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So so good, the episode with Doug Stanhope is so bleak/hilarious.
i think the occasional depressing nature of it makes it funnier and makes me enjoy it more. But then schadenfruede is one of my favourite ways of gaining pleaure
he writes and tours a new hour of standup every year as well as writing, directing, editing and starring in louie. it's a big day for me if i make a pan of soup.
Like the Jesus-crucixion one in Season 1, and the duckling-in-Afghanistan one in Season 2 - just cringe-inducing. Comedians should always have someone around who's employed specifically to hit them across the face with a large wet fish as soon as they start getting all serious & messagey.
what was the message of duckling btw?
Something about how the innocence/naivete of children triumphs over the violence/suspicion of adults (e.g. when they meet some armed Afghan locals and things look like they're about to get nasty, then the duckling makes them all laugh and then they're all friends). Talk about laid on with a fucking trowel.
there were a few too many shots of helicopters with shitty music playing, and that guy with the guitar was a bit of a belm, but other than that it was decent.
He actually did a tour of Afghanistan with that country singer and some cheerleaders.
is much of the other stuff based on his life? A lot of the stuff with his kids feels like it could easily be real (the Halloween episode).
At any minute you were expecting the Christian guy to be berated or something and it's a testament to how good this show is that it never went down that road.
i thought you were gonna say ''the message is don't be cynical as a matter of course'' and the i was gonna be like ''yeah you should really heed that'' and strut off into the distance.
imo the complete lack of cynicism was really refreshing and, like ant says further down, kinda subversive.
It's incredible how it manages to be so funny, dark, depressing, touching, surreal and gross usually within every episode. It's setting a whole new bar for TV comedy at the minute.
although I wish he'd eat his crusts.
at the start
Too fixated on the pizza