The Idiot Box Presents: Louie. Plus, A Sketch!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

(The Idiot Box is a series of blog posts about the TV shows I watch. Hang tight.)

There are but a few shows that I religiously follow. Okay that's not true. I watch a ton of shows, but there are only a few I enjoy tremendously. Louie is one of them.

It's about a comedian and recently-divorced guy trying to raise his two little girls, and the people and things he encounters every day. Louie follows a format that is somewhat uncommon for shows: random short segments based on the comedian's life (called "vignettes") interspersed with live stand-up performances from Louis C.K. himself. Confusing, but it works.

Why It's Good
Aside from the fact that Louis C.K. is a brilliant, brilliant comedian, the series is relatable. The things Louie sees and hears, you've probably seen and heard already too. The only difference is he handles it with awkwardness, wit and irreverence that's quite refreshing (and hilarious) to see. He also has that hard-up, underdog feel to him that you find yourself cheering him on, even if it's in a scene where he unapologetically insults someone. Yay!

The show is on its second season, showing on the FX Network. If you're looking for a comedy that's unusual, in-your-face, irreverent, and smart, then I suggest you start watching this gem of a show. Trust me, you won't regret it.

P.S. I was feeling a little creative, so I did a quick sketch of Louis C.K., too.

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