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New FX comedies include Louie from Louis C.K.

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 21st 2009 2:02PM
Louis C.K. from HilariousFX has announced a couple of interesting new additions to its slate of comedies - The League, about a fantasy football league, and Louie, an autobiographical sitcom starring Louis C.K. (Variety broke the news Wednesday). The League features some talented comedians, namely Paul Scheer (from Human Giant), Nick Kroll, and Jon Lajoie. But it's Louie that I'm most interested in.

Louis C.K. is, hands down, the funniest and most productive comedian working in America today. He has taped his third stand-up special in three years, called Hilarious, which is set to come out later this year or early next year. I've seen him perform the material for it, and it's just as funny as the first two. And he's already dropped most of that material in favor of a new hour of material intended for another special. That's a tremendous pace for any stand-up comedian. George Carlin, the guy who inspired C.K. to do this, is the only other comic I can think of to keep to a schedule like that.

I've spoken to C.K. about this in the past, and he's committed to that pace. If landing this sitcom doesn't change that, he's going to have to write constantly to keep up with both. The thing that might save him is that his stage act is very much rooted in his real life, and so will Louie. According to FX, the show is "filtered through the observational humor of Louis C.K. and his daily life as a successful stand-up comedian and newly single father raising his two daughters in New York." That happens to describe C.K.'s current circumstances.

On his Web site, C.K. says, "This show is insanely fun. I'm starring in it, writing, directing and editing it. The show will be shot in New York City, my home." It also notes the show will premiere in the first part of 2010. FX should be a good fit for C.K., as well. He won't have quite the same freedom he had with HBO's Lucky Louie, but he also won't have the same sort of pressure that came with that show. He was trying to reinvent the half-hour sitcom as a more gritty, true-to-life feel, including profanity and, as the warnings tell us, brief nudity.

But FX is home to series like Rescue Me and Nip/Tuck, which push the boundaries of what can be done on cable outside of the premium networks, and I have no doubt that Louie will keep pushing. Can't wait for the 2010 Louie premiere.

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scott

i miss lucky louie...

August 21 2009 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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