sitcom "Louie" might leave you wondering, "Wait a minute, is this supposed to be funny or terribly sad?" Louis CK is one of the best comedians out there because of his ability to produce and hone in on what makes for tons of good material, his honesty, and because of the quality of his work; but tuning in to his show might lead viewers looking for a quick laugh to reassess whether or not they want to make a go of life or end it all. "Louie", which plays on FX (and instant streams on Hulu and Netflix) doesn't always leave you laughing. Despite Louis CK's recent success explosion (and yes, that's a thing), his title character is depressing, a modern take on the old "sad clown" archetype, and so his show becomes a depiction of a character who tries to be a good person amidst a world filled with harsh truths. In layman's terms, it gets real. So if you like your dick jokes mixed in with a hint of terrible sadness, watch the following three episodes of "Louie" and then feel inspired to write the loveliest of suicide note farewells.
"Bully" (Season 1, Episode 9)
In this show, Louie, while on a date, asks a group of teenagers to quiet down so he can continue conversing with his lady-friend. Moments later, one of the teenagers threatens to kick Louie's ass and forces him to ask him nicely not to do it, a scene so humiliating and demasculating, all men who watch the episode actually lose a quarter-inch off their penis length.
"God" (Season 1, Episode 11)
If this show weren't sandwiched in between two pretty solid bits of CK stand-up, you might think you had tuned in to an indie short film rather than an episodic…er, comedy? This show delves into the question of religion through the eyes of a young Louie, who attempts to grapple with the infamous Catholic guilt he learns at school. While making poignant and interesting observations about religious views in relation to the innocence of children, this episode doesn't try to be funny. At all. Mr. CK seems to be cashing in a little early on his comedian-turned-serious-actor-with-serious-stuff-to-say card (cards available at your local Walgreens).
"Eddie" (Season 2, Episode 9)
Okay, seriously, is this supposed to be funny? The title character in this episode, Eddie, played by a near-death and disturbingly jaundiced looking Doug Stanhope, is an alcoholic road comedian who has nothing left. If you're a regular person, and you're watching this, you may find solace in the fact that the comedian's life seems romantic, but at a safe distance away. If you're a comedian, and you're watching this, try not watch it with a loaded gun in your hand or while teetering on the edge of a tall building. Why? Because Stanhope's praiseworthy performance as Eddie reeks of the future without love or laughs or anything to smile about. So f*ck you for watching a comedian's show and expecting it to just make you laugh. Louis CK makes you laugh, yes, but he also makes you think. About death. Constantly.