S01E01 Tribute: Louis C.K.

In this first Tribute Episode, we don’t just celebrate the “comedian’s comedianLouis C. K., we also give him some tough love advice to get on the cover of GQ Magazine and to open for Mike Birbiglia! As we try to de-magify Louis’ comedy, we dip into a very intense conversation which really should be on the View. Is J/K Around Podcast the forum for a rape exposé? That’s something we’ll need to review for ourselves.

Then we celebrate his finest moments from his career: Pootie Tang with Chris Rock, writing for Conan and other HBO shows, dyeing his hair. This, of course, leads to us discussing Kevin’s Pootie Tang 2 which takes a fascinating Sci-Fi angle. We highlight the Sudoku style in which one would need to write for Louis, so he could fill his brilliance in the blanks. Dream cast? Emma Watson or Sandra Bullock, any of the Seth’s: Seth Rogan, Seth Green and Seth MacFarlane. And, of course, Louis himself as Captain Kiejrnglung!

The science fiction talk turns to science fact as Joel touches on his theory that we would need the power of light and Hindu-style meditation for us to be able to live on Mars. This brings the duo to politics, spirituality and philosophy (aka LIFE). And Kevin reveals the subtext of Pootie Tang 2. Because Louis is a god like Zeus, yet he pretends to be human like us, we felt we needed to put him in the same company as other gods: Adam Sandler and Lisa Lampanelli.

This raises the issues facing comedians who are girls (comediennes or female comedians as they’re offensively called). We confirm that all comedians are funny if they’re girls, but not always if they’re guys. Interesting female comedians: Maria Bamford and Tig Notaro who with thought let their funny personalities overshadow the funny jokes sometimes. Of course, we do talk about Louis’ show Louie and how sometimes comedy is ruined by substance.

Joel compares Louis’ commentary to him explaining that his “Internet Bit” is really about Darfur, Rain Forest deforestation and the risk of Star Wars and Disney taking over the Nation and America. It’s agreed that Get Smart had social commentary, which is why it’s unwatchable today.

This is the famous “Internet Bit”:

Other comedians we reference: Blue Collar Comedy, Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Nat King Cole, John Pinette, David Cross and Joe Rogan (Newsradio, Fear Factor).

This week’s contest: Tweet scene ideas or written pages for Pootie Tang 2 to @thejkaround and, if it’s good, we’ll retweet it and maybe act it out!

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