Louie doesn’t exhibit anything resembling classic sitcom structure.  You don’t get subplots splitting the characters up so that everybody has something to do.  Heck, sometimes there aren’t conclusions or resolutions, and occasionally you get an episode that doesn’t really have any jokes in the traditional sense.  Most episodes are made up of two short vignettes, separated by stand-up footage.  There’s no three-act structure here.  Like life, sometimes things just happen.  Louie (The actual guy’s name is spelled “Louis”, but the show is “Louie”.  It’s a good way to draw a distinction between the person and the character, I suppose.) goes to the doctor and the doctor makes fun of him for being fat and having weird genitals.  (“That’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen, and my father hung himself in front of me.  While he was masturbating.”)  There isn’t a real story there – it’s a thing that happens to Louie.  It feels like he’s just documenting something without commenting on it.

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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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