Janet's seasonal rants, Part 1. Louis CK.

Janet's seasonal rants, Part 1. Louis CK.

Louis C K is not  funny.

What madness has crowned him as the new humor  icon?

He is dour, self-indulgent and controlling.  He is late 40's, and still goes to masturbating jokes for the easy laugh. Ew. Grow up, sir.

The lovable loser stereotype can be endearing.  Eeyore comes to mind as an archetype.  It works for him because he is surrounded by adorable optimists and friends. Louis CK  is not lovable or endearing. In his comedy show, he has no friends to speak of to dilute the gloom. He is not a cute donkey.  Just a mopey jackass.

I know I am relatively alone in this belief.  Steve religiously DVRs his "written by Louis, filmed by Louis, edited by Louis" show.  For me, it the TV equivalent of Ambien.

I suppose his angle is to make all guys think they have a pal in him.  Or to help them come to grips with self-love.  As Louis demonstrates, he doesn't need women to watch, care- or love him.  He can sell out a show on his website in a nano second.   The fraternity of other comics loves him, envies him, and will all hope to replace him when his reign is over.  (Remember Dane Cook?)

I'll grant you that he is more accessible than Larry David, formerly a comedy icon, and his comedy cousin.  Larry's OCD was a hard sell for me, too...but because his persona is oddly similar to my dear husband's.  One only needs so much OCD in her life.  But isn't the goal of stand-up comedy to make the audience laugh, not empathize?

What am I missing?  Maybe I am just in a dour place myself. Help me understand Louis CK.

But I'm just getting warmed up with my ranting.  It's fall, and sunshine turns to gloom.  Me too.

Buckle up.



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  • I get that he can be gloomy. You should watch his latest standup, though. Louie himself says that the vague "character" on his show is less motivated than he actually is (yeah, probably to make audiences empathize). I think a "buddy" is what a lot of successful comics go for -- Galifianakis, Gaffigan, Hedburg, Birbiglia, even George Carlin.... Weren't they all speaking for the everyman?

  • Janet,
    I'm not at all familiar w Louie CK's show or his stand up. I learned of him through the brilliant comic Tig Notaro. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in both breasts just a day before a scheduled appearance where Louie was headlining. She decided to go on anyway, and her set was so sensational that Louie decided to offer a recording of it for sale on his website with the proceeds going to breast cancer charities. It's really a remarkable, inspiring and yet very funny bit of stand up. I highly recommend it. Because of this connection, I'm willing to bet there's way more to this guy than we think. Much like a certain other funny man we both know and love.

  • My initial thought is that someone who references Pooh characters in the same breath as Louis C K probably won't go for his humor - sort of like bringing up Mr Rogers when analyzing rap music.

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