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Louie‘s Big Stakes

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<em>Louie</em>‘s Big Stakes
<em>Louie</em>‘s Big Stakes

Real creative success is something that has to be won. It isn’t a ribbon you get for having just enough noble intent in your heart. If you followed the third season of FX’s Louie, you’ll know that comedian Louis C.K. passed noble intent a long time ago.

After two seasons of steady brilliance, season three of Louie continued to tread some fantastic dimension where a half-hour television comedy is about real discovery. The stand-up bits about uncomfortable blowjobs and the theoretical upside to pedophilia would never fly on a network show, but you remember the jokes more for their perspective than their lewdness. You can watch Louie and be struck with the sense that its artful handling of moral struggles and carnal impulses requires some deep philosophical reflection. At its best, though, the line between C.K.’s visceral humor and his brooding is hard to define. It’s not always obvious what you’re laughing about, but you do laugh.