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post #451 of 948
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What an amazing show. Does anybody know where it was filmed?

 

"The logistical complications were considerable. First, they tried to shoot the show while on a USO tour, but that proved impossible. With the Army's help, they then looked at shooting at Fort Bliss in Texas. When that, too, didn't work out, they finally settled on shooting in the desert of Santa Clarita, Calif."
 

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=14390781

post #452 of 948

I love this show so much that when I talk about it I sound pretentious. Or maybe I always sound that way, just moreso when it's with this show. But fuck, it's really good looking and funny and emotionally honest and smart and I don't think there's anything else quite like it.

post #453 of 948

This show just keeps getting better and better.

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Originally Posted by Joseph P. Brenner View Post

I forgot this one.

 

http://www.louisck.net/2009/08/uso-blog-baghdad-day-day-two.html


That's so damn cool. Between his work in the USO & this last ep, I'd say that Louie has just about crossed over into "national treasure" territory.

post #456 of 948

That was one damn fine hour of TV.

post #457 of 948

Playing catch up. Just saw the subway/pamela episode. Louie certainly has guilt about the homeless. The issue comes up consistently in his acts and the show. That said, I was dying in the opening with the street performer playing classical violin and then a homeless man setting up shop right behind him ti take a water bottle bath. That is one of the most accurate portrayals of NYC I've seen put on TV. Louie's awkward dates are always... awkward. I'm not sure how to feel about them. I can't identify with Louie at all. I mean I'm awkward on dates, but he takes it to another level. "This food is so good, I can't wait to shit it out" was indeed a good line. Hope the remaining eps go online soon. I want more now!

post #458 of 948

ive rewatched the duckling episode at least 5 times since DVR'ing it. digital proof that this, overall, the BEST show on television today

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I think what I like most about this show is the way Louie strives to humanize people. I just watched the Joan Rivers episode. I had never given her much thought (and most of what I did think of her was negative) but man Louie flipped my perception of her. She's a woman, a person, a workaholic, a fucking pro. The way she tells Louie to go apologize to the casino's floor manager and chides him for not knowing his name... such a great moment. I'm thinking of the Afghani nationals laughing alongside the US Soldiers, or Dane Cook, or the random extras and working class individuals and subway denizens who are treated with dignity. Louie paints a dark and vicious world, and his material certainly doesn't suffer fools, but there's a respect for life that's quite unlike anything else on TV at the moment. 

 

 

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Yeah, "You learn people's names on your way up so you'll remember them on the way down" seems like such an old school professional thing to say, I'd be surprised if it didn't actually come from Rivers and wasn't scripted.

 

And the whole respect this show exhibits towards people who'd only serve as easy fodder in other shows (and still getting the laughs) may be Louie's best characteristic. I cannot think of another comedy that would treat the anti-masturbation girl the way Louie did. Especially coming from a comedian as dirty and liberal minded as Louis CK. He's operating at the peak of his powers, he knows it and he seems determined to make it emphatically clear for years to come.

post #461 of 948

That quality of empathy that this show has came through to me LOUD and CLEAR in the first season, when Louie follows the bully to his house and ends up sharing a moment with the bully's dad.  That was probably my favorite episode last season.  I think I was actually shocked by how that episode progressed.  So when the show dealt with the anti-masturbation girl as it did, it wasn't too surprising.  It was still amazing, of course.  

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Yeah, "You learn people's names on your way up so you'll remember them on the way down" seems like such an old school professional thing to say, I'd be surprised if it didn't actually come from Rivers and wasn't scripted.

That's a fairly well-known showbiz cliche.

 

For more on Joan, check out A Piece of Work. Fascinating.

post #463 of 948

This is from nearly a year ago, but still... Louie is awesome.

 

http://gizmodo.com/5658621/how-louis-ck-shoots-and-edits-his-own-show

post #464 of 948
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That's a fairly well-known showbiz cliche.

 

For more on Joan, check out A Piece of Work. Fascinating.



Yeah it's a great doc. So good and yet so sad in alot of ways.

post #465 of 948

Joan is very underrated. She was a trailblazer and unfortunately doesn't get the respect that other comediennes her age get. Glad to see Louie giving her her props because she very much deserves it.

post #466 of 948

Anyone else wish Louie would go back and redact the Ricky Gervais material from S1? Maybe the Stephen Root dentist/ rapist bit too. Don't get me wrong, initially I very much liked that stuff, but it seems inconsequential considering the direction of the series now. I can't imagine revisiting those bits as much (or at all) when compared to the Bully or God or Mom episodes, episodes with real, painful truth. Just something I thought of now, maybe I should give them a rewatch and see how they hold up. 

post #467 of 948

No way.

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post #469 of 948

Absolutely not. Those bits are great, and hilarious to revisit. Let's not lose sight of the fact that, although it's more than a comedy, it's still a comedy. C.K. has proven himself to be a filmmaking auteur, but he's also a great comedian and I don't want him or us to disappear up our own asses with the serious side. This is a great show because it combines real painful truth with rapey Stephen Root and assholish Ricky Gervais and such.

post #470 of 948

And creepy David Patrick Kelly, who I miss most of all.

post #471 of 948
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Anyone else wish Louie would go back and redact the Ricky Gervais material from S1? Maybe the Stephen Root dentist/ rapist bit too. Don't get me wrong, initially I very much liked that stuff, but it seems inconsequential considering the direction of the series now. I can't imagine revisiting those bits as much (or at all) when compared to the Bully or God or Mom episodes, episodes with real, painful truth. Just something I thought of now, maybe I should give them a rewatch and see how they hold up. 

 

Why?

 

The way show shifts in tone and style from episode to episode makes it great. Some episodes may have a laugh or two at best and some are just flat out absurd, which isn't something that has magically gone away with the current season. Would you erase the pilot of season 2 since a  good chunk of the episode is build up to a big fart joke? It's almost as if you're wishing that Louis would to pull a Spielberg and replace the machine guns with walkie-talkies.
 

post #472 of 948
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Originally Posted by hexx462 View Post

It's almost as if you're wishing that Louis would to pull a Spielberg and replace the machine guns with walkie-talkies.

 



Whoa! I figured that would be a controversial opinion but I didn't anticipate that comparison! I was thinking redacted in metaphorical terms. But you guys are right, it's a silly suggestion. I hung out with some UCLA film school brats recently and they must be rubbing off on me. I guess what it just comes down to is the Asshole Doctor/ Rapist Dentist bits never worked for me; they feel oddly unoriginal. It has nothing to do with whether it's lowbrow or not. The stuff with the fart joke buildup is lowbrow I guess but I love it. It felt organic and it was compelling. The aforementioned stuff just didn't jive. 

 

David Patrick Kelly however was a real standout in the first season. I was disappointed CK chose not to bring him back this time. 

post #473 of 948

I've been listening to some of Louie's "Opie & Anthony" appearances, and he explains on them why he doesn't like to have many recurring characters and why he throws in things that don't gel with the rest of the series. He just enjoys doing things incongruous with everything else in order to foil audience expectations. He's well aware that the Ricky Gervais character didn't "fit the rest of the season" because he didn't do any other "cartoonly stupid characters like that", but that was deliberate.

 

He even gets off on stuff like that upsetting fans of the show because they don't fit (he also brings up the example of the girl going off in the helicopter). He explained, "If something's not what you're used to, you might find something different to laugh at, and there's nothing better in life[...]the best thing you can do is to find entertainment or humour or intrigue in a location of peoples' minds that they haven't found it before". 

 

I think this stuff is good because it makes the show diverse and unpredictable. It never bothers me. He had another great quote in one of the guest spots about how people have trouble adjusting to things that don't unfold the way they expect. It goes - "[People think] this isn't what I am sure is already good...so I hate it". I think that's an excellent way to explain why people give up on a show quickly because it's too different from what they're used to.

 

Everyone has shows they like because the show does a certain formula well, but sometimes it's hard to see a show that does things differently and think, "well, maybe I'll end up liking this for different reasons than most stuff I like...maybe it can be good in a different way"It's much easier to decide that a show where things don't work like they do on what you usually like is simply flawed.

 

I don't mind the offbeat elements of "Louie".  The only time the show really frustrates me is when I feel like the points Louie is making are just too obvious or he's repeating himself. This is because I expect more from Louis C.K. as someone who has proven time and time again how creative and insightful he can be. From "Moving" to "Country Drive", I felt the show was becoming derivative and ham-fisted with its messages, but for the rest of seasons 1 and 2, I think it's been consistently stellar, even with the wackier bits thrown in. 

 

I don't see what was so unoriginal about the dentist and doctor bits. Louie said in one of his radio appearances that the dentist bit actually happened to him almost exactly as it did in the show (at least the gas-induced hallucination part) and I've never seen anything like it. The doctor bit wasn't as inspired because it was playing off the Ricky Gervais giggling jackass persona, but I can't say I've seen a doctor like that on television before. Dr. Hibbert on "The Simpsons" did laugh inappropriately at his patients sometimes, but he was never even close to being as obnoxious as the Ricky Gervais doctor. I hate to use a cliché here, but I can't think of a better way to describe this guy than by saying Dr. Ben on "Louie" was like Dr. Hibbert on steroids.

post #474 of 948

God I love the Doctor and Dentist stuff. Gervais's scenes, in particular, were amongst the funniest the show has had. And seriously, calling his secretary in to see Louie's penis? How on earth is that character contrived?

post #475 of 948

The quirky characters.  The beautiful shot composition.  The surprising poignancy.  Every episode of this show has become like a 22-minute Wes Anderson film.

post #476 of 948
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Oh shit, I just watched his "Goodbye Jews" bit on Conan. This has to be the funniest thing I've heard in years. I cannot speak about the guy in anything but hyperbole.



The other day as I was walking down the street I suddenly heard GOODBYE JEWS in my head and burst out laughing. That man gets into your brain.

post #477 of 948

Oh god... the last moment in this episode nearly had me in tears.  In less than 20 minutes, the show said more with so much more elegance than most films that deal with the "kid at your door" cliche.

post #478 of 948

Yeah, it's a... difficult episode. Not really any laughs, but a really acute sense of humanism. Fascinating stuff.

post #479 of 948

Wow. I have no problem repeating myself a million times. The best show on TV now, bar none.

 

The B&W stuff was a nice nod to his old short films, too. I loved him trying to do crowd-work to impress his niece and bombing. And I loved the "I'm gonna open this door to make sure I'm not having a dead kid in my house right now."

post #480 of 948

I forgot to add how awesome Nick DiPaolo's line about teenage girls was. 

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Yeah, it's a... difficult episode. Not really any laughs, but a really acute sense of humanism. Fascinating stuff.


 

But no matter how serious the subject matter of the actual narrative, the stand-up interstitials are always gold.

 

"Do the thing that's the point of this place!"

post #482 of 948

I'm curious as to whether the show will follow up on this development with the niece.  This hasn't been a show that's been particularly attached to any continuity. 

I think it's beautiful as is.  But I also wouldn't mind it being referenced again. 

post #483 of 948

I know the show isn't about any kind of continuity, but i'd be really let down if they just let that story go.

 

At least the sister character was set up in an earlier episode.

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I know the show isn't about any kind of continuity, but i'd be really let down if they just let that story go.

 

At least the sister character was set up in an earlier episode.

 

I would be very let down if nothing came of this story, it ended in a way that suggested things would continue this week. I really enjoy that child actor and look forward to seeing more of her, the part where she said her mom screams fuck in her face was heartbreaking. She sells that role.
 

 

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If there's anyone who can fill the hole George Carlin left, it's Louis CK.

post #487 of 948

I can't stand waiting. Hulu is only up to episode 7. I want to join in the conversation!!!

post #488 of 948

It was almost like 2 episodes, but interesting.  Throwing both Steven Wright and Chris Rock at us was kind of distracting but in a good way.  Louie's handjob reaction is hilarious and way too on the nose.  For some reason I'm happy to see Louie make himself miserable without even knowing it at the end.  It seems appropriate.

post #489 of 948

That airport scene reminded me of that thing "The Simpsons" used to do where they'd really lay the moving, sentimental stuff on thick, and then right at the end hit you with a huge laugh. I know this show has brought a lot of people to tears, but while many episodes have moved me, this was the first one in which I started to go teary a bit. But then, just when my eyes were about to get really watery, the miscommunication scene happened and I was laughing.

 

Not as many big laughs this season, but that scene totally made up for it. That last moment where Louie is so happy he can't even walk towards the door properly was so sweet and pathetically funny at the same time. Some marvelous acting with Louie making those puppy dog eyes at Pamela as she walks away too. Although I feel season 1 was more consistent overall, I think season 2 is more deserving of awards and I really hope next year he gets the acting nomination again and actually wins it. 

 

Also, I guess it's "Scarface" supporting players week on television, because after Manny on "Breaking Bad", we've now got Omar Suarez (better known as Salieri from "Amadeus") on "Louie". I didn't even recognize him until he was identified in a review I read.

post #490 of 948
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 we've now got Omar Suarez (better known as Salieri from "Amadeus") on "Louie". I didn't even recognize him until he was identified in a review I read.

 

Is this a joke, or do you not know who F Murray Abraham is?
 

ETA: To make me sound like less of a dick, I keep coming into this thread wanting to write about how much I love my show and I find everything I wanted to say having already been said. Just gotta say that you guys are almost as great as the show itself.

 

post #491 of 948

She was referring to him by the name of his character from SCARFACE, just like she referred to Steven Bauer as Manny. And it took me a second to recognize him as well, because he's not in much these days.

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Originally Posted by Spike Marshall View Post

 

 Just gotta say that you guys are almost as great as the show itself.


Thanks!

 

post #493 of 948

I actually spent that entire scene going "Is that F. Murray Abraham?  That guy looks almost exactly like him..."

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Is this a joke, or do you not know who F Murray Abraham is?
 

ETA: To make me sound like less of a dick, I keep coming into this thread wanting to write about how much I love my show and I find everything I wanted to say having already been said. Just gotta say that you guys are almost as great as the show itself.

 



Well it's not a joke and I know who he is. I just think it's fun to refer to people as characters they played rather than just their names (especially when the character they played was in a movie I love). I figured a little whimsy wouldn't hurt. cool.gif P.S. Dan, I'm a dude. 

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Whoops, sorry. Could've sworn you were a lady. I must be confusing you with another poster.

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Whoops, sorry. Could've sworn you were a lady. I must be confusing you with another poster.



And for Dan, that drunken night of furious CHUD masturbation somehow just got a little bit more awkward.

post #497 of 948

But only a little...

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Today is Louis C.K.'s birthday. God bless that man. His comedy specials and his show have been of immense comfort to me over the past month as I've tried to adjust to the challenges of taking a new job in a new country. I hope he gets that 'African sleep' (without being interrupted by his kids for once) he alluded to in the opening of "New Jersey/Airport" or something equally gratifying. Somehow, despite how grumpy, bitter, and scathing he is towards society and people in general through his comedy, I find the stories and philosophies of it often uplifting and life-affirming. I think nobody does foul-mouthed, yet eloquent and insightful observation of the human condition better these days. 

post #499 of 948

Happy birthday Louis CK, you fat, chronically-masturbating sack of shit!

 

 

post #500 of 948

Ugh. Still behind. Hulu is only up to episode 10. I love that Louie dedicated a whole episode to the joys of masturbation and then followed that with an ep about a long lost friend popping by to say he's gonna off himself. That is just the sort of flow that only Louie can get away with. The Halloween episode is next. I've scrolled past enough posts in this thread to know going in that it'll be one to pay attention to.

 

I'm waiting to read through this when I have more time, but you all should partake. The AV Club interviewed Louie who gives an episode by episode breakdown of the season: http://www.avclub.com/articles/louis-ck-walks-us-through-louies-second-season-par,61888/

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