On the surface, it sounds like a 21st Century update of Seinfeld.  You know, comic plays a version of himself in a show where the story is offset by stand-up footage.  But beyond those surface similarities, Louie owes almost nothing to Jerry Seinfeld’s show.  Just take a look at their acts.  Jerry does a series of pleasant observations.  I like both his comedy and his series quite a lot, but Seinfeld’s act is based around pointing out absurdities.  Louis C.K. has a much more searing and personal style.  Most of his jokes are aimed at himself – his body, his age, his social failings.  (“I finally have the body that I want.  I just have to want my shitty body.”)  Yes, a lot of his jokes are critical of others, including his family.  He’s notorious for calling his three-year-old daughter an asshole (in his act – not to her face), but so much of it is grounded in the idea that he is a bad person for thinking these things.  As a comedian, Louis C.K. hates a lot of people, but none more than he hates himself.  And by developing this, he puts together a better stand-up show than just about anybody in the business.

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3 Responses to Louis C.K. – Turning Farts into Gold

  1. Myndi says:

    Great review…this show is very hard to describe beyond the fleeting Seinfeld similarity and I think you’ve done it well. It really does have to be seen to be believed. I love how Louis doesn’t care to follow any conventions. On a recent talk show appearance, he said that season he had a brother, and now the brother’s just gone, and he now has two sisters, both of whom we’ve already seen this season. Continuity, be damned! He says all the stuff no one will say.

  2. Mrs. Weber says:

    I never thought about the Seinfeld similarity – nice catch. I also love Louie – he definitely can push boundaries on the show at times, but it’s done in such a brilliant manner that you can’t help but giggle. I watched it a ton when my baby girl would get up in the middle of the night – it’s the best thing on at 3 a.m. Great piece, EJ!

  3. EJ says:

    Thanks, Mrs. Weber and Myndi! You know, on the DVD he talks about his TV brother. Basically, he really likes the actor, but since he doesn’t have a brother in real life, he can’t think of any more stories for him. He’s like the 21st Century Chuck Cunningham!

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