? I thought it was hilarious.

      • BeastMode

        It was funny, SNL is the funniest when it’s ad libbed, and Louis killed it.

    • a

      Louis actually wasn’t being a dick, he has stated in an interview that the writers all hated that sketch and knew it sucked, so he protested in its favor probably for the awkwardness of it.

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    • Sheree Paterson

      Lady, STFU you’re a cunt

    • Val Drooger

      He wasn’t being a dick numbnuts. Louie’s never done live acting before and it’s not as easy as it looks to do it with only a ~week of preparation.

    • Joshua Leclair

      “On the regular” and “Just saying” in the same post. Good stuff.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I’m totes a journalist on the regular, just saying.

    • Fish

      He actually saved the skit. Fred Amisen was absolute shit and made the skit too serious. Kristen Wiig just stood there, annoyingly doing nothing, which brought the skit down to it’s monotone level that you generally see when you’re watching SNL, (you know, the kind of stuff that puts you to sleep.) Louie made it interesting by fucking up, which brought the skit back to a non-serious and therefor non-threatening level, so the audience felt safe in knowing that while Louie was messing up, the skit would not lead to any awkward tension no matter what happened.

      • BeastMode

        If you don’t know Kristin Wig wasn’t even on the show anymore then you need to STFU and go somewhere else.

    • S

      This is a really shitty thing to say when he did the best he could.
      Being in a bad sketch doesn’t make you a dick, but calling someone a dick for it does.

    • Zord

      wtf that was actually a funny sketch

    • louis blows

      Louis is an overrated asshole, i can’t wait until he dissolves back into the ether of nothingness. it’s where his non funny ass belongs. shame on those of you for giving this pos money