Louie: Elevator part 3
May 21, 2014 6:23 PM - Season 4, Episode 6 - Subscribe

Someone from Louie's past pops up again. Don't click if you don't want to know.

The one where Louie wears Woody Allen glasses, enjoys some bro time and runs into Pamela again. I enjoyed that Pamela went overboard with the funny asshole routine and the "Ew yuck" and Louie walked out. I really hate the funny asshole routine.
posted by bleep (10 comments total)
Yeah, Pamela jumped over the line there, and then kept running when she hit the ground. I don't know whether that was supposed to be The Moment Louie Stops Pining For Pamela or what, but damn.

And then the piano... we don't often get these real glimpses into what comedians often say they're pushing down with the laughter, and I can see why.
posted by Etrigan at 6:56 PM on May 21, 2014

That's true Etrigan.. Personally I much prefer seeing that to the scenes of his comedian buddies sitting around talking shit about each other. I get really bored with the "cruel comedian inside humor/comedians are dead inside" trope.
posted by bleep at 7:46 PM on May 21, 2014

The scene with the violins was gorgeous.

This show is really artistic. I like a lot of TV, but I know at heart that it's mostly all schlocky pulp. There's nothing pulpy about Louie. It's free of cliche and it's meaningful.
posted by painquale at 3:36 PM on May 22, 2014 [4 favorites]

It's the fathering. It gets me every time.
posted by vitabellosi at 4:27 AM on May 23, 2014

That piano scene was bonkers, but what really blew me away was the end. The little three-legged dog story/performance was absolutely perfect and I'm impressed the show Louie could have such a wonderful moment in it.
posted by mathowie at 8:03 PM on May 27, 2014

This show is really artistic. I like a lot of TV, but I know at heart that it's mostly all schlocky pulp. There's nothing pulpy about Louie. It's free of cliche and it's meaningful

Apparently Louis CK wanted to do a TV show because his mom used to watch really bad TV when he was a kid and it made him mad that there was so much bad TV around, and he wanted to make something better. That's probably a terrible paraphrase. But I think he succeeded with this sitcomedramedy of his.
posted by sweetkid at 8:57 PM on June 20, 2014

I like it too but it is very Woody Allen derivative, doesn't he even have the same editor?
posted by bquarters at 7:00 PM on July 1, 2014

He edits the show himself.
posted by sweetkid at 8:15 PM on July 1, 2014

He used to. This year, he hired Susan E. Morse, Woody's longtime editor.
posted by Etrigan at 8:18 PM on July 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

ah I thought that might be possible. thanks for the slight correction, still he edited most of it himself and it pretty well known to be the strongest voice on the show.

I think there are definite hints of Woody in there, as I'm a fan of both, but I think derivative is a little too far. There's some of the neurosis and the fantasy elements, as well as the flighty manic pixie dream women, for sure. But I think Louie has a critical examination of the role of the white man in our culture that Woody Allen just doesn't, and he also doesn't have the WASP/upper class anxiety/envy that appears in almost all of Allen's work.
posted by sweetkid at 8:23 PM on July 1, 2014

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