Friday, July 1, 2011
TV SHOW REVIEW: LOUIE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON DVD / BLURAY
Synopsis: Louis C.K. as a successful stand-up comedian and newly single father raising two daughters in New York.
Cast: Louis C.K., Hadley Delany and Ursula Parker
If you haven’t seen any of Louie C.K.’s stand up, I’d recommend it first and foremost. That way you’ll have a solid understanding of the type of humor C.K. offers up. Personally, I find his stand up hilarious and I’m hardly in the minority as Louie C.K. is considered one of the best stand up comedians in the biz. He’s had bit roles here and there in films and TV shows but this show is entirely him. He writes and directs every episode so this is firmly his vision. While I expected the show to be funny, which it is more so than not, it’s also incredibly elegant and even poignant at times. The episodes are written and directed with a deft hand really highlighting the level of talent that C.K. posses. It’s simplistic but complex at the same time. The show is a mixture of his stand up and narrative parts which are semi autobiographical. The show stays grounded in reality most of the time but occasionally it’ll drift into the reaches of fantasy and visual hyperbole. It’s wonderfully done and even though there are some big tonal shifts throughout the season but it never fails to surprise, impress and crack you up all at once.