Stand-up comic and actor Louie Anderson, Emmy-winning 'Baskets' star, dies at 68

Stand-up comic and actor Louie Anderson, Emmy-winning ‘Baskets’ star, dies at 68

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1/21/2022 6:35:00 PM

Stand-up comic and actor Louie Anderson, Emmy-winning ‘Baskets’ star, dies at 68

'Life With Louie' and 'Baskets' actor Louie Anderson, who had a long career as a stand-up comic and also wrote well-received books, died Friday.

Louie Anderson as Christine Baskets, left, and Julia Rose Gruenberg as Crystal in an episode of “Baskets.”Anderson got his start as a stand-up comedian working clubs with an observational comedy routine, often poking fun at his large-family dynamic — and his large build. He once told Conan O’Brien about the first joke he told for an audience in 1978. “I walked up on stage and I go, ‘I can’t stay long, I’m between meals,’” Anderson said. “And it got a big laugh.”

Video: Why Louie Anderson doesn’t want to get too highfalutin with all the love for ‘Baskets’“I’m doing it very slowly. I’m not doing an Oprah,” heDuring that year off, Anderson also did some soul-searching about his unhappy childhood, including whether he could continue joking about it in his stand-up act.

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