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Saturday Night Live’s Sincere Ode to Sectional Couches

The latest episode’s host Louis C.K. starred in a sketch that initially seemed like a typical fake commercial—and turned out to be anything but.
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“When I was a little boy my grandmother bought me a new couch, and I looked at it, and I said, ‘Where’s the rest of it?’” our host asks, turning to the camera derisively. “That is the first of many stories you’re going to hear.” So begins “Sectionals,” Saturday Night Live’s recent ode to that most American of furniture: the tackily opulent sectional couch, the longer and more defiant of Euclidian geometry the better. Last weekend’s Louis C.K.-hosted episode largely lacked

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