If you watched Louie recently, you’ve been seeing the most interesting show on television play out. In a way that’s so weirdly compelling and honest, you can’t help but watch and enjoy.
Mostly because other shows don’t deal with ambiguous nature of reality. They don’t have a protagonist who’s a walking wound of real emotion, they don’t have a man living through important issues playing out — they have wacky laff tracks and repetitive tropes. They have overused jokes and situations that’ve repeated since the days of The Honeymooners.
Louie has a man wrestling with issues. Issues like Dane Cook. The comedians butted head with each other on radio programs where Cook was accused of stealing premises — and Louie wrote a plot into his show where Dane Cook and him have to chat over tickets he wants for his daughter.
You can watch how the scene plays out, but it can’t be overstated what a bitch Dane Cook is. Even when he’s trying to portray himself as not a little bitch, he chews on scenery, subcommunicates that he overestimates his own value as a comic, and does stuff like tell Steve Byrne that he’s stealing his essence. What a hack.
Louis C.K.’s been nominated for an Emmy in the best actor category this year.