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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.

#51 Edited by narujoe93 (2462 posts) -

He's amazing. I usually hate stand up, but he completely changed that. His recent hbo special was a bit of a let down, but that's because I expect the greatest of things from him. Louie is the best sitcom on television

#52 Edited by DonPixel (2585 posts) -

I think he is funny and smart.

#53 Posted by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -

He's great, but I'm getting a bit burned out on him.

#54 Posted by Reisz (1371 posts) -

He's a big stupid Ginger. I feel like this choice best represents his comedic tone.

#55 Posted by buft (3298 posts) -

he was better pre-divorce but hes getting back to form now that we are further from that time.

#56 Posted by Nightriff (4383 posts) -

I haven't really heard him but when I have I just didn't really care, but its a small sample size, could be wrong about him

#57 Posted by Barrock (3525 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.

@insane_shadowblade85 said:

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!

There will never be a new George Carlin. Ever.

But he's pretty great.

#58 Posted by Ares42 (2448 posts) -

He's a funny guy. Best thing about him though, he looks exactly like a 20 year older version of one of my friends =D

#59 Posted by benpicko (1924 posts) -

Haven't seen anything by him that's even remotely funny.

#60 Posted by Sterling (1753 posts) -

CK and Bill Burr are my top two favorite stand up comics. Those guys both crack me up.

#61 Edited by cmblasko (1011 posts) -

@thompson820 said:

@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.

I totally see where you are coming from in that regard. When they just start beating on someone like that I usually tune out as well.

And yeah, Louis's no angel. I think he is a great comedian and overall seems like a decent human being, but he definitely can be an asshole.

@insane_shadowblade85: Yeah, Bill Burr is awesome. I started listening to his podcast only recently and it quickly became a staple of my weekly rotation.

#62 Posted by rachelepithet (1261 posts) -

The Internet has built him up like the Trent Reznor of comedy. Constantly seeing quips of his used as memes by internet-assholes. Watched only one episode of his HBO show, seemed like his ideology falls in line with that Penny Arcade Gabe guy. Like a conservative Curb or conservative Always Sunny... a lot of the dark without the comedy to back it up.

#63 Posted by Barrock (3525 posts) -

The Internet has built him up like the Trent Reznor of comedy. Constantly seeing quips of his used as memes by internet-assholes. Watched only one episode of his HBO show, seemed like his ideology falls in line with that Penny Arcade Gabe guy. Like a conservative Curb or conservative Always Sunny... a lot of the dark without the comedy to back it up.

Huh? What episode did you see that gave you the impression he's conservative?

#64 Edited by Jay_Ray (1013 posts) -

@csl316 said:

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:

I think the 4 guys in that video are the kings of modern comedy.

#65 Edited by Apparatus_Unearth (3032 posts) -

Louis is great.

#66 Posted by Intro (1191 posts) -

Hilarious guy, not my favorite but damn is he funny.

#67 Posted by LustRazor (13 posts) -

Louie is a creative genius. Check out his show on FX. You have to have an appreciation for avant-garde potty humor.

#68 Posted by Milkman (16233 posts) -

He's great, obviously and Louie is an incredible show. But I'll agree with some people that his association with people like Opie & Anthony can be a buzzkill sometimes. I'd say the same thing about Patrice O'Neal who was a brilliant comic but got brought down sometimes by associating with dumb fucks like Nick NiPaolo.

#69 Posted by jorbear (2517 posts) -

I haven't watched much of his stand-up, but I am a huge fan of the Louie TV show.

#70 Edited by Beforet (2885 posts) -

One of the only comedians who actually knows how to do the whole politically incorrect angle without being a giant, flaming asshole. So yeah, I dig him and his style.

#71 Posted by Godlyawesomeguy (6375 posts) -

I literally just finished Lucky Louie and he is one of my favorite comedians in the biz today.

#72 Edited by Animasta (14466 posts) -

he's pretty good, but I'll wait for Louis CK2.

JOKES.

but yeah he's pretty alright and he's always seemed like a nice dude, which (imo) is the most important thing for a comedian.

#73 Edited by wjb (1555 posts) -

@milkman said:

He's great, obviously and Louie is an incredible show. But I'll agree with some people that his association with people like Opie & Anthony can be a buzzkill sometimes. I'd say the same thing about Patrice O'Neal who was a brilliant comic but got brought down sometimes by associating with dumb fucks like Nick NiPaolo.

Yeah. I'll admit I'm not too familiar with O&A because I came across them years ago and got the obvious and immediate impression that they were typical schmucks on the radio; I purposely try not to seek them out.

That's the thing about watching Louie, I see Nick DiPaolo and Jim Norton and I scratch my head, but I suppose it's a camaraderie thing. Doing comedy for years at the same clubs -- mostly on the east coast -- I suppose you become attached after a while. I guess it's better than Carlos Mencia or Jeff Dunham?

#74 Posted by Godlyawesomeguy (6375 posts) -

@csl316 said:

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:

Jesus, three comedic role models in one room (CK, Seinfeld, and Gervais). I can't even handle how excited am to even watch this as I am just shaking with glee.

#75 Posted by csl316 (7392 posts) -
#76 Posted by EquitasInvictus (1869 posts) -

@animasta said:

... Louis CK2.

You need an intervention right now! That was unprecedented and difficult for even me to swallow. I just don't think you can keep going like this!

Back on topic: I've only heard bits and pieces of his standup and a bit of Louie but I definitely think he's super cool and I can totally empathize with him unlike other comedians I simply thought were funny.

#77 Posted by NotTheBees (26 posts) -

Speaking of different comedians, this guy is my personal favourite. Might be the Irish sense of humour but he's very popular over here. Topically, here's a bit he did on video games.

#78 Posted by DonutFever (3520 posts) -

Love him. His Netflix specials are easily the best stand-up I've ever seen.

#79 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6077 posts) -

This guy, and Bill Burr are the best.

#80 Posted by joshwent (1781 posts) -

@notthebees: Thanks for posting that. I'm an American and not too familiar with Dara, but he's one of my favorite panelists on QI, so I'll definitely check him out now. That bit was great and hilariously insightful, "I unlocked the content at the store with my credit card!".

Still like Louis better though. ;)

#81 Edited by ajamafalous (11592 posts) -

I haven't seen any of his standup since his divorce, but I'd say, judging by his old stuff, he's one of my top 10 favorite comedians.

I admittedly haven't watched much Louie, but I didn't really like the couple episodes that I saw.

#82 Posted by JacDG (2113 posts) -

Not funny. At all.

#83 Edited by NotTheBees (26 posts) -

@joshwent said:

@notthebees: Thanks for posting that. I'm an American and not too familiar with Dara, but he's one of my favorite panelists on QI, so I'll definitely check him out now. That bit was great and hilariously insightful, "I unlocked the content at the store with my credit card!".

Still like Louis better though. ;)

he's hilarious, one of the wittiest comedians out there. definitely recommend you check him out.

#84 Posted by Sploder (917 posts) -

I love him

#85 Posted by zenmastah (838 posts) -

Watched him perform on Netflix, never really gave a good laugh.

#86 Posted by Claude (16251 posts) -

The cat's meow.

#87 Edited by Pop (2531 posts) -

I really like his stuff and his show Louie is really good, I love the combination of drama and comedy in it, his show really is a show about nothing, Seinfeld was saying that his show was about nothing but there was always something happening, in Louie it's really random bits and sometimes there is a story, I think it has great pauses and reactions from him and I like the pacing too.

#88 Posted by Oldirtybearon (4289 posts) -

@pop said:

I really like his stuff and his show Louie is really good, I love the combination of drama and comedy in it, his show really is a show about nothing, Seinfeld was saying that his show was about nothing but there was always something happening, in Louie it's really random bits and sometimes there is a story, I think it has great pauses and reactions from him and I like the pacing too.

I don't think that's necessarily true. There is a story in each episode although it's sparse. I don't think it's a show about nothing so much as it's a show where each episode is Louie highlighting or showing a specific theme. Sometimes he really wants you to get it so he hammers it over your head with the comedy club wraparounds. Sometimes he just lets it ride and people with either get it or they don't. As facetious as it probably sounds, Louie is probably one of the most intellectually crafted television shows around right now. I think it can stand toe to toe with the likes of Mad Men and Breaking Bad. There's a lot to it.

#89 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2712 posts) -

Love him. Still need to watch S3 of Louie.

#90 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4660 posts) -

Some of his stuff is too crude for me but I like it overall. His observational humor I do enjoy.

#91 Posted by SargeGulp (235 posts) -

@euandewar: I need to know a comedian you do like for comparison.

#92 Posted by EuanDewar (4516 posts) -

@sargegulp: I dunno, I guess my favourite comedian if I have one is Stewart Lee

#93 Edited by Everyones_A_Critic (6270 posts) -

I think he's hilarious. He's one of the biggest comedians on the planet right now and he's worked his ass off for it. He's also innovated in the stand-up world by cutting out the middlemen like TV networks and selling his specials directly to his fans without any gimmicks. Not to mention, his show is a perfect example of how giving complete creative control to the artist will bring you nothing but success and tons of Emmy's.

#94 Edited by Grilledcheez (3919 posts) -

Very smart and has unique / interesting material. He is also very good at articulating his thoughts. So yeah, he's one of the best comedians.

#95 Edited by BaneFireLord (2881 posts) -

@winsord: Very much the latter. I can tell the show is executed very well and there is quite a lot of craft that goes into it, but the awkwardness is too much for me. While his standup of course has similar bouts of awkward, dark humor, when it's right in your face being acted out, it's a lot different.

#96 Posted by AiurFlux (899 posts) -

He's fallen off a bit from his rage filled shit marriage days, but he's still good. I'd just personally rather pay to see acts like Bill Burr or Colin Quinn though.

I'm going to be going home to New York in about a month and I'm debating on going to see Quinn's new one man show on Broadway. It's either that or live dangerously and drive out to Mastic in Suffolk County. Either way I'm sure to be mentally scarred.

#97 Posted by erhard (348 posts) -

Stand up comics are usually not funny and he is one of them.

#98 Posted by rand0mZer00 (192 posts) -

I remember watching Lucky Louie a long time ago and thinking he was pretty funny but immediately forgot about him until these last couple of years as his popularity grew. His stand up is good and I enjoy his show so yeah, I think he's good.

#99 Posted by Simplexity (1382 posts) -

He is no George Carlin.

#100 Edited by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

Meh, nothing mindblowingly funny about him.
If some of his stand-up shows are being shown on that one channel where stuff goes to keep going when it should've been dead I just watch it.