New Louis C.K. Special Premieres Tonight

'Oh My God' covers bacon, slavery, divorce, etc.

New Louis C.K. Special Premieres Tonight

Louis C.K. is nothing if not prolific. His exploits are well-documented: constant touring with seemingly endless new material; writing, editing, and starring in his critically acclaimed, groundbreaking television series Louie; and self-distributing much of his material.

Recorded in Phoenix at "the nicest place for miles in every direction," Louie's most recent special, Oh My God, is decidedly higher-profile than his previous efforts, having been promoted extensively by HBO. But in every critical respect, it is a classic Louie C.K. performance, and fans of the comic's trademark cynicism and self-deprecating humor will not be disappointed.

From weighing the relative merits of marriage and divorce ("No one ever says 'my divorce is falling apart'"), to blasting smartphone-toting parents at his kids' school ("The resolution on the kid is unbelievable if you just look. It's HD!"), Louie makes it look effortless. A riff on visiting seals at the aquarium with his daughter perfectly encapsulates what makes the special so successful: The comic takes his audience from “Look at this goofball making noises” to “I feel odd for laughing at this” in seconds flat.

And without spoiling anything, his closer – the hysterical "of course, but maybe" bit – is impossibly dark and richly gratifying in the way that fans of Louie’s third season will find irresistible.

Certainly the audience in Phoenix – seated in-the-round, which makes for a much more kinetic performance – got the best seat in the house, but the couch tonight will be a close second.

Louis C.K.'s Oh My God premieres tonight, April 13, at 9pm CT on HBO.

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