The first “Saturday Night Live” following a major national event is always worth watching, if only for a fresh comedic perspective on something serious. This week’s “SNL” is particularly powerful, since the heart of the show beats in New York City, which is still suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. That wasn’t lost on host Louis C.K., who wrote the following heartfelt email to his fans a few hours before taking the stage.
Hello. Its louis here. I’m clacking this to you on my
phone in my dressing room here at studio 8H, right in 30 rockefeller
center, in Manhattan, new york city, new york, america, world, current
snapshot of all existence everywhere.
Tonight I’m hosting Saturday Night Live, something I zero ever in my
life saw happening to me. And yet here it is completely most probably
happening (I mean, ANYTHING could NOT happen. So we’ll see).
I’ve been working here all week with the cast, crew, producers and
writers of SNL, and with Lorne Michaels. Such a great and talented group
And here we are in the middle of New York City, which was just
slammed by a hurricane, leaving behind so much trouble, so much
difficulty and trauma, which everyone here is still dealing with every
Last night we shot some pre-tape segments in greenwich Village, which
was pitch black dark for blocks and blocks, as it has been for a week
Its pretty impossible to describe walking through these city streets
in total darkness. It can’t even be called a trip through time, because
as long as new york has lived, its been lit. By electricity, gas lamps,
candlelight, kerosene. But this was pitch black, street after street,
corner round corner. And for me, the village being the very place that
made me into a comedian and a man, to walk through the heart of it and
feel like, in a way, it was dead. I can’t tell you how that felt. And
you also had a palpable sense that inside each dark window was a family
or a student or an artist or an old woman living alone, just being int
he dark and waiting for the day to come back. Like we were all having
one big sleep over, but not so much fun as that.
This is how a lot of the city is still. I know people in queens,
brooklyn, Staten Island, new jersey, all over, are not normal yet. And
not normal is hard.
And here at 30 rock, these folks are working so hard this week.
There are kids in the studio every day, because members of the crew and
staff had to bring them to work. Many people are sharing lodging.
Everyone is tired. But there’s this feeling here that we’ve got to put
on a great show. I’m sure it feels like that here every week. But wow.
I feel really lucky to be sharing this time with these particular good
folks here at SNL.
In about 5 hours we’ll be going on the air. I’ll do a monologue.
And we’ll show you some sketches that we wrote and try to make you
laugh. I’m gonna look really dumb in some of this stuff. But I don’t
care. Its awfully worth it. And I’m really excited.
Anyway. I just wanted to let you know. If you watch the show
tonight, when Don Pardo says my name and you see me walking out, all the s*** in this email is what ill be thinking. I’m a pretty lucky guy. I
hope you enjoy the show.
Live. From new york. Its saturday night.