Last night’s episode of “Louie” was the first of the season to include two separate short films and no stand-up.
In the first half, Louie attended a burial on a dreary day. He stood alone, until another man arrived - Robin Williams. (Wasn’t it wonderful to see him?)
[This post contains spoilers for the July 26 episode of "Louie."]
On last night's episode, Louie and Parker Posey’s character went out on a date. A really incredible date.
Though not necessarily in a good way.
Tape Recorder (I know her real name is Liz, but Tape Recorder suits her) took Louie to a bar. Unbeknownst to him, the bartender alluded that his date had a drinking problem. Mortified, she rushed out of the bar, claiming it was too crowded.
“Louie” was nominated yesterday for three Emmy Awards – although it was still overlooked for outstanding comedy series - so let's start off this recap of Thursday's episode with a congrats.
Now recall "Louie's" pilot, when Louie explained his outlook on relationships. “If you smile at somebody, and they smile back, you’ve just decided that something s****y is going to happen.”
Unlike other shows, "Louie" takes place in the real New York. A city devoid of glamour, where businesswomen and homeless men sweat side-by-side on subway platforms, and old men eat club sandwiches in dimly lit diners.
On Thursday's episode, Louie explored the back alleys and bodegas of another city. In Miami for a hotel gig, he retreated to his room to eat in bed, with only the hushed weight of his loneliness as company.
The genius of “Louie” is that it changes tone on a whim. So after last week’s decidedly muted meditation on aging and masculinity, Louis C.K. lightened the mood with a deliberately uneven but wholly hilarious episode.
Louie and his daughters Lily and Jane told knock-knock jokes over dinner, and his laughter was genuine.
But that sweetness was balanced with another storyline that was shockingly raunchy and straight-up disturbing (but in a good way).
Comedian Louis C.K. is having a good week.
He just sold over 100,000 tickets to his upcoming stand-up comedy tour on his own terms in less than 2 days, and this wasn’t his first successful sell-it-yourself experiment. Late last year, he sold downloads to his comedy special “Live at the Beacon” for $5 on his website, paving the way for fellow comedians Aziz Ansari and Jim Gaffigan. He earned over $1 million in just 12 days.
But before he completely upended the stand-up comedy industry, C.K. forged a revolutionary path in television. On Thursday, his bizarre, stunningly creative and indisputably singular FX comedy returned with its third season premiere.
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