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Poll: What do you think of Louis Ck? (476 votes)

Love him! He's hilarious! 55%
He's funny, not my favourite comedian though. 32%
Never watched him. 5%
Don't like his style of comedy. 5%
He's a big stupid ginger. 3%

Interested to know what the GB community thinks of his comedy.

Just finished watching the first season of 'Louie'. It's a clever show and has some funny moments for sure - the robbery scene - although it didn't have me laughing often. Some of the content - notably Louie's one night stand - was just plain weird.

I've seen a lot of his stand up though and I think that stuff is hilarious.

#1 Edited by wjb (1658 posts) -

Speaking of weird, you'll come to realize (if you haven't already) that Louie has little continuity with its stories/characters. The show is so hilarious, though, it didn't even bother me.

Fourth season isn't for another year. It's killing me!

#2 Posted by cmblasko (1203 posts) -

I like him a lot. He's a really hard-working guy with a unique perspective on things. I think his show deserves all the praise it gets, and his stand-up is among the best out there right now.

#3 Posted by Glottery (1229 posts) -

Watched the first two seasons of Louie over at Netflix, great stuff, though not so much that I'd need to get them on a dvd instead of just waiting. Also enjoyed his apperances in Conan before watching the series.

#4 Edited by Pie (7080 posts) -

I watched one of his stand ups and didn't think much of it. Might give his show a watch though

#5 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5820 posts) -

I don't get the hype

#6 Posted by Thompson820 (410 posts) -

I love his stand-up, love his show but I find the fact that he's regularly on Opie & Anthony really disturbing.

#7 Posted by Oldirtybearon (4728 posts) -

He's been funny on occasion. I don't mind the guy but I don't necessarily agree with all the hype.

#8 Edited by NotTheBees (26 posts) -

@wjb: I saw somewhere that the show gets a lot funnier in season two, would you say thats true?

EDIT: And I love the lack of continuity, makes the show so unique

#9 Posted by pyromagnestir (4302 posts) -

He's fucking funny.

But the show Louie isn't really about being funny. It's just a bunch of vignettes, often entirely unrelated to one another, that Louis decides to make. It's a pretty great show though.

#10 Posted by CallMeTetris (72 posts) -

I'm not a necessarily a huge fan of his stand-up material, though I do find it pretty enjoyable overall and really funny at times. Louie is incredible though, one of my absolute favorite shows.

#11 Posted by BaneFireLord (2928 posts) -

I like his stand up a fair bit but didn't really like what I saw of Louie. I found it excruciatingly cringe worthy.

#12 Edited by CaLe (3964 posts) -

I like him because he seems to have a similar outlook on the world as me. Not a fan of his sex related material though, that stuff is just perverse.

#13 Edited by cmblasko (1203 posts) -

@pyromagnestir said:

He's fucking funny.

But the show Louie isn't really about being funny. It's just a bunch of vignettes, often entirely unrelated to one another, that Louis decides to make. It's a pretty great show though.

Yeah, I think most people go into Louie with the misconception that it is 100% a comedy show. That's what I thought when I started watching it.

@thompson820 said:

I love his stand-up, love his show but I find the fact that he's regularly on Opie & Anthony really disturbing.

Lots of comedians are regulars on O&A, what's wrong with that?

#14 Posted by Coafi (1484 posts) -

Probably one of the only comedians that manages to make me laugh each time I watch him. I don't love any comedians, but I really like his jokes.

#15 Posted by amlabella (323 posts) -

I'm a big Louis C.K. fan. I love how his TV show toes the line between drama and comedy - it's just great in general. His standup, on the other hand, is hilarious. Saw him in person a few months back with a friend and had a fantastic time.

#16 Posted by natetodamax (19193 posts) -

He's my favorite comedian. Love his show too.

#17 Posted by NotTheBees (26 posts) -

@cale said:

I like him because he seems to have a similar outlook on the world as me. Not a fan of his sex related material though, that stuff is just perverse.

Yeah I get uncomfortable watching that stuff when there are others in the room..

#18 Posted by Deathstriker (308 posts) -

I'm not very much into standup in general, but his show is easily one of the most creative and human things ever to be on TV. It's not really a comedy, there is dark humor, but there are many episodes where you might only laugh once or twice and the show wasn't aiming for more than that.

#19 Posted by wjb (1658 posts) -

@notthebees: It's hard to remember, but I think out of the three, the second season was the best (so far).

#20 Posted by Jimbo (9805 posts) -

Love his stand-up, but wasn't crazy about the couple episodes of Louie I've seen.

#21 Edited by Glottery (1229 posts) -

@cale said:

I like him because he seems to have a similar outlook on the world as me. Not a fan of his sex related material though, that stuff is just perverse.

Yeah I get uncomfortable watching that stuff when there are others in the room..

Had a fantastic introduction to that show, when we were visiting our parents over the last winter and watched telly late at night. Then that "Dentist" episode came on...

Oh and another mention-worthy point of the show is definetly that catchy theme, at least for me. Forms a big smile on my face.

#22 Posted by Pr1mus (3876 posts) -

He's hilarious!

#23 Edited by D_Bones (365 posts) -

I went into the show with high expectations and honestly didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It wasn't bad by any means just not hilarious.

#24 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3050 posts) -

That last option is fucking discriminatory.

#25 Edited by Dot (163 posts) -

Yeah lol, what's with the last option?

#26 Edited by Winsord (1212 posts) -

@banefirelord said:

I like his stand up a fair bit but didn't really like what I saw of Louie. I found it excruciatingly cringe worthy.

In which sense? As in, you found it just plain bad and "cringe worthy" as a result, or the Curb Your Enthusiasm style of dark and awkward humour (assuming you've seen it). I know sometimes people really have a hard time with the latter, but typically there's at least an appreciation that comes with it, one that's not present when people think it's just flat-out bad. I keep meaning to watch Louie and the Louis C.K. specials since I like his contemporaries quite a bit, but I just haven't gotten around to it.

#27 Posted by joshwent (2175 posts) -

Louis' my favorite working stand-up today. He unashamedly takes risks, which is missing from so much modern comedy. Pushes people's and his own buttons to blur the line between what is funny and challenge the audiences preconceived notions. And at the same time, he's painfully honest about himself, and he seems like a generally nice guy who even with all of his continued success has never believed his own hype. He's worked ridiculously hard to be where he is, and he still had good material every year. I love tons of other working stand-ups, but I can't say all of that about any of them.

Okay, now I'm just gushing, but the dude's really great.

Also, the episode GOD from the season one of Louie is one of the most intense and poignant episodes of any show I've seen, dramas included. Simple, powerful, and all from a comedy show that's written, directed, and edited by Louis himself. Amazing stuff.

#28 Posted by EuanDewar (4899 posts) -

dont like anything he's ever done

#29 Posted by GERALTITUDE (3231 posts) -
#30 Edited by D0tti (786 posts) -

I love Louis CK, loved him since his 2005 or 2006 HBO Stand Up show, his hilarious.

Edit: He is also the first comedian I ever saw live, this year in march or april here in Norway.

@thompson820 said:

I love his stand-up, love his show but I find the fact that he's regularly on Opie & Anthony really disturbing.

Why is that disturbing ? When comedians come on O&A it's usually the funniest and best shows(I listen to it on a regular basis).

#31 Posted by ProfessorK (822 posts) -

To me he's alot funnier in Louie the show than stand up, not to say I don't think his stand up is funny. It's just something about watching the ridiculous things he talks about come to life that I enjoy alot.

#32 Posted by ProfessorEss (7324 posts) -

I have a kid and my friends all have kids so I'm pretty big fan of all the terrible (aka: honest) shit he says about kids.

#33 Posted by Brendan (7780 posts) -

He's a pretty funny standup Comedian, but I'm not a fan of how his out of context quotes have become a beacon for bigots and uncaring jerks around the internet to flock under.

#34 Edited by WilliamHenry (1202 posts) -

I think he is funny, but I wish I liked his stand up more.

#35 Posted by Dot (163 posts) -
#36 Posted by NotTheBees (26 posts) -

@joshwent: Yeah that episode was brilliantly written and directed. It felt like a short film and the message delivered was great. It was also notable for the fact that it featured very little of Louis himself.

#37 Edited by insane_shadowblade85 (1422 posts) -

I like him; if I had to pick though I'd pick Bill Burr over him because of how much he just doesn't give a fuck. That and he did an entire stand up bit that involved him basically cursing out the city of Philadelphia in Philadelphia. And they fucking loved him doing it lol

#38 Posted by Hunter5024 (5640 posts) -

I've listened to all of his stand up, and seen every episode of Louie, which is one of my favorite shows. He's great.

#39 Posted by JouselDelka (967 posts) -

I honestly think he's hilarious. I've seen the entirety of both his shows (Lucky Louie and Louie), and most of his videos on youtube, he's just real and sincere, he has great realistic opinions and he knows how to deliver them in a fashion that brings out laughter.

Best 5 bucks I ever spent was on his Beacon Theater show, I don't think anything made me laugh harder than that show.

#40 Edited by Mrsignerman44 (1100 posts) -

I don't wanna sound like a hipster but people are building him up to be the next George Carlin. While that might happen, I don't like how hyped up he gets because it leads to a lot of "He wasn't that great". He's definitely in my top 5 comics of all time though, and I've loved every special he's put out.

I like him; if I had to pick though I'd pick Bill Burr over him because of how much he just doesn't give a fuck. That and he did an entire stand up bit that involved him basically cursing out the city of Philadelphia in Philadelphia. And they fucking loved him doing it lol

Burr is definitely in my top 5 too, can't get enough of this ginger cunt and his podcast!

#41 Edited by colorbrandon (163 posts) -

@mrsignerman44: He'll be the next George Carlin if he lives long enough to become a salty old man.

#42 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7079 posts) -

I love his stand up and think Louie is one of the best shows on TV.

#43 Edited by Thompson820 (410 posts) -

@d0tti: @cmblasko: I won't deny that O&A has its moments (the story where a child wasn't allowed to use a toilet at a chocolate store and had diarrhea had me crying) but I find it hard to listen to at times when they essentially harass people on the phone. Even if the people are 100% acting or don't actually care the 'comedy' of those calls is simply mean spirited and gross; one example would be the woman they call whose husband committed suicide and they constantly make crass jokes and also simply abuse the woman. Again, even if this is all acting it's just not funny, as somebody who has first hand experience with suicide I can't find that in any way funny or clever. And yes, these are calls that have been made while Louis was present in the studio and he took part in the abuse.

#44 Posted by Helios1337 (325 posts) -

Where is the option for "He was very funny before his divorce and Lucky Louie was amazing but now he is just depressing and his new show is terrible."?

#45 Posted by csl316 (8479 posts) -

I love Louie. The show's fantastic, and I've always gotten great laughs out of his stand up.

Earned a lot of respect from me on this Talking Funny thing:



#46 Posted by connerthekewlkid (1826 posts) -

@insane_shadowblade85: I immediately went back and watched that after you posted that everybody needs to see it.

#47 Posted by D0tti (786 posts) -

@connerthekewlkid: Yeah Bill Burr is pretty great as well, I think he is atm higher then Louis on my list of funniest comedians.

@d0tti: @cmblasko: I won't deny that O&A has its moments (the story where a child wasn't allowed to use a toilet at a chocolate store and had diarrhea had me crying) but I find it hard to listen to at times when they essentially harass people on the phone. Even if the people are 100% acting or don't actually care the 'comedy' of those calls is simply mean spirited and gross; one example would be the woman they call whose husband committed suicide and they constantly make crass jokes and also simply abuse the woman. Again, even if this is all acting it's just not funny, as somebody who has first hand experience with suicide I can't find that in any way funny or clever. And yes, these are calls that have been made while Louis was present in the studio and he took part in the abuse.

Those bits are pretty old if i'm not mistaken, but to be honest it's their harshness and crass jokes etc. that make me love them(mostly Anthony and Jim Norton).

#48 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

I used to think he was the funniest comedian alive. But he's fallen off big time. He was far funnier when he was in a bad marriage that he didn't give a fuck about. Now he just seems to be coasting by on his meme and internet appeal. But since that wasn't an option, I picked the final choice because it's the only truthful objective statement.

#49 Posted by OneKillWonder_ (1729 posts) -

He's an amazingly hilarious guy, undoubtedly one of the best in the business.

#50 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

I was extremely underwhelmed when I first saw one of his standups after hearing so much.