Sad Sack

What makes Louis CK a truly great stand-up comic is how completely fearless and honest he is about his least admirable qualities. Which, of course, are the undesirable qualities we all have in common but try to hide. What father hasn't thought that his 4-year-old daughter is a complete asshole? But while you'd probably be the real asshole if you admitted it out loud, Louis can describe his anger at how the kid won't just put on the damn shoes and have you laughing until you can't catch your breath. It's this raw frankness that made his Honeymooners-style HBO sitcom Lucky Louie, in which he played a perpetually broke and beleaguered blue-collar husband and dad, so funny and occasionally uncomfortable--and probably the same reason the show was canceled after a single season. Hopefully his new series for FX, Louie, won't be so unlucky. Based on his own post-divorce life as a single dad, it's just as unflinchingly real as his stand-up. Sample admission: He'd be fucking animals within two minutes if he were the last human on earth. As good as the dramatized parts may be, the highlight is his stand-up--which you can experience 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Bass Hall, 525 Commerce St. in Fort Worth. For tickets ($32.50) and more information, call 817-212-4280 or visit
Sun., Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m., 2010


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