Last night, one of the best stand-up’s in the game today, Bill Burr took to the stage as host of SNL. As any fan would definitely expect, Bill Burr did not hold back. He came out swinging, touching the topics of cancel culture, cancelling dead people, how New York City “is back”, “woke white women”, Gay Pride, and when he thinks that Black History Month should be.
Also as expected, everybody seems to be pretty divided this morning. There are people who think he absolutely killed it, while there is some outrage from others both on Twitter and in other publications. There are calls for him to be “cancelled” and upset that the show would let him perform that monologue “during this moment in time”.
To us, it is like this. Saturday Night Live debuted 45 years ago from today, on October 11th, 1975. The show, from its conceit, was about pushing boundaries and saying and doing things that hadn’t been done or said on television before. The fact that Bill Burr can go out there, 45 years after George Carlin first ran down the Studio 8H stairs, and say things that still manages to push boundaries is a testament to that. You may not agree with everything the show is or has become, and you may not agree with what Bill Burr said onstage last night. In the show’s history, there are definitely things that have not aged at all well and are a product of its time. But at the end of the day, Bill Burr proved in his monologue last night that all these years later, the show isn’t going to stop taking chances. Both good and bad.
And plus, when you hire Bill Burr, you’re going to get f*cking Bill Burr. Check out his monologue below.