Is Louis C.K. hoaxing us?
By now, you’ve probably watched “Back,” the season premiere of Louie. (And if you haven’t, go watch it before we spoil things for you.) And you know that the highlight of the episode is the frank, funny discussion about masturbation that Louie shares with other comedians, including Sarah Silverman, Rick Crom, Nick DiPaolo, Jim Norton, and William Stephenson, at a poker table. (Norton, who recently spoke to me on Entertainment Weekly’s SiriusXM radio show TV Editor’s Hour, says the scene was inspired by the long-running real-life weekly poker games that Stephenson plays with other comedians, and he notes that the Louie scene was partly improvised.) Most of it is too dirty to quote here, but suffice to say that Norton confesses more about his proclivities than most men would admit, and there’s a line about Batman that almost made me shoot seltzer out my nose, like a clown. Also, it ends with Louie disappearing behind a closed door, holding a back massager, and it’s clear that he’s not planning on massaging his back. READ FULL STORY