Loading...
Loading...
Click here if you don’t see subscription options
Jim McDermottSeptember 15, 2010

About a week ago, comedian Louis C.K. presented an episode of his FX show "Louie" entitled "God".  It was a 22 minute riff on faith, Abraham and Isaac, the crucifixion and saying "Jesus Christ" as a curse.  Incredibly bawdy at some moments, it's nevertheless extremely thought-provoking.  Louis C.K. was raised Catholic for the early part of his life, and then eschewed organized religion.  And his take on some Catholic stuff is likely to offend some Christians; but I must say, I found his perspective both provocative and refreshing.  His image of the God of Abraham as sort of drunk-dialing Abraham, telling him to sacrifice Isaac, is irreverently funny, but also speaks to a lot of people's experience of the seeming arbitrariness of life (and in some preachers' hands, of God).

And his take on the crucifixion, in which a doctor educates grade schoolers on the precise medical impacts of the scourging, is both powerful, and also, in the end, filled with some reversals worthy of some serious mental wrestling.  

I'm often told by Catholics, there's nothing good on TV, nothing of substance or of significant reflection. Now, I disagree with that, I think there's a lot of interesting stuff going on, and some really powerful human stories on the networks and on cable. But if you're looking for something more explicitly religious,  Louis C.K. is definitely offering something substantial and challenging. But be warned, he may push your buttons. (Maybe that's not a bad thing....)

If you're interested in watching the program, here's the link.

 

Jim McDermott, S.J.

 

 

 

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.
11 years 9 months ago
Please.

Honestly, I have a feeling this is just to try to get under the skin those "tradie" Catholics who know the nature of CK's anti-Catholic rants on and off the show.  For instance his slander against the Holy Father on the Daily Show: "the pope F*&ks boys," were his exact words.

Trying to be "hip" by embracing low-ball, shock humor a la South Park or Louis CK is absurd.  There are plenty of great shows on TV - Mad Men or (off air) The Wire are two.
Beth Cioffoletti
11 years 9 months ago
Loved this - and appreciate that it was recommended on a Catholic blog site.  This is not only funny, it is twistedly insightful. 

The latest from america

A Mexican soldier patrols outside the Church in Cerocahui, Mexico, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
The bishops’ statement followed the slayings of two Jesuits and a person they were protecting in their parish—a crime attributed to a local crime boss in a part of the country dominated by drug cartels.
President Truman's envoy to the Vatican, Myron C. Taylor, left, has an audience with Pope Pius XII at Castelgandolfo near Rome, on Aug. 26, 1947. (AP Photo/Luigi Felici, File)
The documentation, published amid renewed debate about the legacy of the World War II-era pope, contains 2,700 files of requests for Vatican help from Jewish groups and families.
A school bus in front of a building; the building has a yellow banner on it that says “imagine a future free of gun violence.”
One month after Uvalde, we are growing numb to gun violence. Even so, we must resolve to comfort the mourners, to beat guns into plowshares, and to say “never again” and mean it.
Britt LubyJune 24, 2022
A man bows his head in prayer before a computer screen showing nine people doing the same
As pandemic restrictions have eased, most parishioners have returned to in-person Masses. But some would prefer the option for virtual services to remain.
Keara HanlonJune 24, 2022