There’s another episode in the first season that is made up almost entirely of a flashback to Louie’s days in Catholic school.  A nun decides to teach him a lesson for being disrespectful, and brings in a man to re-enact the Crucifixion in alarming detail.  He describes what crucifixion does to a human body, he shows off the nails that they would have used, and it’s a real glimpse of horror.  Those children are traumatized.  And that’s the episode – Louis C.K. only appears briefly, and you can count the number of jokes on your fingers, but it’s absolutely riveting.  The most recent episode was mostly built around a long conversation between Louie and Joan Rivers.  In fact, Rivers does most of the talking.  Louie is reduced to a supporting role.  And what she’s saying is legitimately interesting and sort of inspirational.  Again, it’s light on jokes, but the ones that are there just killer.  Joan Rivers had me gasping for breath by the end, and it was just this perfect half-hour.

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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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