Tuesday night at 11:00 pm FX will premiere "Louie," a new series from Louis C.K. And when we say "from Louis C.K.," we're not fucking around. And neither is he. On "Louie," C.K. serves as the executive producer, director, writer, editor, and star of the 13-episode first season, which recently wrapped production. With his latest stand-up special, "Hilarious" still in limbo – it premiered at Sundance earlier this year but reportedly is still seeking theatrical distribution – we focused solely on the new series in this interview. "Louie" mixes stand-up segments with short films of various lengths, and as you'll read, holds C.K. to no definitive format, allowing him to take each episode in whatever direction he chooses. Ricky Gervais, Todd Barry, Nick DiPaolo, Pamela Adlon and Bobby Cannavale are among the guest stars who appear in season one. Although the concept of stand-up interspliced with scripted content may evoke comparisons to Seinfeld, the two episodes I screened prior to our interview unquestionably established "Louie"'s individuality – as well as its hilarity.
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