Role model

Comic Louie Anderson Modeled His ‘Baskets’ Role After His Own Mom

Anderson returns to the sitcom “Baskets,” playing the mother — yes, mother — of Zach Galifianakis.

On the Fresh Air podcast:

Anderson has had a successful career in stand-up, but much of his material comes from a dark place. He grew up in St. Paul, Minn., in a housing project with an alcoholic father and 10 siblings. Like his character on “Baskets,” he’s had ongoing battles with his weight and with depression.

I never cared for Anderson until I heard this interview. He always seemed to be trying too hard to be wholesome, sunshiney and child-friendly. Here, I see where all that’s coming from, and he seems honest and wise.

He loves his family wholly and without reservation, while also being fully aware of their flaws and dark history of mental illness.

But I have no desire to see “Baskets.” I am not the target audience for that show.

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