Profoundly Funny: Why You Should Be Watching Louie
Author: Steve West
published: 2010-08-27 02:51:34
The jokester and comedian is one of the few people in history who is given carte blanche to criticize those in power. From the jesters of romanticized days when kings truly ruled the land to Bill Maher cracking jokes at Dick Cheneyís expense these are the people who held those in power accountable. A joke isnít just a way to make an audience laugh; itís also a statement. Sometimes the statement is simplistic, other times itís so overly profound you feel somehow changed for having heard the yarn.
Louis C.K. isnít looking to change the world with his FX show Louie. From the initial series of episodes itís apparent the observational funnyman simply wants to translate his unique comedic tone to television. For whatever reason he picked himself up from a failed HBO sitcom, went back out and did great comedy, and has returned to the masses with a show that is as funny as it is an indictment of the world.
The show mixes brilliantly Louisí hilarious every day outlook on life with an examination on how it is we as a society came to accept things like interracial relationships, use of the word ďfaggot,Ē or dealing with our crazy mom. Not all of it is earth shattering or world changing. In fact, most of what is dealt with on Louie would be considered trivial by most people.
The self-conscious nature of the show keeps the audience from being offended by the observances of these miniscule social oddities. Louis himself is living in the world while playing a character in a made-up world that is nearly identical to the real world, thus allowing us to laugh along with the comedian as we all watch the character of Louie. Never feeling like heís making fun of us, only pointing out our flaws and foibles.
That ability to step away from reality while surreptitiously glancing back is part of the brilliance Louie brings to television. The other piece of the comedy puzzle is pure hilarity. This past weekís episode included a scene that encompasses this idea perfectly. In an anesthetic dream state Louie comes across Osama Bin Laden and during the conversation says, ďI think that 9/11 was a bullshit move.Ē Itís such a childish statement, but itís also a feeling everyone has. You know what? The whole 9/11 situation was a bullshit move.
Look, Louie isnít the most important show on television. And honestly itís more about how much youíll laugh during each episode, which will be in epic amounts. This just happens to be the type of programming that deserves incredible amounts of support. If you donít watch Louie youíre letting the terrorists win. Also your mother is a lesbian with a girlfriend hotter than any chick youíll ever get.
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