Louis C.K. will host Saturday Night Live this evening. The white-hot comedian has the honor and the pressure of delivering in a big spot. I remember Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and representatives from the NYPD and NYFD appearing on the post-911 Saturday Night Live as a very powerful moment. Some 11 years later, the people of New York, and the country as a whole, look to comedy (after a long day of college football) for an escape.
Ahead of the show, he composed a powerful letter in his dressing room. It was a statement about the state of his city, his muse, several days following the hurricane. At last count, over 110 deaths had been attributed to Sandy.
I can only imagine the energy and emotion that will be flowing at 30 Rock this evening as the cast, their families, the host and audience try take pause and refuge from a harsh reality. The following sentence captures the essence of his experience. A link to the full letter is below.
“But this was pitch black, street after street, corner round corner. And for me, the village being the very place that made me into a comedian and a man, to walk through the heart of it and feel like, in a way, it was dead.”