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Louis CK is hit and miss in his stand-up special Hilarious, out January 11th from Paramount Home Entertainment. Thankfully, he’s mostly hit, as I loved his bit about Hitler and Ray Charles (check out above video) and his bit about fighting with his three-year-old daughter about Fig Newtons vs. Pig Newtons really hit home for me. I have the same fights with my kids and, like him, I realize that I should of course know better.
Louis CK is caustic, and vulgar, and angry and all the things I like in my comedians. And his bit about the word “hilarious” is very very funny. Although he does suggest that in order for something to truly be “hilarious”, it must be SO funny that you can’t think abuot anything else and lose your job and end up living homeless in a ditch. Or something like that. I’m paraphrasing. By that standard, of course, Louis CK does not live up to his own lofty expectation of what is “hilarious”. But over the course of the 84-minute stand-up special, I DID miss a meal. So he must be pretty damn funny.