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Louie Anderson is one of the most versatile and successful comedians working in Hollywood today, loved by the television audiences who never missed his nightly hit series "Family Feud" or his appearances on late night chat shows. He is adored by standing-room-only crowds in Las Vegas and respected by readers of his books. He is worshipped by the rising comics he mentors and encourages with his honesty and wisdom. Sharing the ups and downs of his childhood experiences as one of eleven children in Minnesota, Louie crafted comedy routines that rang true for his early club audiences while reducing them to helpless fits of laughter, routines that led him from his career as a counselor to troubled children to the first-place trophy at the 1981 Midwest Comedy Competition. Henny Youngman, who hosted the competition, recognized the diamond-in-the-rough genius of the young comic and hired him as a writer, providing invaluable experience that soon put Louie in his own spotlight on comedy stages all over the country.
Johnny Carson, the comedy icon for generations of rising stars, invited Louie to make his national television debut on the "The Tonight Show" in 1984, and the rest is history. Leno, Letterman, "Comic Relief" and Showtime and HBO specials followed, making Louie a household name and opening doors for him as an actor. He has guest-starred in sitcoms like "Grace Under Fire" and dramas like "Touched by an Angel" and "Chicago Hope," and he has had memorable featured roles in film comedies like "Coming to America," opposite of Eddie Murphy, and the classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." He is also host of the hilarious "Comedy Showcase," the late-night series that follows "Saturday Night Live."
In 1995 Louie put his creative energies to work on the Saturday morning animated series "Life with Louie." The long-running series based on Louie's own childhood and his life with his father won three Humanitas Prizes for writing on a children's animated series, making him the only three-time recipient of this award. It also earned a Genesis Award for its depiction of the proper treatment of animals and, most significantly, two Emmy Awards.
His best selling books include Dear Dad - Letters From An Adult Child, a collection of alternately touching and outrageous letters from Louie to his late father, and Good-bye Jumbo...Hello Cruel World, self-help for those who struggle with self-esteem issues, as only an award-winning comedian could write it.
Louie recently finished writing his newest installment on family,THE F WORD, HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR FAMILY. Now, Louie is traveling the States doing what Louie loves to do, Stand Up Comedy. Louie again delivers to his fans his inimitable brand of humor and warmth.
Louie Anderson's Celebrity Licensing Program
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Louie Anderson is an outstanding personality on the modern scene. He has made hundreds of appearances on national shows including David Letterman, Jay Leno, Roseanne, Joan Rivers, Howie Mendel, Whoopie Goldberg, Comic Relief, Showtime and many others. Louie currently has his "Comedy Showcase" show on NBC and his "Life with Louie" show on Fox Television. Louie performs regularly to sold out crowds in Las Vegas, Reno, Atlantic City, Westbury, Hollywood, and numerous other cities. He has written two best selling books and is completing a third.
Louie has written and starred in four HBO specials and has already won two prestigious Emmys.
Louie is highly valued for his multi audience sales drawing power as attested to by his commercials for Northwest Airlines, Seven-11, Campbell's soup, Sports Authority and others.
Louie Anderson has always created and worn his own designs because he was unhappy with fashions that seemed to have been made just to cover but not flatter his larger figure. Now he is going to both bring and wear his original styles and fit for the big and tall man. A "Redwoods" man.
Louie Anderson has been selected to host the all new version of one of television's longest running shows.... Family feud! The show will run five days a week in prime time on national television this coming season. He will strongly support the licensing program by doing a virtual "show and tell" in front of millions on television, in resorts, guest appearances, hotels, corporate shows, book tours, charity events and even a new, forthcoming golf video.
Think of it! Creative, live, free advertising – Louie will wear, show and talk about the merchandise he is endorsing before millions of consumers.
Comedian Anderson takes stage in Curtiss
Comedian Louie Anderson is set to make central Wisconsin audiences laugh Tuesday night as he makes his way across the country on a comedy tour.
Anderson and special guest Scott Hansen, both Minnesota natives, will perform in Curtiss as part of their Good Friends Comedy Tour.
"I'm very excited," said Shane Chapman, manager at El Norteno. He said he used a few connections to secure the restaurant as a stop for Anderson.
"We hope to have a good turnout," he said, adding the remainder of the tickets are selling quickly. He's hoping radio ads for the show today and Tuesday boost ticket sales.
Anderson underwent successful heart surgery in November 2003, after which he told Hansen he needed to "prime his comedy pump" with a series of performances.
Anderson's film experience involves roles in films such as "Coming to America," "Quicksilver" and "Ratboy," and he has hosted his own comedy specials on the HBO and Showtime networks, as well as the game show "Family Feud."
His career started as a dare when he told his friends at a comedy club he thought he was as funny as the comics.
Louie Anderson's Special Program
Today on Right on the Money!: comedian Louie Anderson introduces us to his cousin Ernie, who knows a good deal when he sees one.
Right on the Money! guest Ernie: Well, I get a free pair of underwear with that, though. But he’s acquired a mountain of debt on nothing but toys.
Right on the Money! guest Louie Anderson: That’s when you’re really stupid. And he thinks he’s going to get out of debt. And we all think we’re going to get out of debt.
Ernie needs help, so we go shopping for answers with financial planner Ross Levin.
Right on the Money! expert Ross Levin: The reality is there's some kind of psychological need that's being met through these purchases.
Then it’s off to the Big Apple where Dr. Tightwad tells us Ernie is not alone.
Right on the Money! expert Janet Bodnar: The problem of credit overload, in particular credit card overload is very, very common in this country.
Plus, loads of laughs with the funny man.
Louie: I’m kidding, I’m kidding! I bought this!
Ernie: Oh my god, look! I’ve been pre-approved!
Chris: ... next on Right on the Money!, the show you can’t afford to miss. It all started innocently enough. I decided to take a break from the world of personal finance and take in an evening with one of my favorite comedians ...
Man: And I want to have a very huge welcome for Mr. Louie Anderson.
Louie Anderson: Thank you, thank you. Thank you very much. That's very nice of you. I appreciate that. How are you doing tonight? Good? This the comedy club on -- is it Thursday?
Chris: A little relaxation, a few laughs. And a table in the front row ...
Louie: I've been in Vegas, so I don't know what. That's where you get into the money thing, boy, you get greedy in Vegas, you know. That's the only place that you can bet $25, get it up to $500 and refuse to quit. You get into this thinking. And your friends will tell you. Great. You took $25, you made it $500. Yeah. Imagine what I can do with the $500 now. That's when you're really stupid.
And then you start making deals with yourself. At $300 I'm going to walk out of here, I'll tell you that. At $250 I want you to take a club and bash me in the head, drag my corpse out. And then you get down to $50, and you go who would want it?
I have a cousin Ernie like that who buys stuff.
He's got a big snowblower that's actually the biggest snowblower you can buy, with a remote control, you know, so he doesn't even have to go outside.
He's got the microwave and a satellite dish, it's all in one. He cooks and watches at the same time.
He's got every single thing you could need, you know. And he owes money for every single thing. He doesn't own anything. He just buys it and then puts it on his card. And then does a little day trading, and then does a little night trading.
And he’s in debt, and he’s always in debt, and he thinks he’s going to get out of debt. And we all think we’re going to get out of debt.
Credit-card debt and day trading -- I feel like Michael Corleone in Godfather III, just when I think out, they pull me back in. How are you, ma'am, are you good with money?
Louie: Yeah. And what do you do?
Woman: I'm a real estate closer.
Louie: You're a real estate closer. Oh, what's that? I'm a real estate opener.
Woman: We could use you.
Louie: Now, what is a real estate closer? You mean at the end where you've got to sign all those papers?
Woman: Yeah, right.
Louie: Oh, get a rope.
Chris: I tell myself to just keep laughing and he'll leave me alone. . . But then…
Louie: How about you, sir, what's your name?
Chris: Chris Farrell.
Louie: Hey, Chris, how are you?
Louie: Oh, you have that show, "Nobody’s Got Any Money."
Chris: Here I thought I had a night off. Next thing I know, I’m talking about the show and offering to help Louie’s cousin Ernie.
Louie: You might be able to help my cousin. Can he stay at your house?
Chris: No, no. But I'll visit with him.
Louie: Ernie, we've got you help.
Life with Louie Anderson
Life with Louie was a thirty minute semi-autobiographical animated series on FOX that was based on the childhood of comedian Louie Anderson.
Animated Louie lived at home with his father, Andy (a grumpy war veteran), mother, Ora, and little brother, Tommy. Each episode began with a live-action appearance of Louie Anderson introducing the show and setting up the plot. The show focused mostly on the funny events of life growing up.
It was a hit show for FOX (as part of the Saturday morning lineup). The show has aired many times after it stopped producing new episodes - the last one being aired in March 1998.
Louie Anderson won two Daytime Emmys for Life with Louie - both for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program. Was also nominated in 1999, but didn't win. The show was also nominated for another Daytime Emmy in 1999, for Outstanding Special Class - Animated Program, but didn't win that one either.
Life With Louie also had a second run in reruns on Fox Family. The show is about the adventures of Louie Anderson as a child, growing up with his sweet-hearted mother, his loud and war crazed father, his 10 siblings, and children at school who love to tease him. During it's original run, the show ran on FOX. It then went into syndication on FOX Family (now known as ABC Family) and YTV. Currently, this show does not air on any US channels that I am aware of. If you know of any channels that do air LWL, please post it in the forum. Life With Louie recieved a TV-Y rating during its US run.