Louie Anderson started his four-decade stand-up career on a challenge at a small club in Minneapolis called Mickey Finn that hosted 50 people.
He only had three minutes to make an impression.
“I think my first joke was ‘I can’t stay long, I’m between meals,'” Anderson recalls.
Since, Anderson lightened her weight and used her family as comedic fodder on stage, in comedy specials and on television. No stranger to the Humor and magic club on stage, he will return to the Hermosa Beach site on Sunday, February 24.
After all these years, Anderson said he’s still humbled that he can fill a room. He said he’s always there when it comes to performing and he tries harder than ever to come up with the perfect joke.
“I always approach it with tremendous exuberance,” Anderson said. “The thing I added is that I have a new mantra.
“People took time out of their schedules, paid money, had a babysitter, all of those things, left their homes to see me,” he added. “You have to be dedicated to what you are doing. My dedication and awareness of what the public should get is more than before. “
After making a name for himself in Minnesota comedy clubs, Anderson got a life-changing hiatus when he starred in “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” in 1984.
Within a week, he made a deal with NBC, opened at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, appeared at the Dunes Hotel, and opened for the Commodores at Bally’s in Las Vegas.
“I killed him when I got there and that’s it,” Anderson said. “I have never looked back.”
Anderson has also appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “Late Show with David Letterman”, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, “Comic Relief” and numerous comedy specials. He hosted “Family Feud”, guest on sitcoms and dramas, and in 1995 created his own Saturday morning animated series, “Life with Louie,” based on his childhood and won two Emmy Awards.
In 2015, Anderson signed on to play Christine Baskets, the mother of twins, Chip and Dale Everett Baskets, played by Zach Galifianakis, in the black comedy “Baskets. The show debuted on FX in January 2016. The show follows the story of Chip Baskets, who dreams of becoming a professional clown, but ends up working in a rodeo in Bakersfield, his hometown.
For Christine Baskets, Anderson channeled his late mother, as he has done with his stand-up from the start. He won an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2016 for this role.
“I embrace her and open my heart to the character and trust the people around me, especially Jonathan Krisel (creator, director) to guide me through,” Anderson said. “I’m trying to take Louis Anderson out of the whole picture. I hope when people look at it they don’t see me.
Anderson is also a bestselling author, including ‘Hey Mom’, published in 2018. The book pays tribute to his mother, Ora Zella Anderson, who raised 11 children with an ‘abusive’ husband.
“I had so many questions for my mom who was playing it that I really wanted to write the book,” he said, “so people could realize that if they had a million questions to ask. their mom and dad and they should do it because they won’t stand a chance once they’re gone.
Anderson said he first appeared at the Comedy and Magic Club in 1982. He said the club was a prototype of what a comedy club should be, with owner Mike Lacey championing form. artistic comedy.
“He (Lacey) has a special place in the hearts of comics and magicians,” Anderson said. “He’s a keeper of history, which is really fantastic.”