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Louie Review: Unique, Ridiculous, Utterly Hilarious

Excuse us for sounding like a commercial here, but Louie premiered on FX last night and it must be said: This show is unlike anything else ever seen on television. Written, directed and produced by stand-up comic Louis C.K., the sitcom centers on this comedian's life as a divorced father of two. Two episodes aired back-to-back this week and each interspersed long stand-up sets with scripted skits that depicted the scenarios about which Louie joked. Imagine Seinfeld, only far, far, FAR dirtier - and with even more random storylines, none of which are even meant to come together in the end. Case in point: Louie talks about being a single man at the age of 42 (there will never be a year of his life that's better than the one before), and we then watch an odd story play out in which he tracks down a former classmate via Facebook. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Louie "Pilot" Review Season 1, Episode 1

Louis C.K. gets it. He has been one of my favorite comedians for a very long time and is also a gifted comedy writer. In his latest television effort, "Louie," he really shines as an actor and provides television with a sitcom that will most likely be remembered as truly innovating. The pilot begins with Louis performing in a comedy club and talking about his two daughters, their understaffed school and volunteering there. The first vignette begins with Louis and another parent ushering kids onto a school bus for a field trip. Louis is faced with a busload of screaming kids and a driver that has no idea where he's going and doesn't care. The bus ultimately breaks down in Harlem and the group is deserted by the driver. The driver has a great Stanley from "The Office" quality to him and is a great counterpart to Louis' discomfort in this situation. The chunk is about Louis' single life at age 42, and how dating and marriage never really work out perfectly. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

A Review of the First Four Episodes of FXâ??s LOUIE

Comedian Louis C.K. has always been painfully funny (emphasis on “pain”) - at least on the stage. Most would argue that the HBO sitcom Lucky Louie failed to translate the C.K. brand of comedy to the sitcom format, though the sparsely titled autobiographical Louie is an entirely different creature: half standup, half sketch comedy. Hit the jump for a review of the first four episodes, the first two of which premiere Tuesday June 29th at 11/10c on FX. C.K. is credited as writer, director, even editor in the first four episodes. He brings a lot of himself to the sitcom, borrowing from his life as a standup comic, as a father, and as a miserable middle-aged white man. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Louie - Review

After "Lucky Louie" rolled snake-eyes on HBO, Louis C.K. is back with another raunchy half-hour, here with a "Seinfeld"-like formula: Each episode of the comic's FX series features clips from his stand-up act, while presenting a pair of scripted vignettes loosely related to his material. The format proves uneven, but after watching four episodes there's a lot to like in "Louie" -- beginning with using "Brother Louie" as its theme song -- though most of the best stuff comes following the so-so pilot. Divorced, in his early 40s and raising two daughters, Louis C.K.'s dour outlook on life pretty well permeates his act. He describes bringing home a new puppy -- given the animal's inevitable death -- as a "countdown to sorrow." Translating that to TV, however, isn't exactly easy, and the operation can't be ruled a complete success. In the premiere, he tries to take his kids on a field trip that goes terribly wrong, but the gag sort of runs out of gas, as does a secondary bit in which he goes on an awkward first date. Matters improve, thankfully, in subsequent episodes, where the vignettes include a poker game among comics and C.K.'s trip to the doctor, played with wild-eyed abandon by Ricky Gervais. After asking his patient to strip naked, Gervais' doc yells for the nurse, calling Louie's penis "the worst thing that ever happened to me, seeing that, and my dad hung himself in front of me -- whilst masturbating." Mostly, Louie ambles through life ready to be disappointed at every turn, whether that's connecting with an old high-school crush via Facebook, visiting his shrink (almost as weird as his M.D.), or having a divorced mom (Pamela Adlon, who played Louie's wife in his HBO show and serves as a consulting producer on this one) bring her kid for a play date with Louie's girls. FX has scheduled the show at 11 p.m., allowing C.K. (who wrote, directed and edited the pilot) to be about as blue as he can in an ad-supported space. The nice part about "Louie" is that its loose structure creates ample possibilities, while its grainy vision of New York approximates the feel of an independent film. For all that, the laughs come only intermittently, and the sequences of our hapless hero doing stand-up are generally superior to his limitations as an actor. In addition, the vignettes that do click sometimes seem underdeveloped given the scant time devoted to them in what's basically an anthology format, with Louie as the one constant. Known for pushing the dramatic envelope, FX has struggled to replicate that appeal in comedy, though recent series like "The League" and the animated "Archer" come close. By that measure, "Louie" is a savvy addition to the channel's macho bullpen, even if the show thus far provides less cause to celebrate than, say, a new puppy. Source Here

Louie: "Pilot" Review

Advance Review: It's round two for Louis C.K. and the sitcom game. Following a short-lived series on HBO called Lucky Louie, C.K. returned to stand-up and released two wildly popular comedy specials, Shameless and Chewed Up. After garnering a following from those specials and a small pool of notable acting gigs, C.K. made a full-on comeback to cable networking for his new FX original series, Louie. And I think it's safe to say that this round's a knockout. Louie follows the quasi-fictional life of the real Louis C.K. as he struggles with a recent divorce and raising two daughters in New York City. While the show is loosely based on C.K.'s actual life, the show is more a hybrid between thematically relevant segments of stand-up comedy in relation to fictional vignettes that C.K. writes, directs, edits and stars in. To Read More Click Here .