Louis C.K. Show Spotlights Park Slope Landmarks

By Leslie Albrecht on July 17, 2012 8:26am 

PARK SLOPE — Park Slope fans of comic Louis C.K. are in for a treat — they'll get to see their neighborhood featured in several episodes of C.K.'s series "Louie" this season.

Park Slope's recurring role starts this Thursday with an episode where the appealingly awkward comedian chats up a character played by actress Parker Posey in The Community Bookstore on Seventh Avenue and Carroll Street.

The neighborhood store is one of several Park Slope landmarks that "Louie" will visit this season, the show's third on the FX Channel.

The doughy-bodied comedian with the razor-sharp mind also shot episodes spotlighting the Key Food on Seventh Avenue and Carroll Street, P.S. 321 on Seventh Avenue and First Street, Cafe Regular du Nord on Berkeley Place and Seventh Avenue, the Prospect Park carousel, and the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, a member of the show's locations department told DNAinfo.com New York.

The show, shot mainly in Manhattan during its first two seasons, also filmed at two private residences on Westminster Road in Prospect Park South.

The locations department staffer, who asked not to be named, said he couldn't divulge the plot points that brought C.K. to Park Slope. The show has won critical acclaim for its unique combination of sidesplitting stand-up humor and C.K.'s cringe-inducing interactions with others, which can be uncomfortable to watch even when they're between C.K. and his young daughters.

"Louie" filmed at The Community Bookstore in March and the store is featured in two episodes this season. Co-owner Stephanie Valdez said C.K. and crew members seemed "pretty excited to support a local bookseller."

Valdez wasn't familiar with the show, but she and other bookstore staff members liked what they saw when they watched some episodes. C.K.'s stand-up bits are frequently raunchy, but they also have an intellectual side, with the word-loving comedian lambasting modern society's misuse of words like "hilarious."

"His humor is pretty sophisticated, and often operates on multiple sophisticated conceits, so that's appealing to us," Valdez said. Bookstore staffers, many of whom either don't have TVs or don't have cable, are looking for a bar or another venue to watch Thursday night's episode, which airs at 10:30 p.m.

The "Louie" episode will be the bookstore's small screen debut, Valdez said. The store has been on film before, in the 2008 Tina Fey movie "Baby Mama."

C.K., the father of two young girls in real life and on the show, often discusses parenthood in his comedy. That subject matter could resonate in child-centric Park Slope, but the locations department staffer noted that doesn't guarantee hefty viewership in the area.

"I don't know how many people watch the show if they do have young kids, even though there are kids in the show, because it's hard to stay up until 10:30 at night when you have young kids," he said.

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