I fucking loved it. I thought it was his best show yet – because it showed him being more comfortable with concepts instead of bits.
What it reminded me of is Bill Cosby’s “Himself”. Makes me think he recently went back and re-watched that special. And thought “yeah.. I like that vibe. I wanna try that vibe for awhile”. Maybe not literally – but he at least had a similar mindset, that his audience was attentive enough to handle it and he was comfortable enough to explore it. It seems to be no accident that he’s mentioned “Himself” a few times in recent interviews.
When you’re a younger comic, you have to think in 10 minute increments (or less). At the level Louis is at, he does 30+ minutes as a drop-in set at the Improv, and performs 60+ minutes at huge theatres several times a month.
If you took any one of those chunks out of this special and threw it into a standard 8-10 minute act, it would fall flat without context of the person performing it and the material that surrounded it. [ … ]
This is basically a follow-up joke to one of my newer bits “the etymology of sucking dick” (here’s a clip of that, from a night at the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club), wherein I take another common phrase we don’t think much about, and wonder if a more apt term is available. [ … ]