I've been a mega fan of Louis CK's work since I first saw his standup special "Hilarious" several years ago. From there, I had to know more and began my quest to watch pretty much everything he's been responsible for creating. From his early standup to Pootie Tang to his short-lived sitcom "Lucky Louie" to his impressively surreal and beautifully thoughtful "Louie", I've fallen in love with the guy's stuff. He's got a brilliant show that came out several months ago, and it's weird because there hasn't been a lot of news about it; maybe it's too dark, too real, too funny, too tragic? Idk, but it's transformative so I gotta tell you about it.
Now I'm not generally into TV shows, in fact I think they're largely a huge distraction, but earlier this year, comedian Louis CK quietly released a 10-episode series exclusively on his website called Horace and Pete. I discovered recently that some generous souls had uploaded [illegal?] versions of the show on YouTube, and over the past week or so, Sydney and I watched them all. The show is incredible and you should check it out.
It's the story of two brothers, Horace (played by Louis CK) and Pete (played by Steve Buscemi) who own a bar in Brooklyn. The bar's been their family business for 100 years, and it's a surreally tragicomic environment where the most esoteric individuals--they, and the by-standing twenty-somethings who have gradually come to populate the borough (hipsters, if you will)--congregate and discuss, usually peacefully, their generally dark views on a variety things including culture, current events, sexuality, bigotry, alcoholism, drugs, Bambi, and the Holocaust.
The show is... powerful. It's funny and sad and twistedly beautiful, and it delivers potent lessons for its audience that helps us to confront things within ourselves that we generally like to deny even exist. Horace and Pete unapologetically exposes the underbelly of human existence, and lays before us the evils we perpetuate in the name of tradition; all of this is accomplished, of course, with Louis CK's bizarre and brilliant brand of humor. With a cast comprised of countless geniuses from both the acting and comedy worlds, and a captivatingly melancholy original theme song written by the legendary Paul Simon, the show magically unclogs dormant emotional and psychological conduits and ignites our souls and minds to think and make connections in ways that we thought we'd forgotten.
Check it out, for the good of humankind. You can get it legitimately from Louis CK's website here, or if you're unwilling/unable to pay for it you can poke around and find it on YouTube (that's what we did). I guess you could probably find it illegally on a torrent website, but I'm not going to condone doing that (😉 winks out to tha anarchists doe), and you should just probably buy it if you can. That's all. It changed my life and I highly recommend checking it out.