Louis CK on ‘SNL': ‘Black Jeopardy,’ ‘Dyke & Fats’ and Obamacare Spoof Snoozer (Video)

Louis CK on 'SNL': 'Black Jeopardy,' 'Dyke & Fats' and Obamacare Spoof Snoozer (Video)

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Comedian plays to his strengths; cold open on Obamacare falls flat

Louis CK has no problem playing up his strengths.

The second-time “Saturday Night Live” host drew big laughs with an eight-minute barrage of jokes on everything from God and heaven to domestic abuse and hunger during the show's opening monologue.

“I don't have third-world hunger. I have first-world hunger,” CK explained with signature drollness. “I would like a doughnut.”

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CK kept the laughs and the momentum going when he appeared in a brilliantly irreverent sketch called “Black Jeopardy.” The 46-year-old former Chris Rock collaborator is the king of playing culturally ignorant but well-intentioned characters. That's exactly what he did as Mark, a professor of African-American history and the sole white contestant.

It was funny on a number of levels  (including the fact that the sketch had to utilize all three of “SNL's” black cast members).  One of the best punch lines was Mark's inability to get any of the answers right until he aced one from the category called “White People.”

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Unfortunately for viewers, “Black Jeopardy” and CK's monologue were the best parts of the show. There were a few sparks of comedic brilliance here and there — in a short called “Dyke & Fats” with cast members Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant as exploitation-era lady cops, another short mocking the cheapness of Jos A. Bank suits and a “Mr. Big Stuff” musical number. And “Weekend Update” made it abundantly clear that anchors Colin Jost and Cecily Strong have found their comedic groove.

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But the night's closer, featuring an eccentrically insane man trying to win back his ex-girlfriend, was very light on laughs. Even that bit was better than the CK-free cold open, which parodied Obamacare and the lengths the president will go to online to get people enrolled.

The opener was the biggest dud of the night despite always impressive impersonations of Obama, Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian from Jay Pharoah, McKinnon and Nasim Pedrad, respectively.

What did you think of  CK's second time on “Saturday Night Live”? Tell us in the comments below.

Watch the videos:

Healthcare.gov Meeting Cold Open

Monologue

Black Jeopardy

Office Boss

Joseph A. Bank Suits

Sam Smith: “Stay With Me”

Weekend Update

Weekend Update: Stephen A. Smith

Mr. Big Stuff

Doctor Appointment

Private Eyes

“Dyke and Fats”

Sam Smith: “Lay Me Down”

Chris For President

Romantic Speech

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  • TwiggyB

    I was hoping they'd do the “LIVE, IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT” opening before the Obama/Justin Beiber kiss. That was awful!

  • FuchuBH

    What a waste of Louis CK. A brilliantly funny guy stuck in a stale In Living Color sketch.

  • jbluehawks4

    I thought the whole show, sadly, was unwatchable. I'm a huge Louis CK fan and nothing on the show was funny. I think the reviewer is being extremely generous saying the Black Jeopardy sketch was funny. It was an extremely unfunny rip-off of some old In Living Color sketches.

  • phaedrus

    I thought the Obama skit was hilarious, I guess if your a conservative who's insurance premiums have gone up 40-65% with doubled/tripled deductibles or a liberal experiencing cognitive dissonance over realities versus fantasies, then it may not of been a funny experience.

    • hupto

      Well, at least liberals know how to spell.

      • phaedrus

        Idiot!! Nothing is misspelled.

        • downonthecorner

          Should be whose, not who's and may not have been, not may not of been

          • phaedrus

            but I was speaking in vernacular…:-)

          • Cocksure Burns.

            Herd it in uh luv song, “Kant bee Rong!” Idiot!! Nuthing is Miss Pelt! …but I was speaking in ‘vernacular’ (Smylee fuchin assface)

          • hupto

            And “you're” instead of “your.”

  • Hiram Fibonik

    Jay, you ignorant slut! It's ¨pharaoh¨, not ¨pharoah¨!