After finishing Seinfeld a couple of months ago (read my review HERE), we watched another of Matt’s favourite comedy shows, Louie. In this show too, a popular stand-up comedian – Louis C.K. – plays a fictionalised version of himself. And the similarities with Seinfeld pretty much end here.
Louie appears to be a regular guy. He’s in his 40s and a recently divorced guy, juggling between the part-time care of his two young daughters and his night job as a stand-up comedian at a couple of clubs in New York. A good man, yet he has this aura of a… loser. His dating life has its ups and downs, his sexual life even more, and although he’s appreciated as a comedian, he seems to be stuck in a rut with no major prospects in the future.
Louie’s (or Louis C.K.’s) comedy style is dark. Very dark. He’s also self-deprecating. His stand-up is not after easy laughs. His way of speaking is as unassuming as his attire, but he often talks about delicate subjects like sex and religion in a provoking manner. The end result of his jokes is not just a happy burst of laughter but also bitterness and perhaps even discomfort.