Monday, May 18, 2015

Saturday Night Live Finishes Season 40 Strongly with Louis C.K.

I've mentioned before that it's kind of odd that Saturday Night Live generally seems to get strongest right at the end of a season, and then starts the next one kind of flopping. Over the summer, when you'd think they'd be storing up primo material, more often they seem like a bunch of school kids who forget everything they learned the previous year. Of course, they tend to lose several cast members either at the end of the previous season, or over the course of the break, so they're often starting with an un-jelled cast.

Well, nobody retired on this weekend's show unless I missed it, and here's hoping that they add and lose few cast members over the summer. Because I think the cast is stronger now than it's been in a long time. The past two weeks have been largely funny straight through. The new Colin Jost/Michael Che Weekend Update feels solid. And the featured players feel ready to jump to full-fledged cast members. As a fan from episode one, who has endured some real fallow periods, I'm glad to see it happen, I just wish it would happen earlier in the season.

As for Louis C.K., he's not for every taste, but he's also an acquired taste. I intensely disliked his original sitcom, but have grown to appreciate his style. I especially liked that his monologue was way inappropriate--and he knew it--but he continued on anyway. The discomfort he produced with his inappropriate topics was itself humorous, in a way that I think Chris Rock (earlier in the season) didn't accomplish when he tried the same thing.

Anyway, Lorne, don't fire anyone.


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