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Set in Duluth, The Louie Show debuted 20 years ago

The subject of The Louie Show, Louie Anderson’s 1996 TV situation comedy set in Duluth, was covered fairly in-depth on PDD two years ago, but we mark the 20th anniversary of the airing of the first episode with a few updates. Particularly, there’s the discovery of the Louie Anderson interview above, conducted by KDLH-TV’s Joe Thornton, which aired during the 10 p.m. newscast following episode #2.

When the first PDD post about The Louie Show went up there were zero clips of the show available online. Since then we’ve tracked down excerpts from the first four episodes and updated the original post with video embeds. The most recent unearthing is — just in time for the anniversary — Episode 1: “Take Two Donuts and Call Me in the Morning.” It aired on Jan. 31, 1996.

To watch the other clips and read more, visit the posts “The Louie Show” and “The Louie Show: Intro and Theme.”

And we close this tribute with a peek at the future:

Louie Anderson 2016

The Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported two weeks ago that Louie Anderson plays a “Costco-loving, domineering mom” in Baskets, a show co-created by Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel, which premiered on FX on Jan. 21.

“Baskets“ stars Zach Galifianakis (“The Hangover,” “Between Two Ferns”) as Chip Baskets, a man studying at a French clowning school even though he doesn’t speak French. Eventually he moves back home to Bakersfield, Calif., settling on a job as a rodeo clown. It’s here where he ends up vying for the attention of his mother (played by Anderson), who’s enamored with her adopted twins, but not so much with her biological children Chip and his twin brother Dale (also played by Galifianakis).

Joe ThrontonAnd whatever happened to KDLH-TV’s Joe Thornton? According to his LinkedIn page, he left KDLH in 1997 and has worked a variety of communications jobs in the Twin Cities area, presently serving as director of communications at Convergys, a business process outsourcing organization with an office in Eagan.

3 Comments

Shane

about 4 years ago

I might have the Louie show recorded on VHS. How difficult is it to transfer it to digital?

Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

The necessary cable to connect a VCR to a computer was running at around $70 a few years ago when I bought one. It's not terribly complicated, but it does take a little time to dub the footage, polish the edges and upload to YouTube.

Joe Thornton

about 3 years ago

Oh my gosh! What a blast from the past. That was one of my all-time favorite interviews during my TV days. Louie was a kind and gracious guest. Very accommodating and we spent a lot of time talking that day via that archaic little TV set. Thanks for surfacing that clip!

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