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'Louie' Rushes His Pregnant Sister to the Hospital in Pain (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 24th 2011 3:41AM
'Louie' - 'Pregnant'Louis C.K. returned to FX for the second season premiere of 'Louie' (Thu., 10:30PM ET on FX) picking up tonally right where he left off, awkward and hilarious. The most awkward moment, though, didn't involve Louis at all.

His seven-month pregnant sister stopped by, and it was her screams that awoke Louis, his daughters and even his neighbors. So Louis had to learn how to make friends with the neighbors so he could get his sister to the hospital and someone would be able to stay with his daughters.

But it was at the hospital that the source of his sister's pain became awkwardly -- and loudly -- apparent. We can only imagine what the hospital bill would be for that gaseous burst. Clearly, she felt better afterward, but just wait for that sticker shock.

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Louis C.K.: 'When You're 43, If You Wanna Get High, You've Gotta Wait 'Til You Hurt Your Back' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 23rd 2011 4:00AM
Louis C.K., 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'Louis C.K. took an important step toward recovery in admitting that he was an occasional addict. On 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC), C.K. talked about how much more difficult it is to get high when you're in your 40s.

"When you're 43, if you want to get high you've got to wait until you hurt your back," he explained.

But the beauty of that, is that doctors give you great medicines like Percocet. "When I get Percocet, I am a Percocet addict," he told Jay Leno. "I don't refill it, but during that bottle, if I drop it and you pick it up, I'll suck your **** to get it back!"

Leno wasn't quite prepared for this shocking visual, so he had C.K. repeat it while he was drinking some water so it could get the spit-take it deserved.

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Review: 'Louie' Is a Strangely Sublime Slice of One Guy's Life

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 22nd 2011 4:00PM
'Louie' (10:30PM ET Thursday, FX) isn't one of those shows where you need to give it half a season before you decide whether it's for you or not. The terrific 'Louie' is such a fully formed, cogent expression of comedian Louis C.K.'s distinctive mind that you'll know a few minutes into the first episode whether his sensibility aligns with yours.

Without giving too much away, in the first scene of the season, one of Louie's kids makes a casual statement that is heartbreaking. The kid doesn't know what she's said is hurtful; she's just being honest. There's zero melodrama in the scene, and Louie's reaction to his daughter's statement is funny because it's both realistic and brutally honest.

He doesn't punish the kid at all, but the rawness of his eventual reaction is painfully hilarious. It's a reaction I can picture having myself.

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'Louie' Season 2 Red Carpet Interview With Louis C.K. (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Jun 21st 2011 7:00PM
The first season of 'Louie' succeeded where many other stand-up driven shows have failed, seamlessly melding comedian Louis C.K.'s darkly hilarious worldview into one of the funniest sitcoms on TV.

Written, directed by and starring C.K. himself, 'Louie' mixes the incisive perspective he's brought to his stand-up act for years with sitcom-style vignettes that portray the everyday absurdities of regular life.

AOL TV caught up with C.K. at his red carpet premiere event at Caroline's Comedy Club in New York to ask him a few questions about Season 2 of 'Louie' (premieres Thurs., June 23, 10:30PM ET on FX).

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TCA Awards Nominate 'Justified,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Community'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 13th 2011 4:35PM
Critics tend to rave about dramas like 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Good Wife,' 'Mad Men' and 'Justified,' so it was no surprise to learn that all those awards picked up multiple nominations from the Television Critics Association, which announced its TCA Awards nominees Monday.

The Television Critics Association is an organization of more than 200 television critics and journalists, and this year, the group made some pretty unimpeachable choices.

On the comedy side, 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Louie,' 'Modern Family' and 'Community' picked up multiple nominations.

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EXCLUSIVE: Check Out a Deleted Scene From the 'Louie' Season 1 DVD

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 10th 2011 12:30PM
LouieThe second season of 'Louie,' the FX comedy from standup comedian Louis C.K., premieres in two short weeks. But if you can't wait until June 23 for your fill of cynical (but hysterical) musings on parenthood and New York City life, AOL TV is here to help.

In this exclusive deleted scene from the Season 1 DVD set, available on DVD and Blu-ray June 21, Louie puts his parenting skills to work as he begs and pleads his youngest daughter to apologize for her tantrum. It's nice when we see his softer side, no? Observing the prickly comedian's vulnerability is one of the show's most endearing traits.

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Talking TV Podcast on What You Should Do on Your Summer Vacation

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 11th 2011 3:00PM
The rest of the month will be filled with season finales and news about various cancellations and pickups, but this week, before all that madness hits, Ryan McGee and I thought we'd try a different format for the Talking TV podcast.

We each offered three suggestions for shows to catch up on over the summer. My suggestions: 'Battlestar Galactica' (which BBC America is re-running starting June 11, not June 18, as I mistakenly state in the podcast), 'Deadwood' and 'Louie' (which returns on FX in June). Ryan's suggestions: 'Alias,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Sons of Anarchy.'

During the recording of the podcast, news of the cancellation of 'The Chicago Code' broke, so we briefly spoke about the Fox news as well. Running times for each section of the conversation are below.

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Seinfeld, Louis C.K., Rock and Gervais Discuss the N-Word on 'Talking Funny' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 24th 2011 11:19PM
Ricky Gervais, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock & Louis C.K., 'Talking Funny'While on the surface, 'Talking Funny' (Fri., 9PM ET on HBO) may seem similar to what was happening on 'Green Room with Paul Provenza,' but this special seemed to be even more raw and honest. Perhaps it was the absence of the audience, or the level of the comedians on the show -- Jerry Seinfeld, Ricky Gervais, Chris Rock and Louis C.K. There was just something fascinating about this discussion.

These are masters at their craft, and as revealed throughout the hour, they're also very different in what they do and even why they do it. No stone was left unturned in dissecting how they approach their comedy, nor was any topic off-limits. They even got into a lengthy debate about the N-word.

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Louis C.K. Says We're Feeding Our Kids Insanity And Then Wondering Why They're Insane (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 10th 2011 6:23AM
'Louis C.K.: Hilarious'Comedy Central finally brought 'Louis C.K.: Hilarious' (Sun., 10PM on Comedy Central) to basic cable. Released last year, it became the first stand-up comedy film to be accepted as a part of the Sundance Film Festival.

There's nothing special or unique about it, other than it being classic Louis C.K. It just seems to be the one that's catching on the most with audiences. It's happening at the same time as C.K.'s star seems to be on the rise in general, with him finally finding success on television with FX's 'Louie.'

The stand-up special, like his series, covers all the mundane aspects of life as C.K. sees it; which is just the way his fans like it; including an attack on modern parents. According to C.K., it's no wonder our kids are fat and have A.D.D. Look at what we're forcing them to eat.

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The 5 Funniest TV Clips of the Week (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Sep 11th 2010 2:00PM
We get it. Summer's winding down, work is back in full swing after a long holiday weekend, and you need a laugh. We've collected the five funniest TV moments from the past week for your viewing pleasure here. Prepare yourselves for two hysterical cameos, heavy flirting between a late-night host and an actress, an emotional freak-out and more. We dare you not to chuckle.

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'Louie' Season Finale Moment: Louie's Life is Kids and Comedy ... and That's OK (VIDEO)

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 8th 2010 11:30AM
Louie shares pancakes with his daughters in 'Louie' on FXThe first season finale of 'Louie' (Tuesdays at 11PM ET on FX) felt like a season finale, like Louie was summarizing not only the past season but also telling audiences "this is who I am." My guess is that he made it almost as a series finale, because his experience with 'Lucky Louie' taught him that a second season was far from a guarantee.

The episode is Louie, and 'Louie,' in a nutshell: awkward dates, stand-up comedy, and being a dad. In fact, in a lot of respects, it's not much different from what we saw in the pilot, where Louie did stand-up, went on a field trip with one of his daughters, and went on an awkward date. There's no revelations in this season, no epiphanies; this is what his life is ... and that's OK.

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'Louie' Moment: Louie's Doctor Kicks Him While He's Down (VIDEO)

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 8th 2010 9:40AM
Louis C.K. and Ricky Gervais in 'Louie' on FXLast night, FX closed out the first season of 'Louie' (Tuesdays at 11PM ET on FX) with two new episodes, both of which were of the same vignette-oriented, largely plotless tone as the rest of the season. But both were among the funniest episodes of the season, in both Louis C.K.'s caustic stand-up scenes and the scenes that involve the general mundane hell that is Louie's life.

The first episode of the night involved a weird newswoman-oriented dream and his fumbling attempts to hit on his buddy Pamela (Pamela Aldon), but the kicker was yet another interaction between Louie and his friend / doctor Ben, played by Ricky Gervais.

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When Does a Comedy Stop Being a Comedy?

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 1st 2010 4:29PM
Edie Falco picks up an Emmy for 'Nurse Jackie' at the 2010 Emmy AwardsWhen Edie Falco picked up her Emmy for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Nurse Jackie,' the first words out of her mouth reflected what pretty much everyone watching the ceremony was likely thinking:

"Oh, this is the most ridiculous thing that has ever, ever happened in the history of this lovely awards show," she said. "I'm not funny!"

Falco could have extended that notion to the rest of her show. Sure, 'Nurse Jackie' has its funny moments, and characters like Merritt Wever's Zoey and Peter Facinelli's Coop are there more or less for comic relief. But, for the most part, Falco is dead serious in the title role, and the theme of the show -- Jackie's addictions and how she juggles the various lies in her life -- takes the program to some pretty dark places.

So does that mean it's not a comedy anymore? The popular response is to say "yes," but I'm not so sure, especially after watching the first season of the show 'Louie.'

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'Louie' Moment: Little Louie Learns About Religion From His "Mom" (VIDEO)

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 1st 2010 8:22AM
Young Louie gets a religion lesson from his Last night's episode of 'Louie' (Tue., 11PM ET on FX) was a weird one. There's no way to sugarcoat it. The show's been experimental in nature through the entire season, but last night it went off the comedy grid, so to speak.

Most of the episode involved Louis C.K. flashing back to his days as a kid in Catholic school, and how the battle ax of a teacher he had decided to demonstrate to Louie's class how Jesus died for their sins.

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'Louie' Moment: Louie Tells Off Osama bin Laden

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 25th 2010 10:40AM
Louis C.K. confronts bin Laden in 'Louie' on FX'Louie' (Tuesdays at 11PM ET on FX) has been an interesting ride, hasn't it? Some weeks, you get a cohesive, funny, awkward and poignant story like last week, and some weeks you get random, plotless vignettes like we did in this week's episode. It doesn't mean that the show is any less interesting or funny; this episode had the biggest laughs of the season, in scenes that I can't really repeat here. But episodes like this require more faith on the part of the viewer that Louis C.K. has an idea of where he's going and why he's taking the trip.

And in the first vignette, Louie really did take a trip, going into a drug and gas-induced hallucination at the office of a dentist (played by the always-reliable Stephen Root) who caters to cowards... a little too much. More on that in a bit.

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