Louie Anderson, Stand-Up Legend and 'Baskets' Actor, Dead at 68

Beloved comic also voiced Life With Louie and hosted Family Feud

Louie Anderson, Obit

1/22/2022 2:15:00 AM

Following the death of Louie Anderson , 'Baskets' co-creator Jonathan Krisel told Rolling Stone of the beloved comedian, 'All people I saw him interact with, he really wanted to make a genuine connection with'

Beloved comic also voiced Life With Louie and hosted Family Feud

(as a flower deliveryman) andThe following decade, Anderson’s childhood served as the inspiration for the animated series. Anderson was also recruited to serve as host ofduring the same period.Anderson based his portrayal of Christine Baskets after his own mother, a frequent inspiration and subject in his comedy. “It’s a great part,” Anderson

“He was really a loving person who instantly felt like he had been in your family for a long time. All people I saw him interact with, he really wanted to make a genuine connection with and considered worthy of getting to know and making them laugh,”Friday.

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A giant in the comedy world, Anderson began his career as a writer for stand-up legend Henny Youngman before breaking out on his own in 1984 with a show-stopping appearance on Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show: Throughout the Eighties, the affable Anderson made brief but memorable appearances in films like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (as a flower deliveryman) and Coming to America , with Anderson reprising the role of lettuce-washing McDowells employee Maurice in Coming 2 America The following decade, Anderson’s childhood served as the inspiration for the animated series Life With Louie , as well as the short-lived sitcom The Louie Show . Anderson was also recruited to serve as host of Family Feud from 1999 to 2002 and was a stalwart on Hollywood Squares during the same period. While never out of the spotlight, Anderson enjoyed a career renaissance in 2016 with his acclaimed role in the Baskets , playing Christine Baskets, the mother of Zach Galifianakis’ twin characters. Anderson received an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for the role. Anderson based his portrayal of Christine Baskets after his own mother, a frequent inspiration and subject in his comedy. “It’s a great part,” Anderson CBS Sunday Morning of the role in 2018. “Christine Baskets is everywoman. There’s a whole bunch of Christine Baskets in the world, and nobody’s representing them, and I am.” “Mom! We did it!” Anderson said in his Emmy acceptance speech. “I haven’t always been a very good man, but I play one hell of a woman. This is for my mother, Ora Zella Anderson, who I stole every nuance, shameful look, cruel look, loving look [and] passive-aggressive line from.” “He was really a loving person who instantly felt like he had been in your family for a long time. All people I saw him interact with, he really wanted to make a genuine connection with and considered worthy of getting to know and making them laugh,” Baskets co-creator and director Jonathan Krisel told Rolling Stone Friday.   For Anderson, who admittedly wasn’t a great actor and struggled to find a sitcom to suit his talents in the Eighties — he was almost cast in Mark Linn-Baker’s role on Perfect Strangers , Krisel said — Baskets and the role of Christine Baskets were part of the “new kind of comedy” that Anderson felt was more in line with his own humor. “Even though it was a crazy idea, it did seem right for some reason, and it happened within 20 minutes of the idea coming up and him saying yes,” Krisel said of casting Anderson. “Sometimes those things can take months. He understood it.” While FX supported Anderson’s casting, co-creator and star Zack Galifianakis was “adamant” about keeping Anderson’s role a secret in order to surprise the viewer: Prior to the first season’s premiere, Anderson was kept out of press materials, and following Season 1, Anderson won his Primetime Emmy for the role. “It was such an immersive performance. I feel lucky to have worked with him. He was just a truly special person, one in a million,” Krisel added. Prior to , Krisel worked very briefly with Anderson on one episode of the Tim & Eric cartoon Tom Goes to the Mayor , executed produced by that duo and Bob Odenkirk. “To Bob, who is like the coolest, Louie was cool,” Krisel said. “He was cool to the alternative comedians and he was cool to Americana in general. There’s not that many people who are cool in both worlds, and [Anderson] was.” “We are so deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Louie Anderson. For four wonderful seasons, Louie graced us and fans of Baskets with a bravura performance as Christine Baskets, for which he deservedly was recognized by his peers with the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series,” FX, which aired Baskets , said in a statement.   “It was a risky role for him and he embraced it with a fearlessness and joy that demonstrated his brilliance as an artist. He truly cared about his craft and was a true professional in every sense. Our hearts go out to his loved ones and his  Baskets  family – Zach Galifianakis, Jonathan Krisel and Martha Kelly and all the cast and crew. He will be missed by us all but never forgotten and always bring a smile to our faces.” Soon after, Anderson would appear in shows like Search Party (as a bumbling lawyer) and Young Sheldon . Anderson was also the author of several books that dealt with his childhood and self-esteem issues, including Dear Dad – Letters From an Adult Child and , featuring letters Anderson wrote to his late parents, and the self-help book The F Word: How to Survive Your Family . Many in the comedy world who worked or were friends with Anderson paid tribute to the beloved comic following news of his death. “Baskets was such a phenomenal ‘second act’ for Louie Anderson. I wish he’d gotten a third. RIP,” Michael McKean