Louie Anderson may not be the hippest or the most innovated comic working today but he’s definitely one of the best. Anderson plays to sold-out crowds from Las Vegas to Boston. He’s also a comedian’s comedian. The funnyman has the respect and admiration of veterans while newbies look to him for advice and wisdom.
Anderson’s comedy is self-effacing. He’s not afraid to poke fun of himself, mainly his weight. Anderson also uses his experiences growing up as the second-youngest of 11 children in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Anderson’s routine has a lot heart and warmth; there’s a sweetness to his act. Meanwhile, his delivery is silky smooth. Anderson never wastes a word.
“I live in California, the worst place in the world for fat people. There are three of us. They have us on eight-hour shifts, so it works out.” – Louie Anderson
In 1981, Louie Anderson won the Midwest Comedy Competition. The victory led to a job writing jokes for legendary funnyman Henny Youngman. In 1984, Anderson received his big break when he appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
Since then he’s had comedy specials on numerous networks including Showtime and HBO. Anderson has also appeared on a wide array of television shows including Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope, Growing Pains, and Grace Under Fire. He acted in the films “Coming to America” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
In 1985, Anderson was slated to star in the television sitcom Perfect Strangers. He was removed at the last minute because producers felt the chemistry between him and Bronson Pinchot wasn’t right.
In 1999, Anderson was hired to host the revival of the game show Family Feud. He invited Richard Dawson to appear on the premiere but the former host declined. Anderson was released as the Feud’s host in 2002.
In 1995, Anderson created and produced the animated series Life with Louie. The show aired on Fox for three seasons and was a huge hit. The program won two Emmy Awards.