A balding, middle-aged, potty-mouthed, pot-bellied ginger is probably not the first thing you think of when you think of things that a twenty-something lady such as myself might be attracted to. But guess what?
I have a big fat crush on Louis CK.
Before you start shaking your messy topknot in disapproval, let me break it down for you:
He’s really, really funny.
If there’s one thing my WTF Crush series has taught me it’s that funny is important to me. Whether it’s a fictional character, a comedian or a regular dude on the street, he better bring the LOLz. And Louis CK does.
At first glance his humor can seem a little crude. And I guess it is. But what keeps my interest is that fact that underneath it is this vulnerable guy who you can somehow totally relate to. Whether he’s talking about obesity with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, evolution, or old ladies in airports he can make me laugh (and a lot of times it’s in the ohmygooood that’s so true but I would never speak it out loud to millions of people kind of way).
And Louie, his show on FX, is amazing. There have been episodes where I laugh pretty much the entire way through. And it’s especially good if you’re a parent. There are so many golden nuggets in that show that are both hilarious and true. I could go on and on but it means nothing if you haven’t seen it (so go watch!).
This scene is one of my favorites from last season (just so you know there’s some NSFW or kids language in it):
He’s (brutally) honest.
This is one of the reasons he’s so funny. You’re sitting there thinking “I cannot believe he’s saying this” while simultaneously thinking “That is so true!” The combination of the two make you laugh even harder at his jokes–and makes me love him even more. If you’ve ever met my husband you’ll totally get that this is sort of a running theme in my life.
Aside from his honesty being funny, it’s kind of refreshing. In a world full of bullshitting bullshitters that will butter you up with anything they think will help their cause (however noble or terrible it may be), Louis CK tells it like it is. There’s no softening of reality. There’s no delicate gloves for protection. He gives it to you straight and you have no choice but to laugh at the ridiculousness of reality.
He actually seems like a good guy.
Yes, he talks about sex and bodily functions. Yes, he curses like a sailor. No, he is not politically correct. And yes, he seems like a pretty cool guy and a decent human being.
He postponed his show in New York the night before Sandy hit, just in case there was a chance people would be in danger. But instead of just leaving it at that and letting people fend for themselves ticket wise, he did the best anyone could possibly do in that situation by offering a full refund or tickets to other shows if the new date didn’t work. He also did a couple of benefit shoes in Staten Island after Sandy. Because he’s good people. That’s why.
I like a good guy. Especially a good guy who at first seems a little crass and suspect.
There’s also this (which is especially funny if you watch Louie).
Who’s with me? And who’s gonna share their crushes that make people go “Huh?”
photo by Martin Schoeller via GQ.