Love him or hate him, Louis C.K. is OK in 'Louie'

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Louis C.K. stars in

Louis C.K. stars in "Louie," a new comedy airing on FX. Photo Credit: FX Photo

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THE SHOW "Louie"

WHAT IT'S ABOUT In this show, Louis C.K. plays a version of himself, a divorced 42-year-old standup comedian with two daughters. Each episode offers two vignettes. In Tuesday's pilot, Louie goes on a field trip with his daughters and then has an uncomfortable date.

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Like "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Louie" traffics in comedy of the uncomfortable as the sad sack Louie gets into one pathetic scrape after another. The show is more of a tragicomedy than an out-and-out comedy.

In one episode, Louie looks up on Facebook a childhood friend he had a crush on. In another, guest star Ricky Gervais appears as a doctor friend of Louie's who razzes him during a medical exam.

MY SAY Credit the show with busting through political correctness in some episodes with surprisingly frank discussions on hot-button issues, including political extremism (liberal Louie and a conservative comic argue about the election of President Barack Obama) and the impact of an epithet for gays (that comes in the same episode as a Louie standup routine on bestiality, which is an unfortunate pairing of topics).

BOTTOM LINE Often profane and occasionally offensive, "Louie" won't be to every viewer's taste, but it's a more interesting show than many with a definitive point of view.


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