Louie Draws the Comedy Stars...Again
Last week had Robin Williams. This week, we got to see Maria Bamford again, plus two more of the world's greatest standup comics: Silverman and Marc Maron. Louie (Louis C.K.) is inspired to call Sarah when he sees an old standup clip of her on TV. When '80s Maron airs next, Louie thinks about how he hasn't spoken to him in ten years, and realizes that the thing he was mad at Maron about (which is never explained) was actually his own fault. He goes to apologize only to have Maron remind him that he had already apologized five years earlier.
Awkwardness at Ikea
It must be rough for Louie, running into those other parents at school after his bizarre interactions with them. This week, he runs into Delores (Maria Dizzia) who has "residual feelings" about their abortive sexual encounter. Louie refuses to go to therapy with her, but agrees to accompany her to Ikea to pick up some furniture. In return, she promises to perform oral sex on him. At the store, they begin acting like an unhappy married couple, and Louie does a very standup-y riff on buying a rug.
Maria Bamford Has Bad News
In the middle segment of the show, which contained what was easily its biggest laugh, Louie sits down for his first piano lesson, only to be interrupted by a phone call from Maria. Turns out, Maria has a sexually transmitted disease. She's not sure if Louie gave them to her or the other way around, but he's got crabs, too! She delivers this news and relays her uncertainty about who's to blame in classic deadpan Maria Bamford fashion.
Pharmaceutical Grade Humiliation
So, where does Louie live that he has to ride a motorcycle to the drugstore? Certainly not in Duane Reade-inundated Manhattan. Or maybe it was a subtle joke about him having to leave his neighborhood to deal with this humiliating problem. I think he ended up in my neighborhood, because I see women like that fur-wearing, pushy and entitled old lady (Alex Elias) all the time. Somehow her asking to consult with the pharmacist about her antibiotic prescription turned out to be more humiliating than Louie getting his crab medicine.
The Maron/Silverman section seemed a bit odd to me (what happened?), and was more low-key sincerity than hilarity, but it was still nice to see these two other great comedians on Louie.
"It's a rug. It's fine. That's the level of passion that a rug warrants. It doesn't solve all my problems, but it doesn't make me angry."
--Louie explains his lack of enthusiasm to Delores at Ikea.
"So, notify me when you want me to s__k it."
--Delores expresses her willingness to fulfill her part of the Ikea bargain.
"Crabs. So, f__k you. Or sorry. I dunno which one."
--Maria isn't sure who gave the STD to whom.
"It's not prescription, but if we kept it out there, nobody would ever pay for it."
--Pharmacy clerk (Steven Boyer) explains to Louie why the crab medicine is kept behind the counter.
"I was so cute and I didn't know better. It's a lot of those kind of jokes. 'Did I say something? I didn't even know I said something!'"
--Sarah critiques her old standup act.