Louie, a tv show review

A tv show review by: Lee Sonogan

(2010-) 22mins/Comedy, drama

Louie Column 2017

Louie: What happens after you die?
Louie: It’s a big question for human beings.
Louie: What happens after you die?
Louie: Actually, lots of things happen after you die, just none of them include you.

The show is about the life of Louis CK, a divorced comedian with two kids living in New York. Not called a sitcom or a sketch comedy. It is creative in its own way. It is rated 8.6/10 on IMDB. Recently, Louie CK has been accused of sexual misconduct with 5 different women. In his own words, he said that he ‘took advantage of these women. In real life, Louie may have some serious power issues. Do not take that into account before starting this show.

This show is underrated and is surprisingly not as popular as it should be. Louie writes and creates most of the episodes by himself. The series only shoots for three days per week. Louis C.K. has custody of his children for the rest of the week and refuses to shoot on those days. On those days, he edits the episodes while his children are at school. According to C.K., the crew dislikes the schedule but has to accept it.

In the opening credits, when Louie is in the pizzeria, a passerby can be seen extending his middle finger at the camera. This was not planned. According to C.K., he saw this as a good sign that the show would get picked up and he decided to leave the finger in the opening.

For the first two seasons, C.K. wrote a new hour of stand-up material for the stand-up segments in addition to the hour of material he wrote for his specials. When writing the fourth season, Louis C.K. found himself writing so much of a storyline that he ended up having more like a movie screenplay, that was about 180 pages. He decided to shoot it anyway and make it into parts, resulting in the six-part ‘Elevator’ episodes.

Louie’s character is not the best for comedy in the show. All the other actors who interact with him pull of better performances them him. It’s their performance working with Louie that make the show interesting. Most scenes are with 2 or 3 people. This format with originally written scenes by Louie is truly a one of a kind show. A mixture of awkward, dramatic and brutal storytelling is done in a comedic way. I recommend this tv show to everyone who likes the comedian and wants to see a creative comedy show with variety and original ideas.


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