The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)
There are shows that come around every once in a while, like Deadwood or 30 Rock where you know you're getting the creator's voice, [...]
"I did a benefit reading at his kids’ school… and it was the greatest cast ever: Marisa Tomei, Nathan Lane, Mario Cantone — Mike Daisey did the stage directions — and Louie and me. Afterward, he said, 'I want you to come on the show — I’d really like you to play my therapist.' I had just seen it a few weeks before and I was like, 'Oh, my God, I would love to.'
… He said: 'O.K., I know what I’m going to do with you. I’ve wanted to do it for a while, and it’s a mix of a couple of different stories and characters.' And then he [...]
"I'm intimidated by Louis [C.K.]. He really has this [expletive] this scene [attitude]. I saw him get out of his seat 11 times at the Emmys… His approach to all of this is really interesting… He came over and gave me a hug and said 'What you're doing is really important.' I said, 'I dressed as you for Halloween.'"
— Lena Dunham talking about Louis C.K. at The New Yorker Festival.
But…but this was supposed to be the Amy Poehler/Louis C.K. fun times happy hour.
Instead that ginger haired man gave us "New Year's Eve", an episode that dealt with profound loneliness and death like very few shows had ever done before, including previous episodes of Louie. It was pretty shocking and depressing, and only after it settled in the brain for a few hours and all of debris from the WTF bombs was swept away did its excellence become evident.
The season three finale began innocently and humorously enough with C.K. doing the thing he does best — looking like he wouldn't mind if a meteor landed right on his [...]