Louis C.K.'s Eugene O'Neill-esque dramedic web series about two brothers, introverted Horace and mentally ill Pete, the current owners of their family's Irish bar "Horace and Pete's", and their dysfunctional family and friends.
In February, 2013, Louis brings his impish nihilism to Phoenix, Arizona. He talks about an old lady and her pet, living in Manhattan, experiencing his body's aging (he's 45), men's ... See full summary »
Louie is a stand-up comedian and divorced father of two girls. This series follows him through his everyday life, as he meets various characters, struggles with his love life and pursues humor.Written by
This show is currently the one exception to the intervention process from network executives. After a bad experience with HBO with his show Lucky Louie (2006), the comedian had no particular interest to return to TV and rejected offers from the networks. By his own admission, he made enough money with the stand-up tours and his duties as a divorced father prevented him from working half the week. John Landgraf, FX's president, met with C.K. and committed to work on his terms. To the actor, that meant absolute creative freedom, no control from the network whatsoever, no notes and only the money for the show. Without putting it in writing, Landgraf agreed to C.K.'s conditions, so the comedian receives $300,000 to make each episode and collects the minimum wage for DGA and WGA. He shoots on the days he is not in charge of his daughters, films on his own and sends the episodes to FX once they are edited, mostly by him. Therefore, the executives are watching them as another viewer and can not give notes. See more »
Ricky Gervais called Louis C.K. "the funniest comedian working in America today", so it's fitting that Louis should repay the compliment with a guest spot for Gervais on his show. And what a guest spot! Gervais is allowed to do what Gervais does best, say ridiculously sublime and horribly tasteless things while still remaining oddly endearing. Ricky's jokes in anyone else's hands could seem the punch lines of a sociopath. Whether Louis C.K. will fulfill Ricky's pronouncement as "the funniest comedian working in America today" remains to be seen, but he's off to a good start. Each episode of Louis is presented in two vignettes, two seemingly random episodes connected by a greater theme, such as aging, love, death, health, wealth and happiness, etc. And so far, Louis C.K. has surrounded himself with excellent playmates (Gervais, for one). Now let us hope that he takes a cue from Ricky Gervais and keeps his comedy grounded in a painfully bittersweet hyper reality, as opposed to a Jerry Seinfeld/ Larry David world of snarky cynicism. The random quirkiness of his show has already drawn Seinfeld comparisons, but it's pretty obvious Louis has a hope for humanity his predecessors have never had. Louis C.K. (the character) is both a schlemiel and a schlimazel, a loser either way you look at it, but he has a dignity befitting a Ricky Gervais character. And that's a winner anyway you look at it.
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