Louie Anderson & Matthew O’Callaghan (1994)
Sadly, Louie Anderson passed away on January 21, 2022. Louie Anderson has always reminded me of my childhood and spending time with my younger brothers in our first family home. When I heard of his passing a flood of memories came washing over me. Unfortunately, I was unable to post something in his honor on the day of his passing, but here’s something to remember Louie by and maybe your childhood too.
Life with Louie is an American animated television series. The show is based on the childhood of well-known stand-up comedian Louie Anderson, growing up with his family in the town of Cedar Knoll, Wisconsin during the early 1960s, although Anderson himself was actually from Saint Paul, Minnesota, also situated in midwestern US.
The first two episodes aired in primetime on Fox in late 1994, before moving to Saturday morning on Fox Kids from 1995 to 1998. Although not that popular in the U.S., Life with Louie achieved cult status in some countries in Eastern Europe where Fox Kids was a popular TV channel during the 1990s and early 2000s, most notably Romania and in Turkey.
Born one of 11 children in St. Paul, Minnesota, Anderson was a counselor for troubled children when he won a the first–place trophy at the 1981 Midwest Comedy Competition.
The host of the competition, legendary comedian Henny Youngman, was so impressed that he hired the young comic as a writer.
Anderson was soon basking in his own spotlight on comedy stages all over the country.Johnny Carson invited Anderson to make his national television debut on the “The Tonight Show” in 1984 and Anderson’s career took off.
Appearances with Jay Leno, David Letterman, “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Comic Relief,” as well as Showtime and HBO specials further cemented him as one of Hollywood’s top comedians.
But it was hosting the beloved game show “Family Feud” in 1999 that made Anderson a household name and opened doors for him into acting.