Travon Free Remembers Louie Anderson: “One of the Kindest, Warmest and Funniest People”

Comedian Travon Free Remembers Louie Anderson: “One of the Kindest, Warmest and Funniest People”

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1/22/2022 2:32:00 AM

Comedian Travon Free Remembers Louie Anderson : “One of the Kindest, Warmest and Funniest People”

The Emmy-winning writer and Oscar-winning filmmaker pays tribute to Anderson after 11 years of friendship.

When I started my stand-up comedy career in college in 2007, there were a number of big named comics I’d admired greatly and even dreamed of making rooms laugh the way they did. Along the way to where I find myself in my career today, I’d met and worked with many of them, and some even become friends. One of them was Louie Anderson.

I consider myself lucky to be friends with Louie. We were introduced in 2011 by another comic friend, Halli Borgfjord, and soon after, it became immediately apparent to me why everyone loved Louie. He remains one of the kindest, warmest and funniest people I not only had the pleasure of working with but getting to just be around and learn from in everyday life.

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That he was. RIP I loved that guy. May he always rest in good peace. ♥️

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Louie Anderson, Iconic Stand-Up Comic and 'Baskets' Star, Dies at 68 When I started my stand-up comedy career in college in 2007, there were a number of big named comics I’d admired greatly and even dreamed of making rooms laugh the way they did. Along the way to where I find myself in my career today, I’d met and worked with many of them, and some even become friends. One of them was Louie Anderson. I consider myself lucky to be friends with Louie. We were introduced in 2011 by another comic friend, Halli Borgfjord, and soon after, it became immediately apparent to me why everyone loved Louie. He remains one of the kindest, warmest and funniest people I not only had the pleasure of working with but getting to just be around and learn from in everyday life. Anyone starting out in stand-up comedy knows it’s a long hellacious road to making a living on stage. You get by on a lot of favors and comedy club chicken fingers. And if you’re good enough, a headliner will take you on the road with them so that you can keep paying your portion of the rent with your three roommates back in L.A. For myself, the people who took me under their wings were Russell Peters and Louie Anderson. To say I was broke in 2012 would be a massive understatement. According to Bank of America, I had negative money. So, over the course of the year, when I was on the verge of selling a kidney or two, I could call up Louie, and with no hesitation, he’d put a group of us young guys up at the Palace Station Casino where he performed every night and let us open for him. He was that kind of guy. The kind of guy who would talk to my mom on the phone like they were old friends. The kind of guy who would make you feel great about every set you performed and was waiting for you in the wings with punchline suggestions you couldn’t believe you didn’t see right in front of your face. Louie cared about comedy so much, but above that, he cared more about people. In September of 2012, after we’d finished a weekend with him, he’d offered to co-sign a comedy tour for myself and some of the other comics he would have open for him like Eli Braden and Pauley Castillas. We were going to get big splashy posters with our names and faces, and the giant “Louie Anderson Presents” printed above our heads. But four days after that weekend with Louie, I was offered a writing job on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and I had to put my touring dreams aside. I would next see Louie at the Emmys, the same place he’d said he’d see my mom in the inscription of the book he signed to her, and I got to give him a big hug and play a little catch-up. These are some of the memories I’ll cherish most. We saw it mentioned a lot during the outpouring of love when Bob Saget recently passed, and you will hear it a lot when people talk about Louie Anderson: kindness. In everything he did, he did it with kindness, and I wish there were more people like him in this business and the world. I’ll miss hearing him say my name in his iconic voice, but more than that, I’ll miss you, Louie. Rest in paradise, my friend. Read More About: