I don’t know what I’ve been doing this week but I do know two things: the time has gone by waaaay too fast, and I have only managed to watch one TV show. One. Which a damn sight fewer than my regular. Maybe it’s because I had a birthday on Monday. I do remember my folks always telling me that time flies faster every year.
The show that I managed to watch was worth a mention though.
Season two of Louie kicked off on FOUR on Tuesday night; only a year behind the initial broadcast date in the USA of June 23, 2011. (I’d say it shows how behind we are with some programming, but I actually think that even with AN ENTIRE YEAR of waiting, we are still slowly catching up. Maybe.)
If you haven’t seen Louie, or Louis C.K stand-up for that matter, I’ll give you the run down. Louis is a 40-something divorced father of two living in New York City. In the TV show, he basically stars as a fictionalised version of himself, and each episode is a story or two with interspersed pieces of his stand-up comedy at various NY Comedy clubs.
So, now that I’ve made that sound boring as hell, I’d better tell you why you should watch it.
- Louis CK is mates with Ricky Gervais, which means you get a number of cameos from him and their posse.
- Because Louis CK is playing a character that his based on himself, he’s basically giving you the green light to laugh at him as well as with him. Like in this scene: “You’re so god damned OLD”
- His stand up is bloody brilliant, so just shut up and watch it.
WATCH THIS ONE. AND THIS ONE TOO. But don’t watch them if you don’t like swear words please.
Episode one of season two is as good a place as ever to start watching the series. The great thing about this show is that it is easy to pick up on and the vignette style means that you don’t really need to know what happened last week to enjoy it. In this episode, Louie’s pregnant sister comes to visit, and a medical emergency leads to an insane trip to the hospital, blah blah blah. The plot isn’t really the redeeming feature of the show. My favourite parts are with the daughters, whose youth leans towards brutal honesty, meaning that downtime with the kids is a vital source of humour for the show. Such as when he is helping Ursula brush her teeth, and she says to Louie "I like mom's [house] better, because she makes good food. And I love her more, so I like being there more." (Louie does a great job of hiding his disappointment, but when she leaves the room, he flips her the bird).
I wish I could show you more clips but I can’t really find much out there, so I guess that means you’ll have to go and watch the actual for real show instead of me spoon feeding it to you. In the meantime, here are the promos for Season 2 and Season 3 so that you know what you are dealing with. Maybe it will inspire you to stick it to the man and watch Season 3 online.