8.13.2011

louie louie louie looo-waaay

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Here's a funny Louis CK story. Back in like 2004, all the fine folks on the Something Awful forums were raving about Louis CK, I never bothered to actually check him out. Why? Cuz his name was Louis CK. What was up with that gimmicky last name? I thought he was going for some sort of hip moniker to relate to the youth of today (not Youth Of Today). Only later did I realize that wasn't the case, it's just a an easier to pronounce bastardization of his hard to pronounce real last name of Szekely. Once again, assumptions, ass, u, me, blah blah blah.

Anyways, the actual point of this post is: If you're not watching Louie, you're an idiot.

 Louis CK is generally regarded, and quite rightfully so, as the greatest comedian of the last 10 years. On his show, FX basically let him do whatever he wanted and remained completely hands off. The show is exactly what Loius CK wants it to be. And it's glorious.

Given how funny Louis CK is, you'd expect the show to just the funniest thing ever. And it is, no doubt. But that's not all it is. It's also strange, and poignant, and serious, and just everything a good show would be. Sometimes it's not even that funny (like last season's "religion" episode, which was downright amazing). Parts of his standup routine litter every show (this made me laugh harder than anything in recent memory), but what's in between is simply some of the boldest TV I have ever seen. If you're expecting nothing but laugh after laugh, you're going to be a bit bewildered. But have an open mind and you will reap the rewards.

I can only hope that this experience will lead other networks to trust their talent and not have everything rewritten and watered down by 100 editors.
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