Iconic comedian Louie Anderson, the three time Emmy award winner, is one of the country's most recognized
and adored comics; named by Comedy Central as "One of 100 Greatest Stand­Up Comedians of All Time." His
career has spanned more than 30 years. He is a best selling author, star of his own standup specials and
sitcoms, and he continues to tour the country performing to standing room only crowds worldwide.
In 2016, Louie was cast to co­star along with Zach Galifianakis and Martha Kelly in the hit FX series, "Baskets."
Anderson's extraordinary new role is Christine Baskets, the matriarch of the Baskets clan. The character is
based on both his mother and his five sisters, who were a major presence in his life.
"I'm not as nice in the character as my mom was as a person. It really is an extension of my mom, Anderson
says, adding that he always aims to make his performance "as real as possible" without "affecting or
cartooning it up. It felt like it was divine intervention when I got the call to be on the show, that somehow my
mom, from the great beyond, was finally getting herself into show business where she truly belonged in the first
place."
Sharing the ups and downs of his childhood experiences as one of eleven children in Minnesota, Louie crafted
comedy routines that rang true for his early club audiences while reducing them to helpless fits of laughter,
routines that led him from his career as a counselor to troubled children to the first­place trophy at the 1981
Midwest Comedy Competition. Henny Youngman, who hosted the competition, recognized the
diamond­in­the­rough genius of the young comic and hired him as a writer, providing invaluable experience
that soon put Louie in his own spotlight on comedy stages all over the country.
Johnny Carson, the comedy icon for generations of rising stars, invited Louie to make his national television
debut on the "The Tonight Show" in 1984, and the rest is history. Leno, Letterman, The Late Late Show with
Craig Ferguson, "Comic Relief" and Showtime, HBO and CMT specials followed, including hosting the
legendary game show, Family Feud, making Louie a household name and opening doors for him as an actor.
He has guest­starred in sitcoms like "Grace Under Fire" and dramas like "Touched by an Angel" and "Chicago
Hope," and he has had memorable featured roles in film comedies like "Coming to America," opposite of Eddie
Murphy, and the classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." In 2013, he took a dive on the ABC reality series, "Splash"
where he conquered his own fears while becoming an inspiration of hope. His standup Special, "Big Baby
Boomer" premiered on CMT, in 2013. Also in that year, he competed and inspired on the ABC reality
competition show, Splash. Louie is currently starring on the FX series, "Baskets".
In 1995 Louie put his creative energies to work on the Saturday morning animated series "Life with Louie." The
long­running series based on Louie's own childhood and his life with his father won three Humanitas Prizes for
writing on a children's' animated series, making him the only three­time recipient of this award. It also earned a
Genesis Award for its depiction of the proper treatment of animals and, most significantly, two Emmy Awards.
His best selling books include Dear Dad – Letters From An Adult Child, a collection of alternately touching and
outrageous letters from Louie to his late father, and Good­bye Jumbo…Hello Cruel World, self­help for those
who struggle with self­esteem issues, and his latest installment on family, The F Word, How To Survive Your
Family.
When not in production, Louie continues to tour, traveling the States doing what Louie loves to do, Stand Up
Comedy. Louie again delivers to his fans his inimitable brand of humor and warmth

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