Television

In Louis C.K.’s ‘SNL’ monologue, a racist chicken crosses the road

Watch: Louis C.K.’s monologue

Louis C.K.’s opening “Saturday Night Live” monologue was heavy on anthropomorphism.

There was a perplexed moose, a giraffe in awe of his own height, and a racist chicken.

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The comedian, who was this week’s “SNL” host, started the set with a seemingly inane and tired question, “Why did the chicken cross the road?”

Then came the answer, “Because there was a black guy walking behind him . . . and he was nervous.”

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The Newton native would go on to say the joke itself wasn’t racist; he placed the blame squarely on the chicken.

“The chicken was definitely racist, but that’s chickens,” he said. “Chickens are very closed down and suspicious and prejudiced. You kinda can’t blame them, considering their species murder rate is 100 percent.”

After a few more animal jokes (“Every moose looks like a dude who just got turned into a moose”), he segued into observations about the ridculousness of customer service in motels and hotels.

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There was an aside about skin rashes in disgusting motel showers, and he mentioned how he can’t stand the long, flowery greetings he endures when he tries to order room service in high-end hotels.

He then told a story about arguing with a hotel housekeeper about his laundry not getting done on time. Race was also central to that anecdote.

“Look, it’s wrong that white people get preferential treatment,” he said. “It’s wrong. But as long as they do, what’s going on at this hotel? I’m supposed to get the best. Because I’m white. Which is awful. And wrong. But where is it right now?”

The story, and the monologue, ended with Louis C.K. realizing that he did not, in fact, give housekeeping his laundry.

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