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TV Preview: Louie, Fox

He might be one of Ricky Gervais’ favourite comedians but please don’t hold that against Louis CK. The sour-faced comedian returns to the UK screens this week for the fifth series of his sitcom Louie – notice the different spelling, it can’t possibly be autobiographical. Can it?

Advance publicity for this series suggested that it might be less dark more “jokecentric”, and there are certainly plenty of laugh-out-loud moments here, from the Comedy Cellar stand-up club opening routine to the closing shouting match pay-off.

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News: Ricky Gervais Gets Another Golden Globes Nod

Ricky Gervais has been nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Actor, Comedy or Musical Series Category for his performamce in Derek. Also nominated are Louis CK (Louie), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) and William H Macy (Shameless).

The Best Actress, Comedy or Musical Series nominations are Lenna Dunham (Girls), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) and Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black).

Opinion: The World's Weirdest Comedy Cameo?

German film-maker Werner Herzog has revealed that he will be appearing in the seventh series of the sitcom Parks & Recreation. At a Q&A at the Brooklyn Academy of Music he said that he had recently filmed his part: "Just ten days ago I acted in a tiny cameo part in a TV show called 'Parks and Recreation.”

TV Review: Louie, Fox

Chuffed to see that Louie is back on the television in the UK. And even more chuffed to see that it starts with a truly great triple whammy - three episodes linked together like a comedy human centipede to make The Late Show Trilogy.

Preview: The Week Ahead June 10 - 16

Bloody Americans, coming over here and entertaining our comedy fans…  Last week Judah Friedlander made his London debut and was a bit of a disappointment. There should be no such problems with Aziz Ansari, who comes to the Hammersmith Apollo this Saturday.

Review: Louis CK, Hammersmith Apollo

Well, he came, he saw, he played the wrong venue, didn't do much in the way of advance press, but he conquered. After all the fuss about Louis CK jumping from the Bloomsbury Theatre on his last UK visit to the Hammersmith Apollo and the O2 Arena, the reviews gave him a unanimous thumbs up.

Classic Interview: Louis CK

Louis CK plays the O2 Arena on March 20 and two shows at the Hammersmith Apollo on March 21. You can buy tickets here. That is a hell of a jump from 2008 when I interviewed him for The Times. Back then he was coming over to do some shows at the 160-seater Soho Theatre. So what went right? Well, he has a hit TV show, Louie, currently airing on Fox.

Opinion: The Long and the Short of a Stand-up Show

Strange goings-on at Daniel Simonsen at the Soho Theatre last night. The Foster's Award Best Newcomer was delivering his laid-back, deadpan schtick and going down pretty well when he looked at his watch. "42 minutes...I gotta do 50," he muttered. It was not a joke. He had run out of material.

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