In its first episode since Hurricane Sandy swept through New York City, "Saturday Night Live" focused several sketches on the superstorm, but host Louis C.K.'s out-of-nowhere portrayal of the 16th president as a dejected loner may have been the best bit of the night. The video short, intended as a parody of C.K.'s show "Louis," began with an awkward Abe Lincoln trying, and failing, to make friends with a recently freed slave in a New York City bar.
"You're all emancipated. It's good, right?" Lincoln asks a former slave, who responds sarcastically, "I want to thank President Lincoln for everything he's done for me. Especially my new job of shoveling horse s*** into a wagon."
Cue shots of Lincoln climbing gloomily up subway steps, grabbing late-night pizza and bickering with his wife, Mary Todd, about theater tickets. You'll even get to see the late president try his hand at civil war-themed stand-up ("One thing I'm really tired of is arguing with slaveowners about slavery as if they're not just f***ing a**holes").
"SNL's" other skits included a cold open about Mayor Bloomberg's Sandy press conference and Louis C.K. as a confused FEMA representative on FOX News.