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Comedian Anderson has dropped weight, kept the comedy

| Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
Comedian Louie Anderson
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Comedian Louie Anderson

Before there was Louie CK, there was Louie Anderson, who found a gold mine of comedy churning out copious amounts of material about his family life. His instantaneous likability drew a loyal fan base who related to the everyman just trying to get through life.

These two Louies are alike in only two things: name and comedic productivity. They may start in similar spots, but their jokes end up in completely different places. Anderson is the comedian you can take your grandmother to and she'll say, “He's such a funny young boy,” even though he's now 61. He'll be performing May 23 and 24 at Latitude 40 in Robinson.

Jerry Seinfeld said, “Comedians work hard to make it look easy. Nobody makes it look easier than Louie Anderson. Although many things in his life are not sure or certain, there is one thing that, when Louie Anderson, takes the stage the audience is strapped and ready to go wherever it is Anderson wants to take them.”

Anderson has been active losing weight — more than 50 pounds — and has inspired many of his fans through his “Off the Couch” program (check it out on Facebook).

“I feel great. I'm invigorated and my energy level is so much better,” he says.

Anderson, who developed an affinity for swimming on his guest appearance on the show “Splash,” is not only busy working out, he just finished a pilot called “The Food Court,” which he describes as “People's Court for Food.”

Question: What is your recipe for creating so much comedy material?

Answer: Why do we do this to ourselves? Deniability plays a big role (in my comedy). What's effective for me is I check in with how am I feeling.

That and people don't mind their business. Like I'm having my knee replaced and people all say, “What about the rehab? You ready for that rehab?” Basically, people think I'm the laziest person on Earth. Or another fat person tells me how to lose weight. “So how's that working for you?”

Q: Most comedians, by nature, aren't happy. Is Louie Anderson happy?

A: I am very happy now. What changed my mind was when you lose people in your life, it changes things. Success has made me grateful and happy. People still want to see me. I mean something to those people. That's a great gift.

Q: Is there a fundamental truth about life?

A: Whatever you want people to do in a situation, they won't. I'm almost always wrong when I judge people — and you find out the majority of people are just good people.

Q: What do you most want to be remembered for?

A: Isn't he that guy that lost all that weight?

Comedian Matt Wohlfarth is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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