Season 40 of Saturday Night Live must’ve been a particularly grueling one for the cast and writers of the show. Not only managing to actually churn out the show every week, but the super grand SNL 40 episode that by the time this season came to an end, it’s very easy to see them gas out in the final episode. Rather than do that, they knocked it out of the park with easily one of the strongest episodes of the season. The relied on Louis C.K. who has been a super strong host in the three times he’s helmed the wheel. Last night was no different, delivering a monologue most thin skinned will be groaning about the next day and some of the edgiest moments we saw all year.
Cold Open: It’s Summer
One of the perks of having Darrell Hammond around for the show’s announcements is that can drop in as Bill Clinton whenever needed. That’s a plus, also a plus is Kate McKinnon knocking it out of the park as Hillary Clinton. An ensemble “Live From New York,” for the final episode of season 40 is a nice touch.
The best part about a comedian hosting SNL is the monologue. Particularly because they just let said comedian do what they do best. And let’s be honest, Louis C.K. is one of the best. Who else can make racism, the Middle East, and child molestation jokes hilarious? **stops typing and quietly awaits for the liberal blogger thought pieces about “the problem with” and “did Louis C.K. jokes go too far?”**
The Shoemaker And The Elves
What an edgy sketch to kick off the evening, and directly off that monologue. This sketch is all about bathroom fetishes and it the rest of these sketches are anything like this, we’re in for a great final episode of the season.
This Is How I Talk
The idea of Louis C.K. talking like Leslie Jones for 5 years like this just warms our heart in this delightfully absurd sketch. Now get yo ass outta here for that fake frontin’!
Wood PA #1
That poor sad lumberjack.
Rihanna “Bitch Better Have My Money”
If we were working part of Rhianna’s team, we would’ve strongly suggested this not be a song she records and puts out into the world.
Michael Che is on fire this week, particularly with the joke about the 20 dollar bill, Deflate Gate joke and the Picasso joke, hot damn. Jost and Che’s report with each other is perfect this episode and they’ve found the groove. Now, let’s not lose it over the summer break.
Michael Che isn’t falling for that Tom Brady charm, even though Jost might.
Congratulations on turning 21 Pete! Have a drink on us! The meta awareness of how you are even on the show is particularly funny. Pete, you should be super excited about your first season on SNL, particularly on Weekend Update where you’ve been one of the smiling moments every time.
The jokes that were cut from dress rehearsal are a great idea but then Riblet returns and this time he has word bullets. Things are all right with the world.
This sketch was terrific when Dwayne Johnson hosted it had small sparks of greatness. Johnson also has more of the machismo needed. While C.K. was more a sneaky Pete which he perfectly rolled out but not as successful as Johnson.
Police Line Up
While it’s not the best lineup scene ever (that goes to The Usual Suspects) this sketch has a great premise. While it was missing just a little something, we do have to remember, gender is fluid.
Wood PSA #2
The sad lumberjack returns!
Rihanna “American Oxygen”
This song is called “American Oxyen” and if you didn’t know, Rihanna lets us know super fast. she also took a note from Kanye with the multimedia presentation performance. Also, have you noticed that Louis always seems to be teamed up with a fantastic musical performer? Last time was Sam Smith making his US introduction and his first time was Fun. at the peak of their climb.
Forgotten TV Gems
Isn’t it the worst when you’re a straight many and you accidentally marry a lesbian? This forgotten TV gem explores that possibility. The result is a funny turn on sexuality with Bobby Moynihan playing the perfect dopey friend and the perfectly odd kiss between McKinnon and Bryant to end the season.
That’s going to do it for season 40 of SNL. The show truly ended on a high note and got one of the most solid episodes from one of its best current hosts. The cast is gelling well and unlike years past, there’s not much of a vibe that someone needs to go or there needs to be a big shakeup. There also wasn’t (and maybe this is a good thing) a sendoff sketch that says goodbye to someone like we did with previous depatures from key cast members. Here’s to a very few cast shakeups over the summer.