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SNL 11/3/12 Louis C.K.; Fun

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by SeanC, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

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    Yeah, same with spoken language interpreters. Cool ability.
     
  2. Donbadabon

    Donbadabon Geocacher

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    Now that was entertaining. They really got into it. I hadn't seen it before, so now the SNL skit makes sense.
     
  3. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    As a deaf person, I can tell you that was hilarious. Not offensive in the least. But I am not easily offended... :)
     
  4. sonnik

    sonnik Innovations.

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    Who were you hoping for?

    I agree.

    Stand-up comedians hosting SNL can be hit and miss for various reasons. If you know much about Louis C.K., you have to applaud him for doing things that were obviously outside of what he normally likes to do. His character acting wasn't bad at all.

    I found the "last call" sketch at the end pretty funny too.

    Being a fan of the FX show "Louie" - I thought the "Lincoln" parody was one of the most original/creative SNL parodies I may have ever seen ... dating back to Patrick Stewart's episode in the 90s where they did "The Love Boat: The Next Generation".
     
  5. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

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    Well, as I found out in the Louis C.K. thread in Happy Hour, he does have a little sketch acting experience from his time on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, which probably helped.
     
  6. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

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    Well, pretty much every host does something (live sketch comedy) outside what they normally like to do.

    My complain with Louis CK was that he did too much of what he normally does. I dislike when singers do a song for their cold open and I didn't like Louis CK's stand-up routine as a cold open. (Now if he did a song instead, then I'd be happier)
     
  7. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

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    The cold open is the part of the show before the title sequence. It is the part that ends "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!"

    The part he did the stand-up routine for is the monologue.
     
  8. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

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    Yes, you're right. The monologue was pure Louis CK stand-up routine. He could have done something---anything---different.
     
  9. TAsunder

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

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    Seemed like new material to me. But maybe I just haven't seen anything of his for a while.
     
  10. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    He's widely regarded as the top working comic in America right now, and it was huge news when SNL announced that he'd be hosting the show. Sure, there are A-List celebs that might have provided more mass appeal, but I think that outside of that, Louis had to have been at or near the top of their list of possible hosts.
     
  11. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    He wasn't complaining about the material. He was complaining that a stand-up comic did stand-up comedy for his monologue. He was hoping to see Louis do something outside the box.
     
  12. busyba

    busyba The Funcooker

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    If anything, the fact that it's right before the election means that they're going to get viewers anyway, and they didn't have to waste that slot on a "gimmick" guest host and get a quality host instead, even if he's a little "inside".
     
  13. trainman

    trainman Nice to see you

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    Here's a post from Mental Floss that explains a lot about sign language.

    This episode seemed to have a noticeably high amount of uses of the word "boner." I pictured one of the "SNL" producers interrupting an NBC executive to ask about the "boner" policy, and the executive, distracted by Sandy issues, saying "just do whatever you want" to get the producer to go away.
     
  14. TAsunder

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    Right. I was just thinking that at least it didn't seem like re-hashed material like many stand-ups do.
     
  15. mdougie

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    I thought Lois C. K. was a fine choice.

    Is your issue he wasn't a famous enough celebrity?

    I like talent more than celebrity.
     
  16. YCantAngieRead

    YCantAngieRead Not Entirely Current

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    I think another thing that most people (myself included, for a time) don't understand is that sign language utilizes not a word-for-word translation, but a rough, bare bones translation, and the expressions help fill that all in.
     
  17. inaka

    inaka Well-Known Member

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    I thought the sign language skit was pretty darn funny.

    And over-the-top exaggeration of real-life events, like the candidates in the debates, the people asking questions from the debates, etc. If anyone is offended, oh well. I'm guessing SNL might not be the show for them.
     

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