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.