Season premier in a couple weeks. Looking forward to seeing what Louie has been doing since the girl of his dreams left.
I’LL WAIT FOR YOU!!!
That scene, done in a single shot, where he tells the girl he’s supposed to be going on a date with about the meaninglessness of every single element of life right after seeing a homeless man’s head fall off is probably the best thing ever put on network television.
Wu remember when I lol’d at that scene and your whole family stared at me?
Louie rocks! I think of him as today’s unsophisticated, non-intellectual Woody Allen. Really loved the surrealism of the episode where he walked around stoned.
It’s obvious Allen is a big inspiration on Louie, both as a filmmaker(?) -is that the right term?- and comedian, though Allen is more influential generally as a comedian than most people give credit, or even realize.
I wouldn’t necessarily call him unsophisticated, though. I think, for TV, he’s able to explore a lot of emotions in much more depth than almost anything else ever put on the proverbial tube. This season premiere, for example, takes a stereotypical scenario (the sitcom break-up) and totally turns it on its head. First of all, there was no build-up. He never even introduced his girlfriend as a character before they break-up. And it’s not played up for laughs in any sitcom stereotype; the whole joke in the first scene is that Louie wants to eat ice cream instead of engage in a discussion about his inability to engage in serious discussions about his life choices (which is about as honest a portrayal of “postmodern” dysphoria I think TV has yet gotten).
But yeah, I’m rambling, sorry…
Louie is the perfect example of how comedy is usually very sophisticated.
Most of us always love your rambling Falderal. That season premiere was hilarious.
Well spake Falderal – yes, he is very sophisticated in his fimmaking techniques, though his character on the show and in his jokes comes across as quite the opposite.
I’m also loving Wilfred!
Well, I tend to think his comedy is “blue” in the same way Carlin was, which is another obvious influence. But yeah the persona he adopts is essentially the rejection of all things not reduced down to their simplistic essence.
I’m not so big on Wilfred, but on FX I like Archer. And have actually been a fan of Adam Reed and Matt Thompson since Sealab 2021.
Got done with the 2nd episode. So far so good. This season has less of a surreal feel so far.
I just saw Parker Posey, didn’t recognize her at first. She’s terrific.
Louis has a knack for writing really interesting female characters.
4 eps down. louis is one talented fucker.
i LOVE the way he has cast all the women on the show.
I recently watched the whole show up until the big Parker Posey ep. It’s an alright show, though I definitely, definitely, definitely lost interest as season 2 progressed and many episodes made little efforts to be funny at all – the Joan Rivers ep and Duckling two-parter. Just not what I tune into such a show for.
tonight’s episode was fucking brilliant.
next episode is supposed to have a guest star who isn’t known for acting. this season’s doug stanhope.
I see a lot of Carlin in his comedy too.
David Lynch guess starred last night. The show is brilliant. They are doing a 3 episode arc with Louie getting a shot @ David Letterman’s gig.
Really insightful take on show biz.
Lynch was great. Probably my favorite thing I’ve ever seen from him (not a joke).
The episode was incredible. Anyone that believes Louie is no longer attempting to be funny should watch him get pummeled in a boxing ring. Because that was one of the funniest things on television in a very long time.
Louie is less intellectual than Woody Allen but not less sophisticated. He’s also got a major element of Seinfeld, only his reactions to the same kind of observations are more emotionally engaged and less nihilistic.
I’ve only seen the first two episodes of his show, but I certainly intend to watch every episode. I like the bits where he, for instance, talks to a gay friend of his about how they feel when they use the word ‘faggot’ on stage, and I especially like the response.
I also enjoyed Louie’s speech to his bad date in the first episode which summed up his emotional response to the dating scene as an older single father.
His older sitcom on HBO from years ago was terrible, but we don’t need to talk about that one. :)
Louie is more emotionally engaging than anything I’ve seen of Woody’s.
edit- 2 shows in? you’re in for a treat. do not expect much in the way of continuity.
“He’s also got a major element of Seinfeld, only his reactions to the same kind of observations are more emotionally engaged and less nihilistic.”
Is that Seinfeld, or Larry David?
Jerry Seinfeld is the most materialistic comedian I’ve ever seen, but he’s leagues away from his nihilist counterpart.
“do not expect much in the way of continuity.”
Louie said on Opie & Anthony that he re-cast the daughter in the second season of the show and absolutely nobody noticed.
The youngest one?
Whoever is playing her this season is amazing. Ebert once said about child actors that they are good because they are unaffected.
Jerry Seinfeld the comedian is not nihilist, but Jerry Seinfeld the character in the show Seinfeld is.
And, that’s part of the point. That’s why they ended the series the way they did, sending the characters to jail for being uncaring assholes. IMO the reason the show is funny has a lot to do with the narrative’s un-nihilistic observation of the characters’ nihilistic behavior. Moreso in the later seasons, both Jerry and George react like it’s an attack against them whenever a person in their life violates the nuances of social procedure, and they are entirely utilitarian in trying to correct this violation. The show makes meta-commentary on this on more than one occasion. The most glaring example is the episode with bizarro-Jerry.
last episode was the funniest one of the season. great comedic payoff for the 3 episode arc. seinfeld guest stars. and more david lynch, who has been brilliant.
I haven’t been this addicted to a tv show since Lost. and Louie is able to do it without any gimmicks. just straight up great writing AND came work.
had me in tears-
A good friend of mine just recommended this to me. I’m going to check out season 1. (Are they on season 3 now?)
Season 3 had its finale today.
Last episode didn’t work as a whole for me though. I thought it was too disjointed. There are some themes there that I think aren’t fully explored and some that he’s already done.
The only thing that comes close to LCK’s writing is his camerawork. Content aside, the show looks so damn good.
@Jazz you will enjoy. guaranteed.
poor parker posey. sad scene.
I watched the first four episodes of season 1. They were OK—nothing mind-blowing, but I’m not giving up just yet. I did really like his stand-up bit about a visit of his friend’s rural cousin and how she reacts to a homeless person. It’s almost more sad than funny. I’m not sure if viewers (or even Louis CK) gets degree of tragedy and sadness in some of these scenes. It’s a great juxtaposition of tragedy and comedy—and if there are more stuff like that, I’ll definitely like the series.
I absolutely loved the season 3 finale. Bam. I’m close to calling Louie the best comedy I’ve ever seen.