Holy moley. Oh, man. Louis C.K. launched the season finale of Saturday Night Live with a monologue that took no prisoners and is bound to go down in SNL history as either the most infamous one-night-stand in the 40-year-old franchise’s history — or right up there in the pantheon of incendiary, taboo-busting that includes Lenny Bruce, Sarah Silverman, George Carlin and Richard Pryor. Looking loose and at ease in stained black T-shirt and jeans, the comedian began jovially enough but quickly segued into a riff on Israel-Palestine, comparing the warring sides to his bickering children, then went on to acknowledging his “mildly racist” attitudes (along the lines of his different thought-responses to white-male-in-hoodie versus black-male-in-hoodie) and the clincher: A long bit about your friendly local neighborhood pedophile that was guaranteed to offend even the most divided among the viewers of the earlier material. At one point, he compared the joy of eating his favorite candy, Mounds bars, to what sex must be like for a child molester.
A promo during the local news lead-in to the show featured Kate McKinnon and Louis, in which she said that it would be his final appearance on the program, which seemed to take him by surprise. Was it a joke? Should it have been? Or did SNL once again this season (after Chris Rock’s memorable appearance last fall) hit the bulls-eye with scorched-earth satire you will never find anywhere else? Watch the clip and tell us what you thought.