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Apropos of Louis C.K.'s low key no-frills "just a standup set" Saturday Night Live monologue
, I'm curious. Are there other examples of SNL opening monologues that deviate from the expected pattern?
posted by Sara C. to Media & Arts (26 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm referring to the typical SNL monologue style, where that week's guest attempts to give a monologue, but it's actually an extended meta-sketch
where the SNL cast comes out onto the stage to interact in various ways with the monologue performer.
Rather than gin up a contrived monologue sketch, this week's SNL just had standup comedian host Louis C.K. just do his thing. And as expected, it was brilliant.
Are there other examples of standup comedian guest hosts using the monologue to their advantage in this way? Other unusual monologues? Has the SNL opening monologue always been a thing, and always in the "meta-monologue" style?