The Philosophy of Louis CK

The opening music to FX's Louie starts off innocuously enough; in fact, it’s a verbatim rendition of a song called "Brother Louie":

"Louie-Louie-Louieeee, Louie-Louie-Lou-iiii…"

The last line, however, is altered from the original lyrics.

"Louie Louie you’re gonna die."

Wait, what?

Aurally blink and you might miss it, but it exists as a subtle nod towards the pervasive themes of death and the "big questions" that loom over the entire CK oeuvre. Although his work is often described in passing as philosophical, it’s worth taking a deeper look, so that we might position Louie in his proper place in pantheon of history’s contemplative curmudgeons.