From the moment he walks onto the stage, you get the sense that Louie Anderson is an unassuming and friendly guy. He is a big, non-threatening teddy bear. He exudes this through his laid back, mellow attitude. I am sure that his fan base is one that appreciates the fact that he finds humor in everything without resorting to profanity, ridiculing or berating any ethnic group, race or gender. And why should he? He has enough good clean funny material for a solid act that has continually been drawing audiences to Louie’s stand-up act for years. His routine runs the gamut of subjects such as airport security, gambling in Las Vegas, maid service, his love for food, his mom and dad, getting older, smoking, people who think their pets are highly intelligent AND can talk, and much more. Louie also takes some time to engage members of the audience in some friendly banter and will find something funny to say about whatever they do for a living without being mean or degrading.
Anderson began his career at a comedy club in his native Minneapolis, when on a dare from friends. He got up on stage and performed. His big break came in 1984 when he appeared on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”, who was so impressed with the comic; he called him out for a rare and coveted “second bow.” Anderson’s stand-up comedy career then skyrocketed. Known as a “clean” comedian, his stories about growing up in the Midwest, being one of 11 children and dealing with an alcoholic father, provided endless material for the comic with audiences of all types relating to his everyday life experiences. Louie also takes some time to engage members of the audience in some friendly banter and will find something funny to say about whatever they do for a living, without being mean or degrading.
TV and the Movies
The multi-talented performer went on to do television and movies starring in his own CBS sitcom “The Louie Show” and his own comedy specials for both HBO and Showtime. Anderson also has guest starred on such popular sitcoms as “Roseanne”, “Scrubs”, and “Grace Under Fire,”. He’s even been in dramas like “Touched by an Angel” and “Chicago Hope.” He also has appeared in memorable featured roles in such films as “Coming to America” opposite Eddie Murphy. The multi-talented comedian/actor’s resume also includes the syndicated hit series, “Family Feud” and being executive producer and creator of the two-time Emmy Award winning animated series on FOX “Life with Louie”. Louie is currently starring alongside Zach Galifianakis as Christine Baskets in the new FX series, “Baskets”.
Louie is also a best-selling author and has written three books including the best-selling first book “Dear Dad-Letters from an Adult Child” in 1989 and his latest “The F Word: How to Survive Your Family”. As a humanitarian, he is a co-founder of the H.E.R.O. organization whose mission is to empower people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to attain maximum self-sufficiency. He also spends many hours working with numerous other charities in keeping with his philosophy of giving back to his community whenever he can.