'SNL' Finale Recap: Rihanna Delivers Strong Visual Performances, Louis C.K. Mocks Israel-Palestine, Deflategate
Louis C.K. was center stage for Saturday Night Live's season-40 finale, marking his third time hosting the show. During the episode, he played a Sprint employee, a 1950s sitcom husband and a despondent lumberjack.
The finale opened with a musical sketch making light of Hillary Clinton's summer plans. "What a fun thing to hear for almost 20 years," Clinton (Kate McKinnon) told some youngsters on a beach after learning that their parents didn't like her. She then proceeded to knock down their sand castle.
C.K.'s monologue focused on a number of hot-button topics, with the Louie star performing stand-up about the situation in the Middle East. He then did a long bit about child molesters. "From their point of view, it must be amazing, for them to risk so much," C.K. said about the sex offenders.
Despite their comical promo leading up to the finale, it turns out C.K. and musical guest Rihanna aren't in fact dating. But the singer delivered powerfully visual performances of her new songs "Bitch Better Have My Money" and "American Oxygen." Watch below.
One sketch featured the comic as a shoemaker whose elves aren't just interested in cobbling. "I guess you're going to want to go to the restroom on us now," one elf said in the Fifty Shades-esque bit. The sketch's ending involved a twist.
After mocking his boss at a Sprint store, C.K.'s character needed to adopt a fake voice for the rest of his time at the job. "Where'd you get those nails did?" he asked his employer. "They on fleek."
Highlights of Weekend Update involved Isis' opening credits and Tom Brady (Taran Killam) using his charm to deflect questions about Deflategate. Also, hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che each told a joke that had been cut from a previous episode, with Che's old pal Riblet (Bobby Moynihan) stopping by to interrupt him.
Other skits saw C.K. playing a sitcom husband whose wife is a lesbian, an actor in a police lineup and brash character originated in Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's episode earlier this season. C.K. also appeared as a tearful lumberjack in a runner.
This article originally appeared in THR.com.