“SNL” was hosted this week by the comedian and TV star Louis C.K. Even if the show was aired the Saturday before the election “Saturday Night Live” mainly focused on the Sandy Hurricane and Lydia Callis, sign-language interpreter for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, rather than any political issues. This way, the notorious funny man lightened the Americans’ mood before the election.
Callis became a little internet sensation due to her enthusiastic interpretation of Bloomberg’s words during the discussions regarding the preparations for the hurricane. The real Callis was by the Mayor’s side on Saturday during the briefing session that took place in New York. However, the ‘fake’ Lydia, played by actress Cecily Strong, was on set for “SNL”. This portion of the show was successful for two main reasons: Strong’s flawless imitation of Callis’ elastic face and the perfect capture of Bloomberg’s heavy Spanish accent.
The sketch turned out a bit too focused on local humor, as probably half of the jokes were funnier for New York and Jersey inhabitants more than the general US population. Despite the extra attention showed for the hurricane struck citizens, who may have not even been able to watch the show due to power shortage, the section was a success.
Louis C.K. performed a seven minutes long monologue for “SNL”. He did what he does best, standup public speech, alone in the middle of the stage, pouring out his frustrations and humiliations. The performer had to cancel a show in New York scheduled for last Sunday due to Hurricane Sandy developments. However, he made up for it during his remarkable monologue on “Saturday Night Live”, giving a halt to the goofy line of songs that were used to open the show in the past.
C.K.’s notorious talent was showcased to its full potential during one more sketch, when he played Lincoln in a parody of his FX series. The standup portions regarding Lincoln’s imminent assassination, as well as the awkwardness surrounding all his interactions with Kenan Thompson’s freed slave and Mary Todd, gave the sketch an unforgettable vibe.