Day: June 30, 2006

Louis CK on Lucky Louie, Boston roots

Louis CK had just gotten finished with his controversial appearance on The View when he got on the phone with me to talk about his new HBO show, Lucky Louie. The View’s female panel took him by surprise with their stinging criticism. "All of a sudden, I’m watching life and they’re having this f—ing debate over my show," he told me. "I’m about to go out there, and I’m supposed to tell jokes? To have Fonzie and Baba Wawa debate the social merits of my TV show, that’s insane! That’s great." As for Barbara Walters’ accusation that CK’s show is racist, he countered, "That’s just ignorant. That just means somebody’s uncomfortable about it." CK, the 38-year-old longtime writing partner of Chris Rock, said he’d read most of the critical reviews of his show. "I like reading ones where they’re really upset," he said. "A lot of people who write bad reviews, in the description of the show, pay it great service. People magazine — they ended it with, ‘It’s like David Mamet doing a parody of Roseanne.’ Who wouldn’t want to watch that? Thank you! I actually wanted to put that on the poster." He cares more what viewers think of his show, anyhow. "This show is very honest. It’s very raw. All we’re really doing is letting this show be a limitless expression of the characters. We’re just...

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Alonzo Bodden on Last Comic Standing

In 2006, Alonzo Bodden was the unknown winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and here is what he had to say about the aftermath of that (this is all before he came back in 2007 to be a judge on the show). Ant, who never came close to winning on the second or third editions of LCS, somehow seemed to get more TV work than Bodden. What’s that about? "I guess it’s because Ant’s more of a Hollywood guy. Ant will talk s–t. Ant will stir up trouble, whereas I won’t. Ant will play the game. He used the show to play a bitchy gay guy, and then VH1 hired him to play a bitchy gay guy (for Celebrity Fit Club and other programs). Ant can change his level of gay. The most fascinating thing in the world. He can be less gay and more gay." What should viewers make of LCS? "There’s no way viewers know this, but how do I put it? Creative editing. What they’ll do is take segments and put them together to make it look like an argument was going on, or they’ll make someone look like they had an attitude. Like they made Tammy (Pescatelli) look like a bitch. She wasn’t. They just caught her when she was mad." Also: "It’s kind of like a regular election. It’s about popularity." I’d opened for...

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