Writing for a Comedy Series: “So Did the Fat Lady,” Louis C.K.
Directing for a Comedy Series: “Elevator, Part 6,” Louis C.K.
Although Louis C.K. has a coveted hands-off relationship with FX, he’s also adept at anticipating potential problems. For “So Did the Fat Lady,” C.K. made a case for including one f-word in guest star Sarah Baker’s much-discussed speech, according to producer and co-star Pamela Adlon.
“She looks at him and says, ‘Have you ever been with a fat girl? I’m not asking if you’ve fucked a fat girl.’ We can’t say fuck on the show, but Louie appealed to (FX),” Adlon says. “It’s not gratuitous and it’s really important that she be able to say it.”
The word made it into the episode, but C.K. also ensured that the fluid seven-minute tracking shot with Baker’s speech used every second of natural light as the sun went down.
Adlon says C.K. looks at every episode with the same cinematic eye, including “Elevator, Part 6,” for which he was also nominated. In the episode, Louie rescues his ex-wife and daughters during a raging hurricane, which was shot on a stage.
“They were all wearing wet suits underneath their clothes,” Adlon says. “It was in the dead of winter, and the stage was freezing and they were trying to keep the water warm. It was like shooting Noah’s Ark.”