The National Catholic Review

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

Beth Cioffoletti | 9/16/2010 - 9:44am
Loved this - and appreciate that it was recommended on a Catholic blog site.  This is not only funny, it is twistedly insightful. 
Anonymous | 9/16/2010 - 12:00pm
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.