Louis C.K.’s Louie: It’s Funny Because It’s True

by Ed Lau on August 15, 2011

Spend any amount of time around me and you’ll quickly find that in terms of humor, I’m not very easily offended. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I’m of the belief that taking offense from jokes just means you take things too seriously. I’m more offended by jokes that simply aren’t funny. If you can find humor in uncomfortable subject matter, then I just can’t see that as wrong. Laughter is a good thing. It’s one part of human life that sets us apart from our animal counterparts. Maybe except the aardvark. Nothing can be named aardvark without being hilarious. That and dogs that look like Chewbacca.

Louis C.K. is one of those comics that really straddles the edge of funny and just plain wrong. I think I first saw Louis C.K.’s standup some time last year after a friend sent me a couple of YouTube clips of his routine. I had heard of him before but never really bothered to look him up. If you’re familiar with his work, then you’ll undoubtedly know what I’m on about but if you aren’t, do a search on YouTube. Maybe not if you’re the sort of person that writes in to complain when someone inadvertently drops an F-bomb or when Janet Jackson can’t keep control over her nipples…as I’m almost sure bits like “The N-Word” will make you throw up in your mouth.

His TV show, Louie, is somewhat of an anomaly as Louis C.K. has almost complete creative control over the show. According to Wikipedia, the show is shot on a RED camera setup and is edited on C.K.’s Macbook Pro. That’s amazing considering how other TV shows employ armies just to make sure the credits scroll properly. It’s a different sort of comedy show with no real structure and the only cast member that shows up in every episode is Louie himself. It seems like the sort of show that C.K. wanted to make and would not be able to if he was controlled by network executives trying to squeeze that extra bit out of the ratings.

It’s a weird show and a lot of it is unexpected. There’s segments of Louis C.K.’s standup at a comedy club weaved in between scenes that reflect his life as a comic and as a recently divorced single father of two girls trying to get back into the world. That’s the quiet portion of the show, which actually happens more often than not. Despite the sort of things Louie says about how much being a parent sucks, it is immediately evident how much he loves his children and how hard he’s trying to be a good father. The things the show says are actually quite profound statements about life, love, and happiness but then it reminds us what kind of show this is with fart, penis and butt jokes just when you’re appreciating the warm fuzzies.

The show just feels very authentic and genuine, like you’re observing an actual moment rather than seeing a show on TV. It’s all actually very well done and brings a sort of strange, artsy feel to some of the dirtiest jokes you’ve ever heard. It might make you see some situations (like with mobile phones, for example) in a different light. I know I find myself agreeing with him a lot on a lot of subjects like censorship, violence and human rights. That’s why this is a great show…there’s still tons of laughs but it’s about more than just the comedy.

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Blogging Tips August 19, 2011 at 7:56 am

his role in perpetuating rumors that Cook stole some of C.K.’s material

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Rent Textbooks Online August 22, 2011 at 8:16 am

I have been watching Louie for a couple years now and he is one of the better comedians out there. His TV sitcom always makes me laugh. Great review.

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Komodo Dragon September 1, 2011 at 12:36 am

I recently became a fan of Louie when I came across some of his Youtube clips in my Facebook feed. I really like his brand of humor as it’s not too PC but not offensive either unless one takes things too seriously, like you said. Watching those clips made me start watching the show as well. I’m amazed he does all the editing himself but it definitely makes it look more natural that way.

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Sourish @ Iphone 4 jailbreak September 2, 2011 at 11:50 am

i want a recorder show of this

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friv September 26, 2011 at 2:53 am

after reading your review, i was wondering who is this guy that received so much appreciation so i search on youtube to find out more and then realized that was such a mistake: i spend all the rest of the afternoon watching and laughing.
Anyway, thank you very much for the great review, i would never know about Louis if it is not your post.
And has anyone heard of Ed Murphy? he is another great standup comedian that i like.

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used tires October 1, 2011 at 7:04 am

I discovered Louie on the internet, on Youtube, probably like most others that didn’t follow him before. I liked his act right from the start and watched almost all of his clips on Youtube and started watching the show too. I really like the way the show works but I wish they would add a bit more humor to it rather than be a mostly dark and broody atmosphere through most of it. Hoping there is a third season and more.

-Jean

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Download Photoshop Free January 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Louis C.K. is one of the funniest comedians I’ve ever seen. He is definitely at the top of my favorites list. And his idea to sell his show for $5 on his website? That was pure genius!

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HouseMusicAddict March 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm

I’m with you as far as comedy not disturbing me. I personally am a big fan of Louis, but I can see why people are hesitant to admit that. He throws political correctness out the window (I fact that I personally love) and almost assumes his audience agrees on his topics. But still a hilarious guy.

Funny sidenote – Ever notice how similar Louis Black and Louis CK are in comedy style? Must be a Lou thing…

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Jogle March 13, 2012 at 2:36 am

He may be bald with a slight amount of ginger hair, but he doesnt let it hold him back. Hes a very funny man with lots of confidence.

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Catherine March 27, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Louis C.K is the best comedian and his confidence rockzz.

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