There was no shortage of news for SNL to cover in its return from hiatus last night—from Trump’s Syrian missile strikes to Kendall Jenner’s horribly tone-deaf Pepsi ad, and even Bill O’Reilly’s alleged sexual assault charges. Louis C.K. brought it with another stand-up monologue for the ages during his fourth time at the helm. And thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s botched statue debacle, Weekend Update thankfully had an excuse bring back Kate McKinnon’s glorious Cecilia Gimenez impression.
Perhaps the real highlight of the show, though, didn’t come until the last sketch of the night. The 10-to-1 spot, where SNL places the sketches that just barely made the cut from dress rehearsal, gifted us with what’s sure to be listed among the best of SNL character breaks of all time.
The sketch takes place at the Tenement Museum in New York City, where a tour group crowds in to watch “historically-trained actors” re-enact what life was like in a 1913 apartment. The butt of the joke revolves around Louis C.K. and Kate McKinnon characters’s hatred of Italian immigrants, but it was Louis C.K.’s “Polish” accent that really had everyone cracking up. When Louis’s valiant accent attempt derails, Kate, the audience, and Louis himself just can’t keep it in.