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Louis CK's 'Saturday Night Live' is low-rated, high-quality

Louis CK attends a game between the Knicks

Louis CK attends a game between the Knicks and the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 28, 2013. His FX show returns May 9. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Louis CK returned as host of "Saturday Night Live" and even the barest glance at Twitter yesterday seemed to suggest a desultory afterglow -- lowest rated, or near-lowest rated edition of the season, and therefore ho-hum.

But as usual, viewers who didn't bother to tune in missed one of the best episodes of the season -- excellent cold open, parodying President Obama's health care hard-sell, and easily the best host monologue of the entire season. Who knows really why ratings were low ... but there were nonrepresentative. (Many good skits, too.)

Meanwhile, here's CK's monologue -- actually an unusually non-blue eight minutes of very good and thoughtful material. "Thoughtful material" in a host monologue? Imagine that.

 

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