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Ahh, Louis C.K. I've watched a few of his specials, but until recently I really didn't know too much about him. In the last few weeks I've gone back and listened to more of his stuff and I've come to this conclusion. This is a guy with a completely twisted viewpoint on the world, totally morose and morbid... and it's hysterical all at the same time. The only reason he's not one of my favorite comedians is only because of his prevailing use of profanity. I can get by with a few curse words, but I don't personally really care for the level he chooses to use on stage. Having said that, he's a great comedian, and I think he comes across as a guy with a thick outer shell and a very soft inside. He loves his kids, and those are some of my favorite bits that he does, about being a dad. But does his comedy translate to a television series? Find out after the jump.
So he's got a new show called Louie. This show is what Seinfeld would've been if Jerry Seinfeld had more of a morbid sense of humor. Each show starts out with a bit of stand-up comedy that introduces the next few scenes we're about to see. We get a bit more stand-up in the middle, and then another few scenes. The comedy is graphic and messed up on so many levels... but I haven't laughed so hard at a show since It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. The scenes in the 3rd episode with Ricky Gervais playing the doctor from hell were so awful, but I practically had to pause it because I was laughing so hard.
Basically, the gist of this show is Louis C.K. plays a guy living a crappy life, and we get to point and laugh along the way. This is the perfect way to put his comedy style into a series form, and he's the perfect guy to portray it. He's created it, written it, produced it, and stars in it. If he'd brought in someone else to play his character, it just wouldn't work. He looks like a regular guy, acts like a regular guy, and it's perfect.
This show might not have the staying power to hold on for 9 seasons like Seinfeld did, but it has room to improve, as long as it sticks to what it does well, I'll be sure to tune it. Louie airs Sundays on FX at 11pm.
Rating: 7 out of 10